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It's AmeriCorps Week! Thank you all, current members and alumni alike, for your dedication and vision as well as for creating a million tiny lights in the darkness of those who need hope! 
Member Spotlight
Mia Mahaney 

AmeriCorps VISTA, Heart of West Michigan United Way 
  • What do you enjoy about your position?                                                          I enjoy almost all aspects of my position from ideating and research to event logistics planning, but my favorite experiences have been the project days where students are actively engaging in meaningful volunteerism. Witnessing the collaborations between the organizations, schools, and youth come to fruition and benefit both the students and community is really inspiring.
  • Describe your work style:                  My work style is a combination of detail-oriented planner and big-picture ideator.
  • What’s one thing about you that most people don’t know?                        I detest all red sauce including ketchup and prefer to order my pizzas without sauce.
  • Why would you recommend AmeriCorps to someone?                      AmeriCorps is a great chance to build your professional experiences and network while making a positive contribution to the community around you. The opportunities are so diverse that it seems like there’s a position that could fit anyone’s personality, interests, and skillset.
How to Stay Organized When Your Life Seems Chaotic

Lists of Things...

Whether you just started your term, are midway through, or almost done, it is never too late to get organized! Many people try to utilize agendas, notebooks and making lists, but keeping up with those things can seem daunting at times. Here are a few ways that make staying organized more manageable:

  • 3 most important tasks: Write down the three most important things to accomplish for the day. That makes your to-do list very manageable and getting those three things done can help accomplish other tasks you may have!

  • Use the recycle bin: Clearing off your workspace can help you get in the right mindset for staying organized. Throw away or recycle anything that you will not “read someday,” “do eventually,” or that is outdated. Delete any emails that you don’t need anymore. Use the delete button on your computer to clear up your desktop, your Google Drive, and any old documents you don’t need anymore.

  • Color code: Have multiple folders, pens, etc. to keep track of things. With different pens, you can see at a glance what you’re doing for service, for fun, and anything else you may have on your schedule. Colored folders can help you keep track of “Deal with now,” “deal with this week,” and “other” papers that need to be addressed.

  • Learn to say no: Quite possibly the hardest one for many, learning to say no to things can help you stay organized. Clearing up your schedule to have time for yourself can help you clear your head, and give you time to clean your space.

March is Reading Month!

This is a great time for you to grab your favorite book and dive right in!

 Green Eggs and Ham
By Dr. Seuss
Whose Toes Are Those?
By Jabari Asim


Clifford the Big Red Dog
By Norman Bridwell


More books...It's March Reading Month, people!!

A Wrinkle in Time
By Madeleine L'Engle

Bridging science and fantasy, darkness and light, fear and friendship, the story became a classic of children's literature and is beloved around the world.

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
By Jessica Bruder

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the wilderness campgrounds of California to an Amazon warehouse in Texas, people who once might have kicked back to enjoy their sunset years are hard at work.

The Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends.

LeaderCorps Corner


Americorps week is here, March 11-17!  We hope you will participate in the spirit days and the “you got served” initiative. The Spirit days are:

Sunday = Self-Care Sunday Post a photo or statement about how you recharge/re-energize each week.

Monday = Motivational Monday Post a quote or a photo that inspires you and helps you remain positive.

Tuesday = Thankful Tuesday Post a thank you message to those who have positively impacted your service journey (mentors, teachers, program/site staff, family, etc.).

Wednesday = Why Serve Wednesday Post a photo or statement about why you believe service is important & how it has changed you community, individuals, fellow members, or you personally.

Thursday = ACTBT Post a favorite memory and/or photo from your AmeriCorps service.

Friday = Friendship Friday Post a photo or share a story about a cherished friendship that was created through your service experience.

Saturday = Superhero Saturday Post a photo or tell us about a person who is a service superhero in your life or for your program.

The “You Got Served” initiative is for Michigan Americorps members to do random acts of kindness and encourage others to do so, as well. There are many no- and low-cost ways to participate! Reach out to your program director if you would like more information!

in Grand Rapids & Muskegon

Grand Rapids Area Events

March Moonshine Movie Market

Date:  March 15, 2018

Time:  5 pm - 10 pm

Hosted by:  The Vendor Exchange LLP

Venue:  The Pop Up Shop

315 S Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:  616.953.8377 

Price Per Person:  $10 per succulent garden


Community Music Project with AJ Paschka: Lasers & Live Music

Date:  March 16, 2018

Time: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Hosted by:  The Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse & Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

Venue:  The Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse

1331 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone:  616.459.9642

Price Per Person:  $10 per person



The 4th Annual 2018 NxMW Film Festival Epic Screening

Date:  March 17, 2018

Time:  12 pm - 9 pm

Hosted by:  North By Midwest Micro-Budget Film Festival & Public Media Network

Venue:   Epic Center

359 S Kalamazoo Mall Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Phone:  269.226.8784

Price Per Person:  Free



Rookie Renovations: Basic Plumbing Class

Date:  March 17, 2018

Time:  10 am - 12 pm

Hosted by:   Home Repair Services of Kent County

Venue:   Home Repair Services of Kent County

1100 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Phone: 616.241.2601

Price Per Person:  Free



Free Day at the GRPM!

Date:  March 18, 2018

Time:  10 am - 5 pm

Hosted by: Kent County Farm Bureau & Grand Rapids Public Museum

Venue:   Grand Rapids Public Museum

272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Phone:  616.929.1700

Price Per Person:  Free



GROW Connects: Grow Your Online Presence with a Blog

Date:  March 22, 2018

Time:  6 pm - 9 pm

Hosted by:  Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women

Venue:  Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women

25 Shelden Blvd SE #210, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:  616.458.3404

Price Per Person:  $25 per person



Muskegon area events

Swing Dance Lessons at SE4SONS

Dates: March 15th, 22nd, & 29th 2018 

Time: 6 pm - 7 pm

Venue: SE4SONS

2801 Lakeshore Dr, Muskegon, MI 49441

Phone: 231.755.3737

Price Per Person: $80 per couple & $55 per single



7th Annual Muskegon St. Patrick's Day Parade

Date: March 17, 2018

Time: 11 am Sponsored by: Hennessey's Pub & the Greater Muskegon Jaycees

Venue: Muskegon St. Patrick's Day Parade

from 4th St and Clay  Ave to Jefferson St, Muskegon, MI 49440

Phone: 231.286.3506

Price Per Person: Free but please bring a non-perishable food donation to benefit the Food Pantry of Catholic Charities West Michigan



Narnia, the Musical

Dates: March 22-24, 2018

Time: 7 pm - 9 pm

Hosted by: Artios Academies of Grand Haven & Frauenthal Center

Venue: Frauenthal Center

425 W Western Ave Ste 400, Muskegon, MI 49440

Phone: 231.722.9750

Price Per Person: $10 per person



Secrets of Bees Exhibit Opening & Family Fun Night

Date: March 23, 2018

Time: 5 pm - 7 pm

Hosted by: Lakeshore Museum Center

Venue: Lakeshore Museum Center

430 W Clay Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440

Phone: 231.722.0278

Price Per Person: Free for Muskegon County residents, $3 for non-residents


Newbie Night with Run Muskegon

Date: March 28, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Hosted by: Run Muskegon

Venue: Pigeon Hill Brewing Company

500 W Western Ave Ste 1, Muskegon, MI 49440

Phone: 231.375.5184

Price Per Person: Free



2nd Annual Dune Clean Up Days

Date: March 31, 2018

Times: 10 am - 2 pm

Hosted by: Silver Lake Recreation Association & Silver Lake State Park

Venue: Silver Lake State Park

9679 W State Park Rd, Mears, MI 49436

Phone: 231.873.3083

Price Per Person: Free


Get Inspired

From Joel Smith's graphic novel The Parish:

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