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Bethany Refugee and Immigrant Services will be hosting its sixth annual Refugee World Cup soccer tournament on Saturday, June 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The tournament is open to the public, and parking and admission are free. Proceeds from concessions and merchandise go directly to Bethany’s Refugee Programs to assist refugees in every aspect of their new life in the United States. This soccer tournament, held close to World Refugee Day, will celebrate the refugee communities in West Michigan and around the world.

Players and community members come together not only to compete and spectate, but to celebrate the unique cultures that refugees have brought to West Michigan. This family-friendly event has activities for all ages, and offers great food, games and activities – all while watching talented players from across the world compete for the Refugee World Cup!

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Russ Mawby Signature Service Project 2019

On May 17, over a hundred service members from different West Michigan AmeriCorps programs were hard at work reducing blight in Muskegon Heights. 

thank you to all of the wonderful organizations who donated food and door prizes to make the 2019 West Michigan Russ Mawby Signature Service Project an awesome experience for our members!!!

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Books & Mortar
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Grand Rapids Public Museum
John Ball Zoo
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
Michigan State University
Mr.B's Pancake House
Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken
Grand Rapids Symphony

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Elyssa Hurdt

Position & Service Site

ENL Instructor/Tutor, Literacy Center of West Michigan

What you enjoy about your position?

I enjoy being able to help Hispanic families impact their kid’s academics by their own growth in language learning. 


What or who inspired you to join Americorps?

The lack of interpreting resources for Hispanic families at parent teacher conferences. One speech teacher told me when the school system didn’t have anyone available to interpret for a Hispanic mother, that the meeting “was what is was.”

Something you love to do and or most people don't know about you?

I love Latin Dancing. I dance salsa, bachata, merengue, and cumbia.

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