National AmeriCorps Week is coming up next month! What is it?

During the week of March 11-17, AmeriCorps Alums across the country host social, networking, and service events to celebrate the extraordinary value that AmeriCorps has had in their personal lives and in our nation.  
What can alumni do?
  • Share a video or an #AmeriCorpsWorks infographic on social media, available here
  • Invite a friend to like CNCS on Facebook or add AmeriCorps to your LinkedIn profile
  • Tag @NationalService in your Instagram photos or submit a blog for the CNCS Tumblr
  • Record and upload your story on YouTube (example), share your experience with your    University or local newspaper, or write an article about your experience for your LinkedIn profile (example)
  • Animate your story on YouTube or illustrate your story in a graphic novel
  • Present to a high school classroom using AmeriCorps PowerPoint
  • Set up a table at a college campus (access to promotion materials here)
  • Hang flyers in a local coffee shop
Member Spotlight
Miranda Buckwald

Family Literacy Tutor at the Literacy Center of West Michigan
  • What do you enjoy about your position?                                                          I am a Family Literacy Tutor and I work with adults learning English. My favorite part about my position is the relationships I have built with my learners. Helping them reach their personal goals is very rewarding.
  • Describe your work style:
    Most of my position is independent work. This aligns well with my personal working style. However, through coordinating group events, I have expanded my group leadership skills.
  • What’s one thing about you that most people don’t know?
    I also volunteer as a crisis counselor on Crisis Text Line.
  • Why would you recommend AmeriCorps to someone?                       It has given me the opportunity to grow professionally. However, most importantly, it has afforded me the opportunity to interact with members of my community that I wouldn’t have otherwise worked with.
How to Fight the Winter Blues

Is winter getting you down?

~Get a sun box! They simulate sunlight and having it on for 30 minutes in the morning can help your body feel like it’s getting the vitamin D it needs (but it won’t tan your skin)

~Eat chocolate. No, really! Chocolate helps enhance your mood and relieve anxiety. Just watch your serving sizes.

~Exercise. Not the most fun but still good to get your body moving and releases endorphins, which make you happy.

~Listen to music. Turning on some cheery tunes can help brighten even the dreariest of days.

~Plan something fun, like a vacation or even a night out with friends. This will give you something to look forward to, and help you forget about how cold it is outside.

~Go outside. Unless it’s below freezing, bundle up and go for a walk, or play in the snow. Getting some fresh air can clear your head and help you feel better.

~Wear bright colors. They may not be in season (If you’re a fashionista) but wearing bright colors can distract from the dark colors of winter.

What We're Reading!

“You cannot open a book without learning something.” ~Unknown

 Love, Lucy
By Lucille Ball
The story of the ingenue from Jamestown, New York, determined to go to Broadway, destined to make a big splash, bound to marry her Valentino, Desi Arnaz. In her own inimitable style, she tells of their life together—both storybook and turbulent; intimate memories of their children and friends; wonderful backstage anecdotes; the empire they founded; the dissolution of their marriage. And, with a heartfelt happy ending, her enduring marriage to Gary Morton
Things Fall Apart
By Chinua Achebe

This is a classic narrative about Africa's cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man's futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political and religious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order.

Their Eyes Were Watching God
By Zora Neale Hurston

A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don’t know how to live properly.

What We're Listening To

“Music can change the world because it can change people.” ~Bono

Dark Mind


Lucky Dube


Camila Cabello


LeaderCorps Corner


West Michigan Leadercorps have been hard at work! Last month, we were at a retreat discussing different service projects, Americorps Week, and professional development opportunities for West Michigan Americorps members. Americorps Week is March 11-17, so be on the lookout for information regarding the different theme days! Russ Mawby Signature Service day project (RMSS) is also in the process of being developed. Information should be out in April.

in Grand Rapids & Muskegon

Grand Rapids Area Events

Brunch at the Gardens: A Toast With Your NPR Hosts, with Special Guest Lakshmi Singh

Date:  March 10, 2018

Time:  11 am - 2 pm

Hosted by:  WGVU Public Radio & WGVU

Venue:  Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Phone:  616.957.1580

Price Per Person:  $75 ticket includes 3 drink vouchers, brunch buffet, silent auction, and admission to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park after the event

HQ Youth Drop-In Center Fundraiser

Date:  February 23, 2018

Time: 5 pm - 8 pm

Hosted by:  HQ, Apartment Lounge Gay Bar, and West Michigan Caterer

Venue:  Apartment Lounge Gay Bar

33 Shelden Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:  616.406.3945

Price Per Person:  Free

Funny Girls Presents: FeBREWary

Date:  February 22, 2018

Time:  8 pm - 11 pm

Venue:   The Fuse Box

120 South Division #227, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:  616.690.7049

Price Per Person:  $11.42 at Eventbrite

The Great Food & Wine Symposium

Date:  February 23, 2018

Time:  7:30 PM - 10 PM

Hosted by:   D&W Fresh Market & WGVU

Venue:   Grand Rapids Public Museum

272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Phone: 800.442.2771

Price Per Person:  $50 in advance or $60 at the door, price includes sampling more than 400 international wine and beer selections, as well as gourmet food from around the globe


Little Black Dress Party with Proceeds Going to Susan G. Komen Michigan

Dates:  February 24, 2018 - February 25, 2018

Time:  9 pm - 1 am

Venue:   JW Marriott Grand Rapids

235 Louis Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:  616.242.1500

Price Per Person:  General Admission is free and VIP Admission is $417.14 on Eventbrite

35th Annual Irish Jig 5K Pre-Registration to Help Support Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Date:  February 27, 2018

Time:  6 pm

Hosted by:  Derby Station & Spectrum Health

Venue:  Derby Station

2237 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone:  616.391.4544

Price Per Person:  for online registration: $20 for 12 & under, $30 for 13 & older, for late registration: $25 for 12 & under, $35 for 13 & older

Home Cider Makers Class

Date:  February 17, 2018

Time: 11 am - 2 pm

Venue:   Vander Mill

505 Ball Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:  616.259.8828 ext 110

Price Per Person:  $50, cost includes a tour of the production facility, an instructional class on how to make cider with the cider master Dave Bayes, and 5 gallons of cider to take home

Symphony with Soul: Ella, a Tribute

Date:  February 24, 2018

Time: 8 pm - 10 pm

Hosted by: Grand Rapids Symphony

Venue: DeVos Place & DeVos Performance Hall Grand Rapids Michigan

303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:  616.742.6500

Price Per Person:  tickets start at $18, students $5

Bridge Street Poetry

Date:  February 20, 2018

Time: 7 pm - 9 pm

Hosted by: The Sparrows Coffee & Tea & Newsstand on Bridge & The Sparrows Coffee Tea & Newsstand

Venue: The Sparrows Coffee & Tea & Newsstand on Bridge

442 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:  616.608.3375

Price Per Person:  free

Common Negotiation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them with Negotiation Expert & Consultant Penny Rosema

Date: February 21, 2018

Time: 7:30 am - 9 am

Hosted by: Grand Rapids Young Professionals (GRYP)

Venue: SalesPad

3351 Claystone St SE #100, Grand Rapids, MI 49546


Price Per Person: $5

Concerts Under the Stars with Jes Kramer

Date:  March 1, 2018

Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Hosted by: Grand Rapids Public Museum

Venue: Grand Rapids Public Museum

272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Phone:  616.929.1700

Price Per Person:  advance ticket $12, day of concert $15, member ticket $10

Muskegon area events

Jay Owenhouse: The Authentic Illusionist

Date: February 23, 2018 

Time: 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Venue: Frauenthal Center 

425 West Western Ave Ste 200, Muskegon, MI 49440

Phone: 231.722.9750

Price Per Person: $29 - $69 depending on seating

In The Tradition: Jazz Ensemble from Detroit

Date: February 24, 2018

Time: 2 pm - 4 pm

Venue: Hackley Public Library

316 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440

Phone: 231.722.8000

Price Per Person: Free

Craft Cuts at Pigeon Hill Brewing Company with Emily from Hair.itage Salon & Day Spa

Date: February 22, 2018

Time: 5 pm - 8 pm

Venue: Pigeon Hill Brewing Company

500 Western Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440

Phone: 231.375.5184

Price Per Person: $20 for a haircut + $4.50 for a level 1 beer or $5.25 for a level 2 beer


Black Panther - Movie Premier Fundraising Event, with Proceeds Going to The Big Red Heart Association's Scholarship Fund for Medical Students

Date: February 17, 2018

Time: 4:30 pm - 6 pm

Hosted by: The Big Red Heart Association (BRH5K)

Venue: Cinema Carousel

4289 Grand Haven Rd, Norton Shores, MI 49441

Phone: 231.798.2608

Price Per Person: $20, which includes admission, regular sized popcorn, and a beverage


A Raisin in the Sun: A Theatre Performance

Dates: February 16, 2018 - March 3, 2018

Times: February 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 and March 1, 2, 3 from 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
February 18 & 25 from 3 pm - 6 pm

Hosted by: Muskegon Civic Theatre & Frauenthal Center

Venue: Beardsley Theatre (Located in Frauenthal Center)

425 Western Ave Ste 200, Muskegon, MI 49440

Phone: 231.722.9750

Price Per Person: $20 for students and for seniors (65+), $22 for adults


Dining in the Dark

Date: February 14, 2018

Times: 6 pm - 9 pm

Hosted by: Kitchen242 & Muskegon Farmers Market 

Venue: Muskegon Farmers Market

242 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440

Phone: 231.769.2202

Price Per Person: $50, price includes a four-course meal, no refunds

Get Inspired

Thanks for the Difference You've Made

Because of you...

Someone will have enough to eat tonight.
Someone will have decent clothes to wear.
Someone will have shelter.
Someone will receive medical care.
Someone will learn the skills they need to survive and succeed.
Someone knows there's at least one person in this world who cares.

This world is a better place because you volunteered and we thank you for it.

 by Kelly Roper
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