WMAC Newsletter - December 2016
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Happy February West MI AmeriCorps!
WMAC Board @ HQ Holiday Donation Drive
Nic Bush, Claira Freeman, Anna Linder, Megan Lendman, (not pictured-Emmeline Schwartz & Hannah Hilborn)
HQ Holiday Donation Drive
Event Recap
About the Event: 

Members came together to celebrate and help raise goods for our community partner, HQ - Runaway & Homeless Youth Drop-In Center!
We enjoyed an evening of learning about what HQ offers, an open discussion on different AmeriCorps programs, partnering opportunities, and more!

We even exceeded donation expectations! Members donated:

-Dozens of chapstick, haircare products, soaps/shampoos/body wash, toothbrushes & toothpaste, feminine hygiene products
-Men's & Women's underwear, shirts, sweaters, pants, boots
-8 winter coats
-3,000 condoms & 1,000 lubricants
-Gift cards & more!

Thank you to all AmeriCorps, HQ & community members who came out to help support!

Member Spotlight

Carrie Roper
Literacy Center of West Michigan

"This is technically my third service term, though I am only a part-time member this year.  I just can’t get enough of what I do!  Through AmeriCorps, I have discovered my passion for serving the community I have lived in most of my life and teaching English language to adults.  My service experience has prompted me to go back to school, and I am currently working on my Masters of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.  I have many amazing memories from my AmeriCorps service – not one is better than the others.  My favorite part of AmeriCorps is engaging with others: those that have come and gone on my AmeriCorps team, those that are with other AmeriCorps teams, the staff I have learned so much from, and of course those that I have served/taught English to.

If I could describe my work style in one word, it would be composed.  In any situation, I try my best to be patient and seek alternative solutions and positive outcomes.  I try to be the rock that holds others together, despite whatever is happening.  Something that most people don’t know about me is that I love getting tattoos.  Though I haven’t gotten any recently because of financial reasons, I enjoy looking at tattoos and thinking about that I want to get next!"

Keep up the great work and thank you for your impact on our community, Carrie!
Tip of the Month

Tips for Not Hitting the 6-month Financial Slump on your Stipend

  • Be sure to take advantage of free tax services in your area. The amount you make on the stipend qualifies you for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assitance)

  • To help yourself stay on track with budgeting try these 3 apps Forbes declared as the some of the best free budgeting apps around. Dollarbird, Level Money, or Mint.

  • If you would like to look into acquiring food assistance through the Department of Health & Human Services look into making an appointment with an Enrollment Specialist at Cherry Health. They will help you navigate the MiBridges website to enroll. National Service members are entitle to this benefit if they qualify, most do.

For Cherry Health DHHS Assistance - 866.299.1339 - Outreach & Enrollment

Black History Month
Global Day of Social Justice Event

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - MLK

Looking for an opportunity to serve your community today for Global Day of Social Justice & Black History Month? You're in luck!

Members will be serving Monday, Feb. 20th @ HQ from
3:30PM-5:30PM & 6PM-8PM

All event details can be found on our Facebook Page: 

We'd love to see you there!

What We're Reading!
“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” –Chinese Proverb
  The Color Purple
Alice Walker


This story takes place in Georgia, and tells the story of women of color in 1930’s Southern United States.


The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Christopher Paul Curtis

A family from Flint, Michigan travels to Birmingham, Alabama to visit their grandmother… right into one of the darkest times of American history. 

Of Thee I Sing
Barack Obama

Former President Obama writes this beautiful letter to his two daughters which showcases 13 Americans who have shaped American culture. 

What We're Listening To
"Where words fail, music speaks." - Hans Christian Andersen
Morning Teleportation
'Expanding Away'

Tight instrumentals paired with quick, punchy lyrics make this track interesting and fun- something to listen to on repeat.

Al Green

We’re throwing it back to the seductive R&B soul style of Al Green. It may be after Valentine’s Day but it’s never too late to tell someone “I’m so in love with you.”

Marvin Gaye

We couldn’t help ourselves! We threw it back twice this month. Find out “What’s going on” by replacing your Netflix and chill with Marvin Gaye and hot cocoa.

Grand Rapids, Holland, & Muskegon

Grand Rapids Area Events


On Healing Black Girl Pain

Wednesday, February 22 7:00 PM, GRCC


Music in the Stacks: Wu Zee

Thursday, February 23 7-8:30 PM, GRPL


One Trick Pony presents Kathy Lamar

Thursday, February 23 8-11:00 PM


Saturday Matinee: From Bugs Bunny to Stanley Kubrick - Classical Music Goes to the Movies

Saturday, February 25 1-2:30 PM, Cascade Twp Library


Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape

Wednesday, March 8 7-8:30 PM, GRPL


Italian Cooking Class

Saturday, March 11 2-3:00 PM, Amore Trattoria Italiana


Blood on the Mitten

Tuesday, March 14 7-8:30 PM, GRPL


Yoga at GRAM!

Thursday, March 16 5:45-6:45 PM, Grand Rapids Art Museum


Community Seed Exchange and Workshop

Saturday, March 18 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Kentwood Library


Basic Electrical - Knowledge is Power

Tuesday, March 21 6-7:30 PM, East Grand Rapids Library


Gouda Things Happen for a Riesling - Wine and Cheese Pairings

Wednesday, March 22 6-7:00 PM, Samaritas Senior Living


Music in the Stacks: PARTS

Thursday, March 23 7-8:30 PM, GRPL


Find Out More about the Peace Corps

Thursday, March 23 7-8:30 PM, GRPL



Muskegon Area Events



Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 7PM (No Shows February 28), Carr-Fles Planetarium


Black History Month: Independent Filmmaker Dante James Presents “The Doll”

Monday, February 20 6:30 PM, Norton Shores Library


In the Tradition Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, February 25 2-4:00 PM, Hackley Public Library


Comedian Hen Sapp

Tuesday, February 28 7-8:00 PM, Hackley Public Library


A Northern Song at Pigeon Hill Brewing

Saturday, March 11 8-11:00 PM


Passenger Pigeon in Michigan

Monday, March 13 6-7:30 PM, Hackley Public Library


Book of Kells

Monday, March 20 6-7:30 PM, Hackley Public Library


Pigeon Hill Brewery Third Anniversary Bash! with Delilah DeWylde

Friday, March 24 8-11:00 PM


Meditation Workshop

Monday, March 27 6-7:00 PM, Hackley Public Library



Holland Area Events

Mailed Art: Delivery System

Recurring Daily until February 24


Contemporary Native Voices

Recurring Daily until March 3


BlueGrass Jams

Recurring every 3rd Thursday monthly


Hemlock Cross the Winter Sky

Recurring every last Saturday monthly 7-8:30 PM


Lip Sync Battle

Saturday, February 25 6:30-10:00 PM


Delilah DeWylde at Fireside Brewing Co.

Saturday, March 4 7-10:00 PM


Gabrial James at Our Brewing Company

Friday, March 24 8-11:00 PM


Get Inspired
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." -Maya Angelou

Get Inspired for Black History Month!

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Let's Ameri-Do This!
Newsletter created by: Nicholas Bush - WMAC Marketing & Communications Chair

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