Meet the 2017/'18 WMAC Board Members

Addie Donley
Executive Board Chair
"I have an obsession with potatoes, I love going to conservatories when I go on vacations, and I enjoy watching K-dramas."
Kelsey VanEyl-Godin
Membership Chair
"I'm the middle of five children, I can speak fluent Spanish, and I have a bachelor's in geology and Spanish."
Hayley Schultz 
Marketing & Communications Chair
"I got married last year in Morocco, I bought my first car on my own when I was 17 years old, a Saab 900 Turbo, and my favorite food is raw sushi."
Annalisa Wilder
Secretary & Treasurer Chair
"I've been to 18 different countries, I adopted a Boxer/Lab and a Shih Tzu puppy this summer, and half of my family is from the Phillippines!"
Member Celebration - Lansing, MI 
Visiting the WMAC Table 
Listening to this year's speaker, Dan Mulhern
More than 650 Michigan's AmeriCorps State, VISTA, and National members came together in Lansing on November 16, 2017 for a day of training, networking, and recognition. The event, hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission, helped prepare AmeriCorps members for their year of service and celebrate the courage of their commitment.
Tips For Surviving Your AmeriCorps Term

Are you feeling burnt out?

~Talk to your site supervisor often. Try to meet with them weekly if possible.

~Log your hours and make sure to front-load your hours!!! (Super important, even if you have a sick week).

~Make sure you complete your America Learns monthly. It’s a pain in the butt but it really helps your program.

~Reach out to your LeaderCorps member if you have any questions or concerns, or if you just need someone to talk to.

~Great stories are super cool, and they don’t have to be a fantastic story about how you saved someone’s life. They can be things like how you inspired someone to take the first steps towards their goals, how you helped further your program, or how you yourself were moved during your service!

~Allow time for yourself. Take a day if you need it.

~Use your passions and interests to guide how you go about your term. Coming up with new ideas on how to serve based on what you like to do can be very beneficial for both you and your program.

What We're Reading!

“A book is a dream you hold in your hands.”


 The Odyssey
By Homer
Translated by Emily Wilson

“A lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s “nimble gallop” and brings an ancient epic to new life.”
The Nightingale
By Kristin Hannah

“With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war.”

Not Without Laughter
By Langston Hughes

“This stirring coming-of-age tale unfolds in 1930s rural Kansas.”

What We're Listening To

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ― Billy Joel

"Melodrama has been described by critics as a loose concept album that explores the theme of solitude, in the framework of a single house party with the events and moods that entail it."
Gracie & Rachel

“Orchestral pop piano-violin duo, Gracie & Rachel, crafts intricate tunes combining classical string elements with haunting, fierce vocals augmented by sparse but powerful percussion.”

Kendick Lamar
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City

Good Kid, M.A.A.D city, conceptual enough to be a rock opera, certainly uplifts the genre with its near-biblical themes: religion vs. violence, and monogamy vs. lust.  Verbally nimble, Lamar experiments with a variety of different lyrical styles. “

LeaderCorps Corner

Meet your West Michigan LeaderCorps for the 2017-2018!


From left to right:

Kelsey VanEyl-Godin is serving with Together We Prepare program for the Red Cross. She is currently based in Grand Rapids, MI. Her favorite color is pretty much any color (hence the bright yellow coat).

Leslie Boker is serving with Cherry Health. They are based in Grand Rapids, MI. Leslie would like you to use they/them pronouns when addressing them, and they love food!

Mackenzie Kalisiewicz is serving with Michigan Education Corps, primarily Reading Corps.

Ali Van Overbeke is serving with the MSU.

Autumn Kearney is serving with AdviseMI through the Michigan College Access Network. She serves at Plainwell High School. She has seen every episode of The Office at least 4 times.

Sarah Brown is serving with Faith in Youth Partnership through Neighbors Plus. She is based in Holland, MI. Her favorite color is blue!

Nikki Turek is serving with Michigan Campaign to end homelessness via the Salvation Army.


If your program LeaderCorps is not serving out of West Michigan, fear not! Your program most likely has a LeaderCorps somewhere in the state! If you have questions not program-related and/or need to vent, that’s what we’re here for! We will be keeping in touch with West Michigan members throughout their terms to address Americorps week, the Signature Service Day project, and various other events!

in Grand Rapids & Muskegon

Grand Rapids Area Events

70s Punk Night featuring Local Music Giants

Date:  December 13, 2017

Time:  6:30 pm

Venue:  Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Phone:  616.805.5308

Price Per Person:  Free

Visits with Santa

Dates:  December 15, 2017 -  December 17, 2017

Times:  Friday, 12 pm - 3 pm & Saturday, Sunday, 12 pm - 5 pm

Venue:  Downtown Market Grand Rapids

435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:  616.805.5308

Price Per Person:  Free

GRAM After Dark

Date:  December 21, 2017

Time:  5 pm - 9 pm

Venue:   Grand Rapids Art Museum

101 Monroe Center St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:  616.831.1000

Price Per Person:  Free

Cats & Canvas

Date:  December 21, 2017

Times:  7:15 PM - 9:15 PM

Venue:   Happy Cat Cafe

4475 S Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616.202.4750

Price Per Person:  $30


Old National Bank Cirque de Noel

Dates:  December 21, 2017 - December 22, 2017

Times:  Thursday, 7:30 pm & Friday, 8 pm

Venue:   DeVos Performance Hall

303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:  616.742.6500

Price Per Person:  $42 - $100

WYCE Presents: New Years Eve 2018

Date:  December 31, 2017

Time:  8 pm - 1 am

Venue:  Peter Wege Auditorium at Wealthy Theatre

1130 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone:  616.459.4788 ext 130

Price Per Person:  $30 in advance, $35 at the door

New Years Eve Ballroom Bashes

Dates:  December 31, 2017

Times: 8 pm - 1:30 am

Venue:   Amway Grand Plaza

187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone:  800.253.3590

Price Per Person:  $59


Muskegon area events

Planetarium Christmas Show: Mystery of the Christmas Star

Date: December 14, 2017 

Time: 7 pm - 7:35 pm

Venue: Carr-Fless Planetarium at Muskegon Community College

221 S Quarterline Road, Muskegon, MI 49442

Phone: 231.773.9131

Price Per Person: Free

Meet Real Reindeer &
Watch the Polar Express

Date: December 16, 2017

Time: Polar Express at 12:30 pm & Reindeer Visitation at 3:30 pm - 5 pm

Venue: Hackley Public Library

316 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440

Phone: 231.722.8000

Price Per Person: Free

Pigeon & Pints Yoga with Muskegon Yoga Center and Ugly Sweater Party

Dates: December 16, 2017

Times: Yoga at 11 am - 12 pm & Ugly Sweater Party at 8 pm - 12 am

Venue: Pigeon Hill Brewing Company

500 Western Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440

Phone: 231.375.5184

Price Per Person: $10 for yoga, Canned Food/Toys For Tots donation for party


Holiday Brunch & Crafts with Santa

Dates: December 17, 2017

Times: 11 am - 2 pm

Venue: SE4SONS Gastropub & Banquet Center

2801 Lakeshore Dr, Muskegon, MI 49441

Phone: 231.759.3405

Price Per Person: $27 Adults, $12 Kids, Free for 4 & Under


The Nutcracker Pre-Party & Ballet

Date: December 17, 2017

Time: Pre-Party at 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm & Ballet at 2 pm - 5 pm

Venue: Frauenthal Center

425 Western Ave Ste 200, Muskegon, MI 49440

Phone: 231.722.9750

Price Per Person: $7 Pre-Party & Early Admission, $21 Adults, $11 Youth


Learn to Luge Weekend

Dates: December 29, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Times: 6 pm - 9 pm

Venue: Muskegon Winter Sports Complex

462 Scenic Dr, Muskegon, MI 49445

Phone: 231.744.9629

Price Per Person: $49

Get Inspired


"Hold fast to dreams 
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.”

― Langston Hughes, 1902-1967
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