Saturday, January 14, 2017

In the Community from ACEH January 15, 2017

In the Community: January 15, 2017

A Weekly Listing of Diversity and Multicultural Events

From the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony:

"Diversity, Unity, and Justice Are at the Heart of ACEH"

ACEH was founded in Holland in 1999 and is committed to justice, equal opportunity, cross-cultural understanding, and appreciation for diversity.  Members work together to make West Michigan a place where all people are welcomed and respected. "In the Community" is also on the ACEH website www.harmonyalliance.org   Check us out under Groups on Facebook, at ACEH – Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony.  Lots of info and links to multicultural, race, and justice topics.  Find us on Twitter at #acehalliance.

 

 

Dear Subscribers:

 You tell us often that these weekly emails are valuable to you, helping you find out what's happening around diversity, race, justice, and inclusion issues in this area.  We know you attend events or sign up for workshops and classes because you've read about them here.  We're glad to partner with local organizations to publicize what they are doing.  People have told us they appreciate the job leads.  Many of you are already members, and contributors to ACEH, and we appreciate you!

 In 2017, we hope that more of you will support what we do in West Michigan.  Please consider stepping up to become a member of ACEH and help us continue publishing "In the Community" and our monthly Newsletter, hosting community events, and funding a local scholarship.  Join us for the first time or renew your membership.  It's easy, and it's not expensive. We believe you will feel great about being part of this long-time, friendly, and inclusive group!  Here's how:

 --You can join at our website http://www.harmonyalliance.org/ via PayPal;

--Or you can write a check to ACEH, c/o Treasurer Al Minert, Box 3007, Holland, MI 49422-3007;

--Or you can join at any ACEH program or social event.

 Dues are $20 per year for an individual ($35, two years); $30 per year for a couple or family ($50, two years); $40 for a nonprofit; and $75 for a business.  In lieu of (or in addition to) paying dues, you may join as a service member, volunteering for the group.  ACEH is a 501c3 organization.

 Thank you!

 The ACEH Board of Directors: C.J. Kingdom-Grier, Belinda Coronado, Al Minert, Eleanor Lopez, Bobbie Brown, BinLim, Lori Shaw, Viola Jackson, Kim Ludwig

 

Through Tues, Jan 24:  Calvin College January Series of speakers on variety of topics: slavery, peace, gender, technology, religion, more.  Free.  www.calvin.edu/january-series for schedule, speakers, and subjects.  Available to view on screen at Christ Memorial Church595 Graafschap Rd, Holland.

 Sun, Jan 15, 9:40 am: Holland's Youth Programs, including ESCAPE Ministries and CASA at Hope CollegePart of the Reconciliation Adult Education Series; open to everyone.  At Hope Church RCA, 77 West 11th St, Holland.

 Mon, Jan 16, 9 am until noon:  Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr DayMaple Avenue Ministries Community Project to Help Flint, MI Seniors: Assembling "Hope" packages for senior citizens in the city of Flint, including bottled water and hygiene and health items. Donations of gallons or cases of water are needed.

---1 pm to 3 pm: Children's MLK activities with author Antoinette Lawrence.

At Maple Avenue Ministries, 427 Maple Ave, Holland.

 Mon, Jan 16, 7 pm:  2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Lecture.  "Dismantling Injustice: Creating a New Legacy for a Better Future," by Hope College alumnus Julian Hinson, a medical students at Meharry Medical College, Nashville TN.  Open to the public.  Free.  At Dimnent Memorial Chapel, College Ave at 12th St, Holland.

 Tues, Jan 17, 6:30 pm: Allies Working for Social Justice and Environmental Progress.  Finalize strategies from December meeting and plan for action to implement goals.  If planning to attend, register by accessing www.ethnicdiversity.org and following prompts to this event. At Herrick District Library auditorium, 300 S. River, Holland.

 Wed, Jan 18, 6:30 pm to 8 pm:  First meeting of 10-session citizenship class.  Free.  Students will prepare for U.S. citizenship test and receive help with filling out the N-400 Application for Naturalization.  After the 10 classes are over, students will have the option to attend a legal clinic with immigration attorneys for a $30 fee.  For information or to register, contact Rachel Ortega at 399-9097 or email Bev Stephenson at bstephen@charter.net  At Intersection Ministries, 945 136th Ave, Holland (enter through north door of church building).

 Wed. Jan 18, 7 pm:  City of Holland Social Justice Awards and "I Have a Dream" Essay Contest.  Announcement of winners and presentation of awards by Holland's Human Relations Commission.  Reception follows.  Open to the public.  At City Hall, 270 South River, Holland.

 Thurs, Jan 19, 4 pm: Diversity in the Workplace.  Panelists from business, health care, and government offices speak about their careers.  Hosted by Hope College Center for Diversity and Inclusion.  At Maas Center Conference Room, Columbia Ave at 11th St, Holland.

 Fri, Jan 20, 7 pm support group; 8:10 pm program: PFLAG meeting.  Includes brief quiz about famous people from the LGBT community and viewing of a DVD ("Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis@100"), about the oldest known African American lesbian.  Trans group meets from 6 to 7 pm.  At Grace Episcopal Church, 555 Michigan Ave, Holland.

 Sun, Jan 22, 9:40 am: Holland Equity Alliance. Presentation by Andrea Mehall on work being done surrounding racial justice in Holland, primarily in Holland Public Schools.  Part of the Reconciliation Adult Education Series; open to everyone.  At Hope Church RCA, 77 West 11th St, Holland.

 Wed, Jan 25, 11 am – 1 pm: "Coffee with a Cop."  Meet local police officers and engage in conversation with them over coffee; an opportunity for the officers and community members to get to know each other.  Hosted by Herrick District Library. At the library, 300 South River, Holland.

 Friday, Jan 27, 6 pm to 8 pm:  "Be the Bridge" launch with Latasha Morrison and panelists.  Event to encourage racial unity and to welcome "diversity and healing into our communities."  Light dinner and child care provided. Limited seating.  To attend, you must RSVP by January 24 at www.bethebridgeottawa.weebly.com  At Ridge Point Community Church, 340 104th Ave, Holland.

 Community Opportunities

Kids Talk Justice!  Local author Lisa Van Engen is looking for youth ages 3 to 18 to be part of a book she's under contract to write, about kids and justice issues. Their answers to short surveys will be included as sidebars in the book.  Lisa has led summer playgroups on justice topics and offered an activity at an ACEH summer Potluck in the Park.  Email her at lisavanengen@gmail.com or call (616) 283-0036 for a copy of the PDF (one for elementary students and teens and one for young kids).  She would like surveys returned by Feb. 1.

Restorative Circle Facilitator Training, Feb 2 and 3, 9 am to 4 pm:  Learn how to communicate and collaborate during times of conflict or different points of view; develop skills to put into practice in informal ways and also learn how to facilitate a formal restorative circle as well.  $150 (financial assistance may be available if needed).  For information and to register, go to https://hrcircles.wordpress.com/ or call (616) 392-7947.  At Hope Church RCA, 77 West 11th St, Holland

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 Save the Date


Sat, Feb 4, 2017, 5 pm
Annual Heart 2 Heart Community Celebration.  A Potluck and Cultural Sharing Party, hosted by the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony (ACEH).  Music, performances, silent auction, family activities, fabulous food, fun, fellowship.  Everyone is welcome!  At First United Methodist Church, 57 West 10th St, Holland.

                                                          Many local businesses, individuals, and agencies donate items for the ACEH Silent Auctions: Gift cards or tickets for restaurants, movies, concerts, sporting events,  teen and family activities, and themed dinners; new books; service certificates; sports equipment; gift baskets; new handmade jewelry and other crafts.  If you have something you could contribute, please contact Al Minert at apminerthm@att.net or call 396-3751 or 396-2201.  THANK YOU!

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 Jobs

Holland Sentinel employment ads:   www.hollandsentinel.jobs

 Michigan Works! :  Tues, Jan17, 10 am -2 pm at 121 Clover St, Holland.  (616) 396-2154. 20 jobs offered by LG Chem (technical operators). Bring copies of resume.

Allegan County:   www.allegancounty.org and click on Job Opportunities for info and application forms.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Holland:  Youth development professionals, M-F, 3 pm to 6:30 pm. Email Sara Dekker at sdekker@bgch.org or fax resume & cover letter to (616) 392-7502. --- Janitorial position—both sites available, part-time to full-time, potential for job share. Email Craig Spoelhof at cspoelhof@bgch.org or fax resume & cover letter to (616) 392-7502.

 Center for Women in Transition:   www.cwitmi.org   Shelter assistant: Sat/Sun every other weekend first shift, plus fill-in coverage of other shifts as needed, including holidays and occasional thirds. High school diploma or equivalent, basic understanding of domestic violence & sexual assault issues; computer proficiency.  Send cover letter, resume to Shelter Program Manager, Center for Women in Transition, 411 Butternut Dr, Holland, MI 49424.

 Downtown Market, Grand Rapids:  Variety of jobs and internships.  www.downtownmarketgr.com/be-a-part/work

 City of Grand Rapids:    Planning supervisor; police recruit; traffic system engineer; transportation planning supervisor.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/grandrapids

General website for City of Grand Rapids jobs:  www.grcity.us

 Gentex:   Production team members.  Skilled trade technicians.  Various entry-level/experienced engineers.  www.gentex.com/careers

 Grand Rapids Community College:   Support professional, instructional support. www.grcc.edu/humanresources/jobs

 Grand Valley State University:    https://gvsu.edu/jobs/htm    Business consultant – Michigan's Small Business Development Center.

 Haworth:  www.Haworth.com/Careers  Positions available for all shifts.

 Herman Miller, Inc.:  www.hermanmiller.com   Click on About Us and scroll down to Careers.

 Herrick District Library:   Graphic designer, 20 hrs/wk; position open until filled.   http://bit.ly/HDLjobs

 Holland Charter Township www.hct.holland.mi.us   Meter reader & maintenance assistant, full-time. Parks and facilities maintenance director.

 Hope Church RCA:   Administrative assistant, 26/hrs per week salaried position.  Job description at http://hopechurchrca.org/index.php/job-opportunity-administrative-assistant-2/  Send cover letter & resume to office@hopechurchrca.org, attn. Pastors Gordon Wiersma and Jill Russell by January 15.

 Hope College:    www.hope.edu/jobs  Temporary custodian, hourly.  Upward Bound math and science academic instructors for spring semester, 3:30 pm to 6 pm, on one or more days: Tues, Wed, Thurs.

 Holland Hospital:   www.hollandhospital.org and click on Careers.

 Holland Public Schools. www.hollandpublicschools.org  Maintenance, food service, bus drivers, instructional assistants.  Substitute positions: teachers, secretaries, classroom assistants, before school/lunch playground supervisors.

 Ottawa Area Intermediate School District:    www.oaisd.org and click on Employment

 Ottawa County:  Go to www.miottawa.org, click on Online Services, and scroll down to Employment Opportunities for information and application forms for a variety of job openings.

 Spectrum Health:   www.spectrumhealth.org and click on Job Seekers at top of page.

 West Ottawa Public Schools:  www.westottawa.net/jobs/

 City of Zeeland:   Administrative assistant for Community Development Dept, part-time (20 hrs/wk); applications accepted until position is filled.  Go to  www.ci.zeeland.mi.us/  and  Click on "How Do I…? and access Employment.  Send cover letter & resume to Human Resources, 21 South Elm St, Zeeland 49464 or email clerk@cityofzeeland.com

 Zeeland Public Schools:   www.zps.org/jobs

 

 

 

Sunday, January 08, 2017

In the Community from ACEH January 9, 2017

In the Community: January 9, 2017

A Weekly Listing of Diversity and Multicultural Events

From the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony:

"Diversity, Unity, and Justice Are at the Heart of ACEH"

ACEH was founded in Holland in 1999 and is committed to justice, equal opportunity, cross-cultural understanding, and appreciation for diversity.  Members work together through programs, outreach, advocacy, and social events to make West Michigan a place where all people are welcomed and respected. "In the Community" is also on the ACEH website www.harmonyalliance.org   Check us out under Groups on Facebook, at ACEH – Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony.  Lots of info and links to multicultural, race, and justice topics.  Find us on Twitter at #acehalliance.

 Does this email help you find out about events that you might like to attend?  Have you publicized something from your organization through this email?  Have you found a job lead or passed one along to a friend? Please consider becoming an ACEH member and supporting the work that we do. Information on how to join ACEH is at the end of this email.  Thank you!  

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 Mon, Jan 9, to Tues, Jan 24:  Calvin College January Series of speakers on variety of topics: slavery, peace, gender, technology, religion, more.  Free.  www.calvin.edu/january-series for schedule, speakers, and subjects.  Available to view on screen at Christ Memorial Church595 Graafschap Rd, Holland.

 Wed, Jan 11, 6:30 pm: Christians Seeking Perspective on Immigration Law and Policy.  Dialogue; education and information presented by attorney Sarah Yore Van Oosterhout, including information on what the law is today and what we can expect re law and policy in the months ahead.  Co-sponsored by Grace Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, and Hope Church RCA.   Open to the public.  At Hope Church RCA, 77 West 11th St, Holland.

 Thurs, Jan 12, 6 pm:  American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Lakeshore  meeting to introduce Holland-area residents to ACLU of Michigan and West Michigan.  At Room 104, Grand Valley State University Meijer campus, 515 South Waverly Rd, Holland.

 Sat, Jan 14, 9 am to 11 am:  "Coffee with Council."   Holland city residents can share ideas, remarks, and concerns about current issues with the mayor, council members, city manager, and city staff.  Language translation available on request.  "Hot Chocolate with HYAC" will be at the same time and place with student members of the Holland Youth Advisory Council who serve on city commissions. For more info, contact deputy clerk Anna Perales at 355-1301 or a.perales@cityofholland.com.  At Herrick District Library auditorium, 300 S. River, Holland.

 Sun, Jan 15, 9:40 am: Holland's Youth Programs, including ESCAPE Ministries and CASA at Hope CollegePart of the Reconciliation Adult Education Series; open to everyone.  At Hope Church RCA, 77 West 11th St, Holland.

 Tues, Jan 17, 6:30 pm: Allies Working for Social Justice and Environmental Progress.  Meeting to finalize strategies from December meeting and plan for action to implement goals.  If planning to attend, register by accessing www.ethnicdiversity.org and following prompts to this event. At Herrick District Library auditorium, 300 S. River, Holland.

Wed, Jan 18, 6:30 pm to 8 pm:  First meeting of 10-session citizenship class.  Free.  Students will prepare for U.S. citizenship test and receive help with filling out the N-400 Application for Naturalization.  After the 10 classes are over, students will have the option to attend a legal clinic with immigration attorneys for a $30 fee.  For information or to register, contact Rachel Ortega at 399-9097 or email Bev Stephenson at bstephen@charter.net  At Intersection Ministries, 945 136th Ave, Holland (enter through north door of church building).

 Fri, Jan 20, 7 pm support group; 8:10 pm program: PFLAG meeting.  Includes brief quiz about famous people from the LGBT community and viewing of a DVD ("Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis@100"), about the oldest known African American lesbian.  Trans group meets from 6 to 7 pm.  At Grace Episcopal Church, 555 Michigan Ave, Holland.

 Community Opportunity: Reciprocal Language Partnership

The Reciprocal Language Partnership (RLP) classes pair native English speakers who want to learn Spanish with native Spanish speakers who want to learn English. Class fee is on a sliding scale based on household income.  Winter 2017 classes will run Tuesdays from 6 pm to 8:15 pm, Jan 17 to Apr 18, with instruction for basic beginners and one for higher-level beginners.  Classes and informational meetings (see below) are held at Eagle's Wings Church/Iglesia Alas de Aguila, 635 Riley St, Holland.  Questions? Call Rachel Patmos at (616) 738-3850.  Prospective students must attend one of the following meetings before enrolling in RLP:

 Tues, Jan 10, 6 to 7 pm: native English speakers

                     7 to 8 pm: native Spanish speakers

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Save the Date


Sat, Feb 4, 2017, 5 pm
Annual Heart 2 Heart Community Celebration.  A Potluck and Cultural Sharing Party, hosted by the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony (ACEH).  Music, performances, silent auction, family activities, fabulous food, fun, fellowship.  Everyone is welcome!  At First United Methodist Church, 57 West 10th St, Holland.

                                                              Many local businesses, individuals, and agencies have donated items for the ACEH Silent Auctions in the past: Gift cards or tickets for restaurants, movies, concerts, sporting events,  teen and family activities, and themed dinners; new books; service certificates; sports equipment; gift baskets; new handmade jewelry and other crafts.  If you have something you could contribute, please contact Al Minert at apminerthm@att.net or call 396-3751.  THANK YOU!

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 Jobs

Holland Sentinel employment ads:   www.hollandsentinel.jobs

 Michigan Works! :  Tues, Jan10, 10 am -2 pm at 121 Clover St, Holland.  (616) 396-2154. 50 jobs offered by 3 employers (Dialog Direct, Stratosphere Quality, Grace of Douglas).  Bring copies of resume.

 Allegan County:   www.allegancounty.org and click on Job Opportunities for information and application forms.  Secretary – health, full-time; records specialist – sheriff, full-time; assistant prosecuting attorney, full-time; administrative support specialist, full-time; facilities operations supervisor, full-time;  assistant director of dispatch.  Probation officer, full-time, hourly.

 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Holland:  Youth development professionals, M-F, 3 pm to 6:30 pm. Email Sara Dekker at sdekker@bgch.org or fax resume & cover letter to (616) 392-7502. --- Janitorial position—both sites available, part-time to full-time, potential for job share. Email Craig Spoelhof at cspoelhof@bgch.org or fax resume & cover letter to (616) 392-7502.

 Center for Women in Transition:   www.cwitmi.org   Shelter assistant: Sat/Sun every other weekend first shift, plus fill-in coverage of other shifts as needed, including holidays and occasional thirds. High school diploma or equivalent, basic understanding of domestic violence & sexual assault issues; computer proficiency.  Send cover letter, resume to Shelter Program Manager, Center for Women in Transition, 411 Butternut Dr, Holland, MI 49424.

  Downtown Market, Grand Rapids:  Variety of jobs and internships.  www.downtownmarketgr.com/be-a-part/work

 City of Grand Rapids:    Planning supervisor; police recruit; traffic system engineer; transportation planning supervisor.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/grandrapids

General website for City of Grand Rapids jobs:  www.grcity.us

 Gentex:   Production team members.  Skilled trade technicians.  Various entry-level/experienced engineers.  www.gentex.com/careers

Grand Rapids Community College:   Support professional, instructional support. www.grcc.edu/humanresources/jobs

 Grand Valley State University:    https://gvsu.edu/jobs/htm    Business consultant – Michigan's Small Business Development Center.

 Haworth:  www.Haworth.com/Careers  Positions available for all shifts.

 Herman Miller, Inc.:  www.hermanmiller.com   Click on About Us and scroll down to Careers.

 Herrick District Library:   Graphic designer, 20 hrs/wk; position open until filled.   http://bit.ly/HDLjobs

 Holland Charter Township www.hct.holland.mi.us   Meter reader & maintenance assistant, full-time. Parks and facilities maintenance director.

 Hope Church RCA:   Administrative assistant, 26/hrs per week salaried position.  Job description at http://hopechurchrca.org/index.php/job-opportunity-administrative-assistant-2/  Send cover letter & resume to office@hopechurchrca.org, attn. Pastors Gordon Wiersma and Jill Russell by January 15.

 Hope College:    www.hope.edu/jobs  Temporary custodian, hourly.  Upward Bound math and science academic instructors for spring semester, 3:30 pm to 6 pm, on one or more days: Tues, Wed, Thurs.

 Holland Hospital:   www.hollandhospital.org and click on Careers.

 Holland Public Schools. www.hollandpublicschools.org  Maintenance, food service, bus drivers, instructional assistants.  Substitute positions: teachers, secretaries, classroom assistants, before school/lunch playground supervisors.

 Ottawa Area Intermediate School District:    www.oaisd.org and click on Employment. Health aide part-time (before and after school for a special needs student; LPN preferred).  Paraprofessional – Building Technology/Construction Management.  Food service assistant/sub aide. Lead grounds/maintenance.  Second-shift custodian.

 Ottawa County:   Applications Specialist II, full-time with benefits.

--Community Health Worker – Pathways to Better Health Program, full-time with benefits; assists clients in overcoming barriers to health, social services, education and employment through home visits; acts as a liaison to primary care and hospital care.  Requirements:  high school diploma or GED; experience with social services or public health system preferred; bilingual (Cambodian, Spanish and/or Laotian) preferred; written & verbal medical translation skills preferred. Additional information on website.

-- Records Processing Clerk II, part-time; high school diploma or GED; 1 year experience in accounting, legal terminology, and customer service.

--Custody investigator, full-time, benefits, working at Grand Haven Courthouse, Grand Haven.

--Friend of the Court clerk I, full-time, benefits, working at Grand Haven Courthouse, Grand Haven

 Go to www.miottawa.org, click on Online Services, and scroll down to Employment Opportunities for information and application forms.  Information on other job openings is also online.

Spectrum Health:   www.spectrumhealth.org and click on Job Seekers at top of page.

 West Ottawa Public Schools:  www.westottawa.net/jobs/

City of Zeeland:   Administrative assistant for Community Development Dept, part-time (20 hrs/wk); applications accepted until position is filled.  Go to  www.ci.zeeland.mi.us/  and  Click on "How Do I…? and access Employment.  Send cover letter & resume to Human Resources, 21 South Elm St, Zeeland 49464 or email clerk@cityofzeeland.com

 Zeeland Public Schools:   www.zps.org/jobs

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 Will You Help Support ACEH and "In the Community"?

It's easy—there are 3 ways to become a member:

--You can join at our website http://www.harmonyalliance.org/ via PayPal;

--Or you can write a check to ACEH, c/o Treasurer Al Minert, Box 3007, Holland, MI 49422-3007;

--Or you can join at any ACEH program or social event.

 Dues are $20 per year for an individual ($35, two years); $30 per year for a couple or family ($50, two years); $40 for a nonprofit; and $75 for a business.  In lieu of (or in addition to) paying dues, you may join as a service member, volunteering for the group.  ACEH is a 501c3 organization.

 If you would like to donate to ACEH or its Scholarship Fund, go to http://www.harmonyalliance.org/ and click on the Donate button on the first page.  ACEH is a 501c3 organization.