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"Connect" is CAN's internal newsletter for staff, interns, volunteers, board members, and anyone else who would like to receive bi-weekly updates regarding highlights, announcements, and ongoing training/professional development updates. Welcome and join us in our virtual community-building endeavor!

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Hello, March!



Happy birthday to CAN's March kids! 🥳

  • Russell Vaden, Creekside Program Assistant, March 8

  • Jasmine Chaparro, AmeriCorps VISTA, March 11

  • Torey Madura, Director of Hikone, March 13

  • Emanuel Holder, AmeriCorps VISTA, March 18

  • Mad Sumida, Intern at Hikone, March 20

  • Anabel Sicko, AmeriCorps VISTA, March 27

  • Derrick Miller, CAN Executive Director, March 29

  • Montana Crowell, Grants Specialist, March 31


Upcoming Events-

  • February 27-March 3 - UM & EMU Spring Break, ASP may be reduced depending on staffing

  • March 15 - LCS Half Day, no ASP

  • March 27-March 31 - AAPS & LCS Spring Break, CAN Closed

  • April 18 - UM Classes

  • April 20 - AAPS Early Release

  • April 24-April 28 - UM & EMU Final Exams, ASP may be reduced depending on staffing

Staff Meetings (*Meetings have been moved to Tuesdays at 12pm*)-

  • March 7, 12 pm - Management Meeting / In-person, Bryant Community Center

  • March 14, 12 pm - All Staff* Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • March 21, 12 pm - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • April 4, 12 pm - Management Meeting / In-person, Location TBD

  • April 11, 12 pm - All Staff* Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

  • April 18, 12 pm - Management Meeting / Virtual (Zoom)

*Due to availability/scheduling, All Staff Meetings are required for Management and AmeriCorps VISTAs and optional for Program Assistants and Interns (although we highly encourage any PAs and Interns who are available to join!)

All of our staff meetings and CAN holidays are up on the CAN Google Calendar. If you are in our Google Group listservs (,,, & you should receive an invitation to any relevant staff meetings, events, etc.

  • If you are not in one of these listservs or cannot access the CAN Google Calendar, please email so you can be added!

You can find a link to subscribe to the CAN Google Calendar at (CAN Calendar).


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Tips & Tidbits

Maybe it's just me, but the back and forth with the weather - spring teasing us with beautiful, sunny days only to spit freezing rain the next - has been throwing me for a loop...

Soon, we can all start to defrost, but for now, check out this cool time-lapse of spring doing its thing!


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Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or comments (or highlights, announcements, etc.), please email Anabel at

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