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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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Sharing is Caring!

The best, most fulfilling relationships take place when we feel safe enough with one another to be our full and true selves. There are times when everything clicks and our cups are full, but even in those relationships, our imperfections are present and conflict arises. My favorite part about these kinds of relationships is that I know they respect me enough to be honest with me and they truly have my best interest at heart when they take it to me; we have the kind of relationship where can walk next to each other contributing to each other's journey of growth. They care enough to say something when they see something, and when it's done with kindness and grace, I am very grateful for the opportunity to broaden my lens.

Our mission at CAN is to walk alongside each other--coworker, community member, friend, neighbor--and bring out the best in each other. That IS community-building at its core! The best relationships are those in which we are constantly rooting for one another's growth and successes and in which we are receptive to solutions-focused feedback. When done-so from a place of kind and brave vulnerability-- sharing is caring!

What are ways we can develop strong bonds as a community, be accountable to each other, and cultivate growth in one another?

"If you stay silent about the problem to keep the peace there is a zero percent chance that the problem gets fixed." --Kalen Dion


March is a big birthday month!

If you see each other in the wild, give big happy birthday wishes!

  • Ashley Bond (VISTA), March 2

  • Monique Meerbrey (Arrowwood Hills Program Assistant), March 10

  • Jasmine Chaparro (Brick Intern), March 11

  • Hazel Rosenbaum (Brick Program Assistant), March 13

  • Tess Crowley (Hikone Program Assistant), March 13

  • Emanuel Holder (VISTA), March 18

  • Derrick Miller (Executive Director), March 29

  • Kelly Gryniewicz (Brick Program Assistant), March 29

  • Montana Crowell (Grants Specialist), March 31


Upcoming Staff Meetings- For March, our meeting schedule as of right now will look as follows:

  • March 11, All Staff Meeting: 1-3pm

  • March 18, Management Meeting: 1-2:30pm

  • March 25, Off Week: Teams meet as-needed

  • April 1, Off Week: Teams meet as-needed (Spring Break)

  • April 8, Management Meeting, 1:2:30pm

*All staff & interns are welcome to join, but work-study/part-time & interns are not obligated.

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

  • If you are not in one of these listservs, please email so you can be added!

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

Google Calendars are a helpful tool CAN uses so we can make updates and share them out with all of our stakeholders in case anything changes!


After School Program-

  • March Holiday Parties: Ask your supervisor if there's anything you can do to help! If you aren't normally working from a specific community center, holiday parties a really fun way to join, help, and have a good time.

  • AAPS and LCS Spring Break March 28-April 1: CAN After School Program closed.


Tips & Tidbits

  • The City of Ann Arbor and its Housing & Human Services Advisory Board is hosting an Affordable Housing Education series during the first half of 2022. The meetings occur on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm and will go through July. The next meeting is this week Thursday, March 10. You can find the link to the event on CAN's Google Calendar.

  • Find other resources for professional development or operating program at:


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

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