What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.
Robert F. Kennedy
It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
― Robert F. Kennedy
I am not anxious to be the loudest voice or the most popular. But I would like to think that at a crucial moment, I was an effective voice of the voiceless, an effective hope of the hopeless.
Whitney M. Young
Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I am grateful for all that this year has given me, including the lessons it has given to my soul.
This year I will be kinder and more compassionate to myself and to all beings.
I will stop being so hard on me.
I will laugh more.
I will unplug more.
I will shift into my heart more.
I will make the time to connect to the Divine and feed my spirit.
I will let go of the small stuff.
I will surround myself with uplifting people and activities.
This is my truth and so it is. Amen.
― Eileen Anglin
During the summer program, each day the volunteers are given an inspirational quote to think about during the day. We decided to expand that and offer up a quote each Friday on our website and we are calling it our “Friday Food For Thought.” Today is the first Friday of 2017, so no better time to start.
Over the Christmas/New Year holiday the Seattle PVs were active in the community, letting those struggling know that someone cares. Right before Christmas, a group of 10 volunteers spent the day with Operation Sack Lunch (OSL), preparing and serving lunch, helping to organize a storage room and storage area, and sorting, organizing and packaging donated tea to hand out to the homeless. Everyone who took part, from age 7 to 70+, enjoyed their day and were impressed by all that OSL does to help the community. Each day OSL serves 2,000 meals throughout the city and at the outdoor meal site where we served, offers three warm meals, 7 days a week, no questions asked.
Between Christmas an New Years, 5 PVs spent the night serving with Union Gospel Mission with their Search and Rescue program, going out in the UGM Van (2 went out for the night) and offering food, hot chocolate, blankets, hats, gloves, hand warmers, toiletries and other necessities to those living on the streets. Besides being able to give out these supplies, we were able to talk with the people who came to the van. The stories of survival we heard were quite amazing. We met people who have been living on the streets for years and also met a women who was newly homeless living in her car with her dog. Our van made 5 stops and ran out of some supplies early on. Beyond our last stop, it was discovered that there was a new large encampment of homeless. UGM will be adding this as a new stop.
Plans are being made with the Seattle volunteers to work at both sites in the next month or two, and we will definitely be returning during the PV Week in April. We hope you can join us!
Take a look inside our latest newsletter for highlights from the last year, plans for the future and so much more!!! (click on the image for a full-sized view)
TO OUR VOLUNTEERS: On this Giving Tuesday, we want to thank the hundreds of volunteers across this country who call themselves PVs. You have generously given of your time to help others who are struggling. Because of this, lives have changed and you have set a wonderful example of what it means to give!
TO OUR DONORS: We also want to thank those who have generously supported our efforts with their financial contributions. We, the program and the volunteers, would not be able to do the work we do without your support. Because of this, lives have changed and you have set a wonderful example of what it means to give!
BE A PART OF IT!!!! GET INVOLVED, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US!
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