Just “hanging around” building a porch roof in Wyoming County, WV. (2005)
This past Sunday, there was a wonderful “ Live with Passion” open house in the Seattle area. The gathering was a fundraiser for the PVs, an information session on volunteering and a socks, toiletries and hat drive for a local organization, “Shower to the People.”
Even though the Seahawks threw a wrench in the plans by changing their game time to exactly coincide with the gathering, we still had about 30 people come bearing desserts and finger foods to share. Several of the people who came have volunteered during the PV Week in the spring, as well as well as our PV service days in Seattle. We also had one of our long-time West Virginia volunteers who is now living near by stop in. (Hi Jack!!!)
Thank you so much to everyone who came on Sunday and to those who couldn’t be there in person but supported by a donation. More than $1,800 was raised and it will go directly to our programs, helping those in need!!
In 2007, TGIA (Teen Girls in Action, now Women’s Empowerment Brooklyn) the young women’s empowerment group the PVs created in Bedford Stuyvesant, came down for a service week in Wyoming County, WV during their spring break. It was really a great experience for all involved. So many great memories (and friends!) were made on this trip. All of these young ladies returned to volunteer in West Virginia with the PVs in summers, as well as counselors during our summer PEACE Camps in Bed-Stuy.
This Sunday, December 2nd, there will be an open house in Edmonds, WA that is part fundraiser for the PVs, part information session on volunteering, and part item collection for a local non-profit, Shower to the People. The email I sent out to invite people is below and has all the specifics. If you are in the area and would like to join us, email Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think globally, act locally – We have all heard this phrase, and I think it is a good theme for this year’s PV Volunteer Live with Passion Fundraiser/Open House, the annual event to raise funds for the PV Volunteers, the organization that I have been involved with for over 24 years. We haven’t had our annual potluck these last few years and I’ve been wanting to bring it back. It is a great way to get everyone together and catch up, let you know what the program is up to, especially in the Seattle area, and raise a little bit of money to help with these programs. What better time than around Thanksgiving, right?
This year I also wanted to add a local giving opportunity as well. If you are interested, you can bring items to help “Shower to the People”, an organization that provides showers for the homeless at Trinity Lutheran in Lynnwood every Saturday morning. Any of the following items would be greatly appreciated: New or clean Tshirts (all sizes) socks (same criteria) Women’s undies sizes 6-8, women’s socks. New men’s boxer briefs (med & large.) Now with cold weather – knitted hats & gloves, blankets (clean ) Travel size stuff. shampoo, deo,toothpaste/brushes, combs et. always good to have on hand.
Refreshments and some finger foods will be provided, but please bring an hors d’œuvre, munchie or dessert to share.
Live with Passion Open House
Sunday, December 2nd 2pm-5pm
I know the holidays are a busy time of year for everyone, but hopefully you can join us if even just for a short time! Please feel free to bring a friend or anyone you think would be interested in what we are doing. There will also be an opportunity to sign up to volunteer at various places in Seattle through the PVs if you are interested. Hope to see you on the 2nd!
*Live with Passion is the PV Volunteers annual fundraiser to help keep the programs of the PV Volunteers going. Currently we run programs in Wyoming County, West Virginia, Seattle, WA, Aurora, IL and Brooklyn, NY. To read more about the program go to www.pvprogram.org.
This brings us to our final post of this year’s Giving Tuesday, the day to celebrate the generosity of giving. Above are all the wonderful people that gave their time and volunteered with us this past year at our different sites and gatherings. They inspire us daily and we hope that maybe today, you were inspired by them as well. There are so many wonderful stories of the volunteers and the people we have met along the way. Trying to celebrate what the program has created over the last 45 years was a little daunting. I will say that seeing all these faces reminds of this Margaret Mead quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” PV Volunteers are changing lives and changing the world.
If you would like to give to our Annual Appeal campaign to help the PVs continue to change lives… you can donate online here: https://chuffed.org/project/pv-annual-appeal
(My apologies to those who are cut off the edges of some of these pictures. I couldn’t get the program to cooperate with me.)
Reflection is the third pillar of the PVs, alongside service and community. Each night the volunteers are together, we gather together to reflect on our day. This set aside time is extremely important component of the program as it lets each volunteer share about their day with the rest of the community. Much like community time, it bonds the group together in a special and unique way. Each reflection is volunteer led, so the volunteer is encouraged to bring a bit of themselves to the community by sharing a song, a reading or any other creative idea that helps the group reflect and process their day. There have been many memorable ones over the years.
Community is an important pillar of the PV Volunteers. The importance of coming together as a group and supporting each other is vital to our service to others. Whether it is preparing a meal together, spending time exploring the local area, having our own world cup soccer tournament in the gym or just listening and playing music together, these are the moments that we form a special bond that lasts beyond our week or weeks of service.
While we are often drawn to service by our desire to help others, we can’t help but have some fun while doing it. The PVs have an unique ability to find that fun wherever they go!!!