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!!!
Not only do our volunteers come from all over the country and the world, but the PVs have served across the country. Since 1973 the PVs have had a presence in West Virginia, but since then have expanded far and wide including Bedford Stuyvesant, NY, Seattle, WA and Aurora, IL. Need an extra hand, the PVs will always try to answer the call!!!
The PV Volunteer experience is one that a family can enjoy together. Back in the early 90’s when several families were interested in volunteering and there weren’t many options to volunteer with children, the PV Program opened it’s doors to families. Not only is it a great opportunity for the families, but the individuals who volunteer alongside enjoy the family feel. Many volunteers who came originally as small children, come back now as adults and there are many 3 generation families that volunteer with us.
Starting six years ago, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving has been celebrated as Giving Tuesday. The intention was to set aside a day that was all about celebrating the generosity of giving, harnessing the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities. It provides a platform to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to create this change.
We will be celebrating the awesomeness that is our volunteers and their generous spirits all day today with pictures and posts.
If you would like to celebrate Giving Tuesday with us and help support the PVs, you can donate through the paypal link, here on our website, or through our current campaign on Chuffed: https://chuffed.org/project/pv-annual-appeal There are also many campaigns running on Facebook that support the PVs. If you are a facebook user and want to set up a fundraiser for the PVs use this easy link: https://fb.com/fund/PVVolunteers/
HAPPY GIVING TUESDAY!!!!
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
— Henri Frederic Amiel
Happy Thanksgiving from the PV Volunteer family to yours!!!
End of Peace Camp Cookout with Volunteers and Junior Counselors! – 2009 Bedford Stuyvesant
The volunteers gathered together at the end of a long work day to celebrate our friend Fred’s birthday. 2005