BENEFITING: ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE PROJECT California
EVENT: Holiday Half Marathon 2011
EVENT DATE: Dec 11, 2011
Mileage Tracker: 433
I participated in my first Alternatives to Violence workshop in 2005, because my friend organizing it needed more participants. I got to use the tools I learned right away, and it made a difference in how I handle conflict in my daily life. I decided right away that I wanted to keep doing it. With time I became a facilitator, and eventually started to do prison workshops. That was another huge eye-opener: to realize that we all are humans, and there is space for personal growth evrywhere. I know for a fact that these workshops, all volunteer-based, make a difference in inmates' life.
It is also a wonderful, non-hierarchical organization spanning the whole world. AVP is used for trauma healing, reconciliation, community building, and many other purposes. AVP has given me many wonderful friendships.
This fundraising page is ddicated to the California chapter of AVP. Please listen to the words of our president, Pat Hardy, recorded during our recent annual facilitators' gathering. We are all volunteers, and our work is very dependent on donations to make travels possible and for material supplies. Consider attending a workshop some day- it is not only life-changing, but also a great fun.
Our website is: www.avpcalifornia.org
And this is the official presentation by AVP-USA:
An experiential program, helping people change their lives.
A community program, offering a new approach for community groups, social service agencies, schools, youth organizations and all who would like to participate.
A prison program, helping inmates learn new skills and attitudes that lead to fulfilling and crime-free lives.
AVP builds upon a spiritual base of respect and caring for self and others. Though founded by Quakers, AVP draws participants and trainers from all religions, races, sexual identity, and walks of life.