Vermont held its first Kids4Peace Gala on November 9th at Shelburne Farm’s historic Coach Barn. One hundred Vermont & New Hampshire campers, families, community members, staff, and camper alumni came together for a reunion, fund-raiser and celebration of peace-making.
Rabbi Joshua Chasan and Bishop Thomas Ely reflected on the first year of Kids4PeaceVermont in 2007. Camper/Counselor Noa Urbaitel and K4P parents Roberta Nubile, Elizabeth Berger, and Naomi Barell spoke about the positive impact that Kids4Peace has had on their lives. Then our special guests, Yakir Englander, Montaser Amro and Fr. Josh Thomas, inspired us with stories of hope and acceptance.
Since our New Hampshire/Vermont chapters will be starting a new year-round program, our small staff is seeking assistance for this growth. There are opportunities for community members to become a Friend and/or an Ambassador.
Friends will volunteer time and talent to assist with year-round youth activities, service projects, photography & video, mailings & administrative tasks, media & public relations, special events, etc.
Ambassadors will be trained to become spokes-people for Kids4Peace to help with camper recruitment, presentations to community groups, faith communities and spreading the message of peace.
(If you are reading this, please consider signing up at www.kids4peace.org/vermont. We need your energy! The choice of activities and level of commitment will be up to you.)
Surrounded by colorful posters & banners, delicious refreshments, and live music, the campers and staff shared hugs and group photos, rejoicing in the special community that brings us together in our mission of peace.
The evening ended later with Vice President of Kids4Peace International giving a talk at the University of Vermont for students and staff.
Photo Credit: Kelley Gage