The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The mission of the Alternatives to Violence Project is to empower people to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect for all, community building, cooperation, and trust.
The primary purpose of AVP groups is to offer individual tools for personal empowerment, enabling people to live their lives with dignity and self-respect. AVP facilitators serve the community by leading workshops with the goal of enhancing individual skills for peaceful reduction of conflict.
In 2016, AVP California councils around the state organized over 400 workshops in 26 prisons and jails, with over 6,400 participants, and almost 70 workshops in communities throughout the state with over 600 participants. This is an increase of 22% in total workshops over 2015! Making this happen is over 700 inmate facilitators and almost 250 community facilitators.