Gratitude

Nov 12, 2020

Dear friends,
Tomorrow the Montana Nonprofit Association will celebrate Philanthropy Day by honoring outstanding organizations and individuals. Today and ever after, I am honoring the people listed here. In August I sent out a special appeal for donations to help us weather the storm of Covid-19. You folks listed here (as well as a couple who wanted to remain anonymous) stepped up to say “yes”! And because of all of you, we raised over $20,000 from that letter! Each week as the checks kept coming, I was awed by your generosity. And all the notes you wrote touched my heart. My thanks to each of you and all of you for your part in making sure a Missoula icon of peace remains strong into the future.

This coming Sunday we will close our very first online auction and again an amazing group of folks stepped up to donate meals, desserts, quilts, classes and so much more. Special thanks to the Good Food Store and First Security Bank for leading the way. And a growing list of participants is bidding away on items getting us about halfway to our goal. It’s fun to watch! But it is even more heartwarming to feel the support from our community. You all make me so proud to be a part of this organization and to be about the work of peace! Quoting William Shakespeare, “I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks”…Betsy Continue reading

Peace Offerings Auction Nov 6 to Nov 15

Check out our Peace Offerings online – our adapted peace party auction! So many generous folks have offered their time and talent to support this important work. Several businesses have offered gift certificates and items despite seeing income losses this year. And our community has stepped up with handmade quilts, meals, pies, cookies, garden help and even a cooking class with a well-known local chef. All of this is a testament to how important we are to each other, and how important the Peace Center is to our community. Now it is up to you. Go to our Peace Offerings site, sign up with an account and start bidding. The auction will be live from 5 pm tomorrow until 5 pm on Sunday, November 15.

Pledge to Be Peaceful!

Dear friends,

According to the American Psychological Association “this election is a significant source of stress for more than two-thirds of American adults — up from half during the 2016 presidential election” and another survey from More in Common cites “about 7 in 10 Americans are worried about the risk of widespread violence after the election”. This is disturbing because our peaceful transfer of power has been one of the hallmarks of our government. When one candidate won’t meet with you because you aren’t in his party and the campaign ads are more about fear and negativity rather than any productive discussion of the issues we face, it is clear the system is broken and the stress and worry are warranted. Continue reading

Our Impact with Fair Trade

Friends,

Becoming a conscientious consumer might not seem like a lot in the battle to move the social good of the world forward but it is. I cannot stress this point enough. For better or worse, our world is driven by economics. That gives your dollar power. Trust me, I get it, it can be an overwhelming process to look behind the label of everything you buy, research, and agonize between about the, “lesser of two evils” when all you want is a new toothbrush. Thankfully, there are so many people out there rethinking and innovating how business is done. When we make the commitment to support that change by buying local, fair trade, environmentally friendly, etc. the rule rather than the exception, your positive purchases begin to add up.

I took some time this week to do a deep dive on the impact of our little shop. Turns out we have representation from over 50 Countries, Territories, and Indigenous Tribal communities!  Not bad for a small shop in Missoula. Here are just a few of the ways your purchases in our shop impact these communities,  Continue reading

Peace Party 2020 – Online  Auction November 6 to 15

Peace Party 2020 – Online  Auction November 6 to 15

Each year, we come together as a peace community at our Fall Peace Party! It’s our chance to celebrate the past year and look ahead. We also raise the money we need each year for our programs. Your generosity each year inspires us and keeps us working for peace!

A little over a week from now  (October 8th)  is the date we had planned for our annual Peace Party. Not being able to share this event with you adds to the sadness of a year marked with distance, division and tragedy. We have had a wonderful outpouring of support from our letter asking for donations to help us raise the funds needed to keep the Peace Center going. We are SO grateful for all of you and your kindness.

But we can’t let the opportunity to connect with each other pass us by. It is important that we keep physical distance. But it is more critical that we continue to find ways to socially engage with each other. It is necessary to our wellbeing as social creatures and a basic foundation of peacemaking. So we are organizing an online auction to begin on November 6 and run until November 15 and our theme is “Peace Offerings”. We want this auction to focus on YOU and the gifts and talents you have to share. That way we can really connect with each other in a meaningful way. So we are asking you to think about what you have to offer our peace community. For instance, maybe you can offer something you have baked or made, teach a skill or donate some hands-on help to someone. The possibilities are endless! We just need to know by October 30.

If you’d like to offer something, please complete our google form or let us know the following information by October 30:

1) A description
2) The value
3) A suggested minimum bid
4) Can you deliver it or would you like us to pick it up?
5) And possibly a picture we can use for the auction (especially if it’s something you are offering to make or do in the future!)

Thank you for considering our request. We may follow up with a phone call, but we are cutting down on the paper we are using! There are a lot of online auctions happening now, but you have the opportunity to make this one very special. Even if you can’t donate something, we hope you will plan on getting an account at 32 auctions and checking us out with a bid or two or several in early November!
So grateful for you,

Betsy Mulligan-Dague
Executive Director
peace@jrpc.org or 406-274-6171