4.16.12 FMR and VFP Partner to host International Workcamp
By: friendv3 (friendv3) 2012.04.16

Volunteers For Peace (vfp.org) is a Vermont non-profit celebrating our 30th year! VFP sends Americans around the world to volunteer as well as organizes and subsidizes projects in the US for international volunteers.  We offer almost 3000 projects in over 70 countries and welcome volunteers.  Learn more at <a moz-do-not-send="true" href="http://vfp.org/">our website!

This summer we have organized several Hurricane Irene Recovery Projects, including one in the Mad River Valley, in partnership with local group the Friends of the Mad River. The project description is below.

We are in the process of accepting the international volunteers into the project, so far we have volunteers from the USA (our US Program Coordinator who will co-lead this project), Russia, Hong Kong, Korea and France. We are looking for local businesses to get involved and sponsor this project! We need to raise $2500 to cover the costs of hosting the volunteers and providing the leader for the project.  If you are interested in supporting this effort, please contact Meg Brook of VFP (see below for info).

River Relief and Restoration, Mad River Valley, Vermont   
July 7th through July 22nd

On August 29, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene caused the most devastating flooding that Vermont has experienced in the last 83 years. One of the hardest hit areas was Waitsfield, Vermont. This workcamp will focus on cleaning up the Mad River Watershed which was seriously impacted by the storm. Work will involve separating the human habitat from the river habitat and the river habitat from the human habitat.

FRIENDS OF THE MAD RIVER, WAITSFIELD, VERMONT is a private, non-profit organization committed to protecting, improving and enhancing the ecological, recreational, and community values of the Mad River and its watershed. Founded in 1990, the Friends work to achieve this goal through research, education, advocacy and cooperative partnerships with neighbors, businesses, governments and other organizations. We work to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the Mad River and its watershed, and help find solutions to problems facing this precious community resource. www.friendsofthemadriver.org/

The benefits of sponsoring a project are immense and quite tangible. In addition to showing your support of the local community and being a partner in fixing some of Hurricane Irene’s damage we would invite and engage your staff in this unique, international opportunity. Typical activities are cook-outs, enjoying the natural beauty, sports activities and other community based gatherings. Local community members will be moved by the desire to serve these young people possess and the informal cultural exchange that occurs is priceless.

For more info contact:
Meg Brook
Executive Director
Volunteers For Peace
7 Kilburn Street, Suite 316
Burlington VT 05401
Tel: 802-540-3060
Cell: 802-343-2604