Cemeteries invoke our frailty and longing for wholeness. With loving tenderness, we will care for the sacred earth holding the remains of our Jewish family who walked before us. With tools provided by IWagePeace Inc., we will raise sunken burial markers, and remember all that we have in common. A Cemetery volunteer will be our guide. A bus will take us from the New Haven Green to the cemetery location.
Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut creates affordable homes for families in need Habitat will provide the tools and materials. No experience is required. Bring work gloves, appropriate cloths for onsite construction, and good work shoes. Sign up in advance, as space is limited. We are looking for three Jewish, three Muslim, and three Christian volunteers. Hours are from 9:00 to 3:30.
A bus will take us from the New Haven Green to the beach, where will safely pick up the trash: one of us holding a bag, and another, wearing gloves, will remove the debris from the beach while yet another, pen in hand, will document the items we remove. And so, we will share the morning sun, Christian, Muslim, and Jew, and clean our beaches together. A Save the Sound volunteer will join us and answer your questions.
Working as one family of God, we will walk a short half mile from the New Haven Green to Christ Episcopal Church and make sandwiches. With guidance from local food pantries and experienced professionals, we will bring the food to those in need, joining in our common calling.
Fun for all ages, we will hand paint a giant peace billboard measuring 48 feet long and 14 feet high. Designed by IWagePeace and under the artistic direction of muralist Russ Rainbolt, the vinyl canvas will be laid on the ground of the New Haven Green while volunteers will bring color and texture to our message of peace, healing, and faith. Everyone can join in this event. The sign will be posted on a billboard on busy Interstate 95 in Southern Connecticut for everyone to see.
Visit IRIS, learn about their work, meet some refugees, and help with a few projects. In 2017 IRIS resettled 343 refugees. They came from many war-torn countries, including Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. IRIS helps refugees on the road to self-sufficiency by providing lifesaving support during their transition to life in the United States. IRIS case managers greet refugees and take them to apartments rented by IRIS and furnished with donated furniture. After being served a warm, culturally appropriate meal and after having a good night’s sleep, their clients begin the work of being integrated into the fabric of the United States.