Peace Education and Action Center of Eastern Iowa

Organization: The World Food Prize Foundation

Address: 26 East Market Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52245

Contact Phone Number: (319) 354-1925

Contact Person: Lori Nelson                                                                                                         

Contact E-Mail: information@PEACEIowa.net

Website: http://peaceiowa.org/peaceiowa.php

Foundation President: Lori Nelson

Student Opportunities: The Peace Education and Action Center of Eastern Iowa is a community based organization that is run and operated by all volunteers. Lori Nelson communicated that there is always room for more volunteers, as the more people a peace group has, the stronger the message.

Best Time To Be Reached: Because the PEACE: Iowa group is all volunteers, there is a small window of time to contact somebody by telephone. The hours are Wednesdays 12 to 4 PM and Thursdays 1 to 3 PM. Contacting by e-mail is probably the more effective way to make contact with this organization. I made contact with Lori Nelson through e-mail.

Time Commitment For Opportunities: The time commitment for this organization is relatively small. While the group holds events every now and then, some planning is required. I was told that the average organization volunteer puts in about 6 hours a week.

Training Needed: No training needed. The only thing needed is a will to advocate for peace all over the world.

Opportunity Descriptions: This organization holds events that try to advocate peace and  educate people about the necessity for peace. Volunteers take part in these community events by planning and participating in them. The next event is Saturday, April 21st, which is the seminar on Gandhi’s Nonviolence and Satyagraha.

Regions Served: While the organization is located in Iowa and does not leave the state, except for rare occasions, the group tries to advocate for peace all over the world by educating people and raising awareness about current events of violence.

Suggestions for other International Development Opportunities: I was told that in case students from Drake University don’t want to travel to Iowa City, there are sister organizations for peace located in Des Moines, which I have also contacted.

Do You Serve Specific Ethnic Groups or Languages? The organization serves no particular ethnic group or nationality over another. The message being relayed is of nonviolence and conflict resolution anywhere their is violence, regardless of religion, political status or economic status.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? This organization tries to make visible the way of peace, increase awareness of the presence of peace-minded individuals and groups in eastern Iowa, and support their endeavors. I also learned that the organization tries to facilitate community, common purpose, and cooperative action among diverse peace-oriented groups. PEACE: Iowa also draws from the peace traditions of many faiths and from secular movements promoting peace, as well as inspire and educate future generations of peacemakers. The closest that this group gets to the international level is when the organization connects eastern Iowans to people affected by violent conflicts around the world, in order to hear first-hand their experiences, perspectives, and needs.

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker

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