Iowa Peace Network

Organization: Iowa Peace Network

Office Address: 4100 6th Ave. Des Moines, IA 50312

Mailing Address: 4211 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

Contact: Jessica Ireland

Contact Phone Number: 515-255-7114                                                                                                       

Contact E-Mail: iowapeacenetwork@gmail.com

Website: http://www.iowapeacenetwork.org/index.htm

Student Opportunities: After contacting the Iowa Peace Network, speaking with the contact person and researching the organization, I found that student volunteer opportunities were not going to pan out like I had anticipated. However there are still ways to get involved. The contact stated that volunteers are always needed and greatly appreciated. There are weekly gatherings at different Des Moines locations to advocate for international peace. However, the primary objective is to raise money that can be contributed to larger NGO’s and peace advocacy groups, such as the International Peace Institute, Human Rights Watch and The Global Justice Center.

Best Time To Be Reached: During regular business hours, Monday-Friday by telephone. Contact via e-mail can also be made.

Training Needed: No specific training is required for volunteers, just an interest in non-profit humanitarian assistance, conflict resolution, and global  human rights advocacy.

Regions Served: Issues that headline the Iowa Peace Network campaign include violence in Palestine, gender equality and women’s rights, particularly in Africa, and the disarmament of nuclear capabilities in Iran and North Korea. Iowa Peace Network is concerned with advocating peace, regardless which region of the world.

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker

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Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking

Organization: Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking

Address: 843 Thirteenth Ave North,  Clinton, IA 52732

Contact Phone Number: 563-242-7611

Contact Fax Number: 563-243-0007                                                                                                        

Contact E-Mail: sisters@clintonfranciscans.com

Website: http://www.clintonfranciscans.com/our-mission-center-for-active-nonviolence-and-peacemaking.html

Organization President: Janice Cebula

Student Opportunities: After contacting this organization, I learned many things that I did not discover through my research. This is an all female advocacy organization sponsored by the sisters of St. Francis Church.While the Sisters have made lifelong commitments to the church, they do not discourage anyone, particularly students, from joining them in their efforts of advocacy for international peace, justice, environmental sustainability, humanitarian assistance, nuclear disarmament, global health, poverty, immigration and human trafficking. The sisters sponsor events to raise awareness and enlighten people to the issues faced at an international level that foster violence, war and destabilized regions of the world.  The events are also held to raise money in order to donate to large international NGO’s that work to support their beliefs, such as The Polaris Project (an anti-human trafficking organization), and the WHO, as well as UNICEF.

Best Time To Be Reached: During regular business hours, Monday-Friday by telephone, although it took multiple efforts to reach someone. Or contact the Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking via e-mail. The organization responded to my e-mail the following day.

Time Commitment For Opportunities: The contact person at the Center  for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking communicated that participation is entirely optional and the number of volunteer hours is at ones discretion. Events are not held all that often, as there is about one per month, so this is a viable option for students with only a small amount of time to spare.

Training Needed: No training needed for volunteering. The Center  for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking simply wants individuals passionate about the international issues that the organization is centered around.

Regions Served: The Center  for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking does not directly serve any regions outside of Iowa, but raise money to donate to NGO’s present in every region of the world.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? I found that the Sisters of St Francis have a constitution which states that “As women of faith, in union with Christ, we, the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa, embrace this responsibility to be revealers of God’s presence by our lives, and to be co-creators of a world of love, justice, and peace.”

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker

Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa

Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa

www.muawi.org

515 28th St # 101, Des Moines, IA

Contact: Mira Yusef, Executive Officer

Phone:  515-288-0881 (Des Moines)

319-538-5207 (Iowa City)

Social Media: Facebook, twitter

Best time to call: Business Hours will be the best (Mon-Fri: 9:30am-6pm Sat:10am-3pm) but you can leave a message with your name and contact information anytime.

Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa is a community–based organization with a mission to end violence against women and girls in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities in Iowa.  Monsoon officially opened its doors in 2007; since then, they have provided direct services to hundreds of survivors/victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and they run a violence prevention group focusing on youth in Iowa. Since 2008, Monsoon has included young people in a broader movement to end violence through its violence-prevention program. The program includes 11 youth advocates who work with middle and high school students on prevention efforts such as dating violence, bullying, stalking, sexting and gang violence. This is done through after-school programs, peer-to-peer counseling and youth-led community activities. Currently, the organization offers services for African communities.

As for volunteer opportunities, Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa strongly prefers someone who is from Asia, has API language ability, or has long-term connections with API communities.