Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 12:00am to Saturday, March 19, 2022 - 11:59pm

Brooklyn Peace Center (Brooklyn, NY) has a 2-3 day volunteer opportunity on March 17-19, 2022 for individuals and/or groups (age 18 and up) who are skilled in carpentry, painting, plumbing and floor installation. 

Brooklyn Peace Center and their partners, including MCC and the New York City Council of Mennonite Churches, are urgently requesting volunteer help from groups and individuals. 

For more information and to express interest in this overnight volunteer opportunity, email NYProgram@mcc.org.

If these dates don’t work but you have a group of 5 or more eligible individuals who are excited to serve, contact NYProgram@mcc.org to arrange different dates.

In-person activities are constantly changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check back frequently for more details as the days approach!

About BPC: Brooklyn Peace Center is an asset-based community organization (501c3) that serves as a catalyst for peacebuilding and conflict transformation in Brooklyn and beyond. Brooklyn Peace Center also serves as a hub for agencies that promote peace, equip community residents, and provide needed services to the community. MCC and NYCCMC partner with Brooklyn Peace Center through a variety of community programs.

Jason Storbakken speaks at the launch event of Brooklyn Peace Center in June 2021.MCC photo/Andrew Bodden

DETAILS:

What is the purpose of the work days?

Brooklyn Peace Center will serve as a hub for agencies that promote peace, equip community residents and provide needed services to the community. These workdays will support the opening of the first Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Thrift shop network in NYC, Anabaptist Treasure Network. Volunteers will also assist with the renovation of office and meeting space for the New York Mennonite Immigration Program and Radical Living, both MCC partners. Groups and individuals should be age 18 and up and skilled in carpentry, painting, plumbing and/or floor installation.

Who is eligible to volunteer?

Individuals or groups (capacity 12 individuals) who are skilled painters, carpenters, plumbers, and/or floor installers. All volunteers must be age 18 or older.

Registration:

Each individual volunteer must register on Eventbrite. 

Register for Volunteer Work Days at BPC

After registering, you will be invited to a Zoom information session, where volunteers will be able to give feedback to customize your work experience and learn about trip context, safety, Anabaptist partnerships, and more.

See details below for costs.

Meals:

Volunteers should expect to seek out and pay approx. $10-15/meal for their own breakfasts and lunches. A variety of grab-and-go options are located in the immediate area.

Evening meals (potluck-style) will be provided by MCC partners in NYC.

Please share any dietary restrictions in the registration form.

Lodging:

Rustic accommodations are available free of charge if you wish to ‘camp out’ on-site in the sanctuary of Brooklyn Peace Center. Bring your own mat, bedding, and personal items. A simple shower is provided in the basement. This is the most economical option.

Traditional accommodations are available for $85/night plus $35 for additional guests if you wish to rent a room at Menno House (314 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003). Expect an approx. 45-minute commute from Menno House to Brooklyn Peace Center. Please note that proof of vaccination is required for overnight guests at Menno House. To reserve a room, visit the Menno House website and mention you're with the Volunteer Work Days at Brooklyn Peace Center. The Menno House manager will then follow up with you about a required deposit.

Or, you can reserve your own accommodations at a hotel or AirBnb at your own cost. 

Transportation and parking:

Volunteers who stay at Brooklyn Peace Center or Menno House will enjoy transportation free of charge, courtesy of MCC and partners.

Volunteers who make reservations at a hotel or AirBnb should arrange and pay for their own transportation.

Volunteers who drive their own vehicle should expect to park on the street or pay for parking in a garage during their time in NYC.

What to bring:

  • Tools and materials will be provided by Brooklyn Peace Center. If you have specific travel-size tools that you like to work with, please bring them. 
  • Bath towel
  • Personal items (if you are staying at the church)
  • Sleeping bag and air mattress (if you are staying at the church)

COVID-19 protocol:

  • Masks (fully covering your mouth and nose) are preferred when working inside the church space.KN95 masks will be provided by Brooklyn Peace Center for those who are interested.
  • We ask all individuals to carefully monitor symptoms before coming. If anyone in the group, or anyone in their families, has symptoms, test positive, or even worries they might have COVID-19, that person should not come.
  • Please note that, per New York City law, proof of vaccination is required for all public indoor activities, such as indoor dining, in NYC. NYC requires mask-wearing in all indoor public spaces and on public transportation. 

Draft schedule:

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Arrival at Brooklyn Peace Center

10:00am - Welcome and snack 

Project orientation/tour of workspace and facility

12:00pm - Grab-and-go lunch (Walking tour of the community)

1:00- 4:30pm - Work projects

4:30pm - Clean up and break

5:30pm - Meal together at BPC (hosted by a BPC partner) 

7:00pm - Relax (depart to overnight accommodations)

Friday, March 18, 2022

Breakfast on your own (grab-and-go)

8:30am - Arrival at BPC

Morning reflection with Project Manager, Jason

8:45am - Work projects

10:00am - Break and light snack (snacks provided)

Work Projects continued

12:30pm - Lunch on your own (grab-and-go)

1:30pm - Work projects 

3:00pm - Clean up, break and light snack (snacks provided) 

5:30pm - Meal together at BPC (hosted by a BPC partner) 

6:30pm - Relax (depart to overnight accommodations)

Saturday, March 19, 2022

8:30am - Arrive at the church 

Morning reflection with Project Manager, Jason

8:45am - Work projects

10:00am - Break and light snack (snacks provided)

Work Projects continued

12:00pm - Lunch provided by BPC partner

12:30 - 2:00pm - Work projects

2:00pm - Clean up

3:00pm - Wrap-up with Project Manager, Jason