Some local veterans do not have family to share Christmas with.

A Peacemaking Project by Kaylie M.

What is the injustice we are solving?

As the great-granddaughter of a late veteran, I would never want to see a veteran celebrate Christmas alone.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of veterans being alone for holidays
we will address local nursing home veterans
by making cards and spending time with them.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • Make holiday cards for every local veteran in nursing homes.

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Spreading the love of our veterans throughout my community by getting all age groups involved. We will show the veterans compassion and gratitude, not only for their service to the United States of America, but also for their service to our community as a whole.

How will you show courage?

I will show courage by standing up for what I believe in at a young age. My great-grandfather was a World War II veteran, and I strongly believe that all veterans should be shown love and gratitude for all they have done.

How will you collaborate with others?

I will involve all age groups in the project. From kids barely old enough to color, to adults the same age as the veterans, anyone can make cards and have fun doing so. Also, I would like to include everyone who made cards in the delivery of them.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

I will know I am moving in the right direction when I see the happiness on my volunteers' and the veterans' faces.

Key Steps

  • Gather supplies and volunteers
  • Schedule a date for card making
  • Collaborate with local nursing homes and set up a delivery date
  • Make and deliver the cards
  • Thank all of the volunteers and veterans for their time

Reflection:

How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?

Working with so many young kids made me realize how much love they have to offer. The people involved learned a lot about veterans and active duty service members!

How did your community change as a result of your project?

Over 700 young children learned that our veterans and military members deserve all the appreciation we can give them.

How many people were impacted by your project?

1500

Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?

over 700 kids were involved in making cards over 700 veterans and military members will receive those cards almost 100 peers and adults were involved

How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?

We got to do some research on veteran hospitals and work towards our common goal

What did your team learn?

we learned that sometimes veterans and military members don’t realize just how appreciated they are

What challenges did your team overcome?

it was hard getting ahold of the hospitals

How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?

over 800 students and teachers were involved in making thank you cards

What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?

No age is too young to begin!! The earlier you spark your community service passions, the sooner you can change this world!

Comments:

Kelsey T.
2 February 2018 14:04

Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below

Strengths:
This is a wonderfully compassionate project! I'm especially excited by your collaboration -- particularly how you are working to involve people of all ages in the project implementation.

Things to Consider:
One thing to consider is how you can better articulate the injustice and root cause of your injustice so that you can strengthen your project even more. I'd encourage you to use our "Understand" resources to dig a bit deeper into the root causes of why veterans are alone for the holidays. What root cause are you addressing by making cards and spending time with them? Once you consider this, you can use the Compassionate Insight tool to help you re-write your compassionate insight (particularly the "we will address...." part) so that people will better understand your thinking. You can link to those tools from the "Compassionate Insight" section of your project dashboard.

Congratulations and best of luck with your project!

Adrian B.
5 June 2018 15:55

Hi Kaylie!

Congratulations on finishing your peacemaking project! I’m on the Peace First team and wanted to say thank you for your amazing work and for taking time to share about your work.

Below you will find some feedback based on your Reflection, which we hope will help you to celebrate your incredible accomplishment and reflect on how to grow and develop your project in the future:

Strengths:

Wow! I'm impressed at how many people you involved in making cards and distributing them to veterans. Amazing work!

I also am impressed at the ways you've collaborated with others. It sounds like it took persistence to get in touch with veteran-serving organizations, but that persistence paid off.

I'm excited to see that you're involving young children as well, and valuing what they have to bring. It's so important to value young people's work and contributions at any age, and I'm glad you're doing this here.

Things to consider:

I'm curious if you've had the chance to involve veterans in the planning and leading of your project. It's so important to talk to people who have been directly affected--get their ideas about the project and invite collaboration! There are veterans who don't celebrate Christmas--have you talked with them about the supports they need? Here's a tool that can help with this: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/understand-1-talking-others

My other question for you is about deepening your knowledge and articulation of the injustice you're addressing. Veterans do experience systemic oppression in many ways, and their work in the military has often asked them to do violence in the name of the government. Have you talked with veterans groups that advocate for peace? Anti-war work and supporting veterans are things that absolutely can work in tandem--and many veterans are vocal advocates for this! Here's one organization that does this work: https://www.veteransforpeace.org/

I'm so excited about the work you're doing to support a marginalized group. It's lifesaving, educational, and important. We hope you will stay in touch and keep us up to date as you continue your work to create change!

Best,
Adrian