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Report from UNICEF Committee

Dear Volunteers,

A huge, “thank you” to everyone who helped on this year’s UNICEF campaigns. The Brooklyn for Peace UNICEF Committee, like all of the other BfP committees, found ourselves needing to do so much more with the election of Donald Trump as our president. Our tasks were no longer were just to put a spotlight on suffering and speaking truth to power. We needed to exponentially increase our efforts. Truth itself needed to be defended; and still does. We needed to seize power and get more involved in efforts that would lead to concrete and lasting results.

This Spring Jaki & Henry Florsheim expanded the Brooklyn for Peace welcoming immigrant and refugee poster campaign to include schools. The UNICEF Committee, who last year had Trick or Treat for UNICEF drives in eighteen schools, joined in this effort with marvelous results. Our efforts to help Brooklyn students to become better global citizens grew tremendously and our schools saw Brooklyn for Peace as an important educational resource.

One of our schools is P.S. 295 in Sunset Park. Many of its students’ parents are undocumented immigrants from Mexico and other Central American nations. Before visiting that school I wanted to do more than just give the school a few “Refugees and Immigrants Welcomed Here” posters; so I worked with Eric Shtob, who had contacts with ACLU to get a wallet-sized, folded instructional sheet in Spanish that would tell immigrants what to do and say that would keep them from incriminating themselves; if they were ever stopped by ICE. When I proudly showed this to the parent coordinator at P.S. 295 he smiled and said that NYC already gave him an equivalent, wallet-sized flyer. I am so grateful that we live in a sanctuary city that is proactively working on behalf of all its citizens.

Eleven years ago a horrible earthquake devastated Haiti. Haitians were allowed entry visas and work permits to live in the USA. The problem is that these special permits expire next year. These Haitians will lose their legal status and can be deported. In NYC there are over 5,200 of these immigrants, plus their families. The majority of these families live in Brooklyn. We should reach out to schools in the Haitian communities and try to protect these families as best as we can.

As always, our UNICEF collections were spectacular. We’ve counted the money collected from the UNICEF box handout events and our tables along 7th Ave. on Halloween and it totaled over one thousand dollars. This year twenty two schools participated in our Trick or Treat for UNICEF drives, which is four more schools than last year.
This would not have happened without you!!!!!
Thank you!!!!

Best wishes,
Monroe Allison
Brooklyn for Peace

Volunteers Needed! Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2017

The UNICEF Committee of Brooklyn For Peace is working on 3 projects for 2017:

1) Set up UNICEF Programs in schools. We reach out to Brooklyn Schools to encourage them to sponsor a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF drive every Halloween. We have a simplified program that includes teaching the students about global citizenship. They learn that there are children as smart and as funny as they are but who are facing dire conditions.. They can help these children by Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. Our program is an “a la carte” menu.  Each school decides what it wants us to do and what it will do on its own.

Our activities in teaching global citizenship have expanded exponentially in several of the schools. New this year was giving “refugees and immigrants are welcomed here” posters to the schools.

2) Distribute UNICEF Collection Boxes. At several events leading up to Halloween, we hand out  2,000 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF collection boxes to neighborhood children and families.
We need volunteers at these events. Please read the information below to see the places, dates and time. Email unicef@brooklynpeace.org if you can participate this year at one or more of these events:
Sat., 10/21/17 Old Stone House 5th Ave. & 3 rd St., 10 am to 2 pm
Sat., 10/21/17 Halloween Street Party St. Marks St., 6th & Flatbush Ave,  noon to 5 pm
Sat., 10/28/17 Grand Army Plaza 9 am to 1 pm ((Sign up here)
Sat., 10/28/17 Halloween Street Party St. Marks St., 6th & Flatbush Ave,  noon to 5 pm
Sun., 10/29/17 Old Stone House 5th Ave. & 3 rd St., 3 pm to 5 pm

3) Tues., 10/31 (Halloween!) 3 pm to 7 pm: Collect money and distribute boxes at Park Slope HALLOWEEN PARADE. We set up tables along 7th and 5th Aves. stretching from Carroll St. to 12th St. Last year we had five stations. At these stations, we collect donations from the public, hand out UNICEF collection boxes to trick or treaters who do not have them, and hand out flyers to educate the public about the work that UNICEF does. Staffing these tables takes many volunteers. Sign up here.

Email unicef@brooklynpeace.org for more information or to volunteer.

2016 UNICEF Campaign Report

Thank you  to everybody who helped make the Brooklyn for Peace’s Trick or Treat for UNICEF 2016 drive so successful.  It was our best campaign ever.  We raised over $21,000. This year we sponsored drives in eighteen schools; more than 3,000 students participated.  We handed out 1,300 UNICEF collection boxes to children and families before Halloween. And at our collection stations along 7 th  & 5 th  Aves. we raised donations totaling $640 and handed out another 700 UNICEF collecting boxes to trick or treaters.

What we do during Halloween is very special.  UNICEF will do important and great things with the $21,000 we gave to them. Most of this money was collected by kids. We taught thousands of children in our neighborhood how to be responsible global citizens. The kids who we enabled to trick or treat for UNICEF this year helped children in dire need. Now these neighborhood kids have sugar plums dancing in their heads because they know that their work made our world a better place.
It’s not too early to start planning for the 2017 campaign! To participate,  contact me at unicef@brooklynpeace.org

Monroe Allison
UNICEF Coordinator, Brooklyn for Peace
January 7, 2016

Please help the Brooklyn For Peace Unicef Committee

The best time to contact a school in order to ask them to run a Trick or Treat for Unicef drive for the upcoming Halloween is during April and May. Please help us reach out to people!
Unicef is in desperate for more money. With the wars raging in Syria, Iraq and Yemen there is now more refugees (over 5 million) in the Mideast than there were in Europe at the end of World War II. The Saudi have put parts of Yemen into siege. The people in those are being starved and the infrastructure has collapsed, Sanitation systems have failed hundreds of people are getting infected with cholera every day. And, UNICEF is there for those who suffered through hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the recent earthquakes in Mexico.

If you know of a school that we should speak to about starting a Trick or Treat for Unicef campaign please send an email to monroe.allison@gmail.com and mention who we should contact. Part of what we do when we have a school program is for my wife, Diane Allison, do a presentation at the school just before Halloween. Here is a link to Diane doing a performance at P.S. 9 in Prospect Heights.

Brooklyn For Peace UNICEF Committee 2016 Projects

The UNICEF Committee of Brooklyn For Peace is working on 3 project for 2016:

1) Set up UNICEF Programs in schools. We reach out to Brooklyn Schools to encourage them to sponsor a Trick or Treat for UNICEF drives every Halloween. Then in many cases, we lend the schools a helping hand to run their campaigns.

2) Distribute Boxes. We hand out to neighborhood children and families 2,000 Trick or Treat for UNICEF collection boxes before Halloween. These events need volunteers. Please read the
information below to see the places, dates and time. Contact me at unicef@brooklynpeace.org if you can participate this year.

3) Collect money and distribute boxes at Park Slope HALLOWEEN PARADE. We set up stations along 7 th and 5 th Aves. stretching from Carroll St. to 12 th St. on Halloween starting at 4 PM. Last year we had five stations. It would be terrific to have even more this Halloween. These stations: collect donations from the public; hand out UNICEF collection boxes to trick or treaters who do not have them and hand out flyers to educate the public about the work that UNICEF does. Staffing these booths takes many volunteers. Being on 7 th and 5 th Aves. during Halloween is a lot of fun. The generous merchants on both Avenues and our fun-loving neighbors make Park Slope a marvelous, welcoming destination for trick or treaters city-wide. The trick or treaters’ costumes are creative and wonderful. Many of them will make you grin. The kids are happy and you will be too. Our Halloween plans are still a work in progress. These plans cannot take their final shape until we know how many volunteers we will have working. We need a lot help for the 4 pm to 6 pm shift and a few for 6 pm to 8 pm. Please contact me at unicef@brooklynpeace.org  if you would like to join us. This year Halloween (October 31) falls on a Monday.

Please email unicef@brooklynpeace.org

2015 UNICEF Campaign Report

Thank you  to everybody who helped make the Brooklyn for Peace’s Trick or Treat for UNICEF 2015 drive so successful.  It was our best campaign ever.  We raised $13,806! This year we sponsored drives in eight schools; more than 3,000 students participated.  We handed out 2,000 UNICEF collection boxes to children and families before Halloween. And at our collection stations along 7th & 5th Aves. we raised donations totaling $675 and handed out another 700 UNICEF collecting boxes to trick or treaters.

What we do during Halloween is very special.  UNICEF will do important and great things with the $13,806 we gave to them. Most of this money was collected by kids. We taught thousands of children in our neighborhood how to be responsible global citizens. The kids who we enabled to trick or treat for UNICEF this year helped children in dire need. Now these neighborhood kids have sugar plums dancing in their heads because they know that their work made our world a better place.

It’s not to early to start planning for the 2016 campaign! To participate,  contact me at unicef@brooklynpeace.org

Monroe Allison
UNICEF Coordinator, Brooklyn for Peace
January 7, 2016

 

Please help the Brooklyn For Peace Unicef Committee

The best time to contact a school in order to ask them to run a Trick or Treat for Unicef drive for the upcoming Halloween is during May. Please help us reach out to people!

Unicef is in desperate for more money. With the wars raging in Syria, Iraq and Yemen there is now more refugees (over 5 million) in the Mideast than there were in Europe at the end of World War II. And Unicef has already spent more than $250 million in its efforts to control the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, which is still ravaging rural areas of Sierra Leone and Liberia. And Unicef is rushing aid into Nepal right now.

If you know of a school that we should speak to about starting a Trick or Treat for Unicef campaign please send an email to monroe.allison@gmail.com and mention who we should contact.

Part of what we do when we have a school program is for my wife, Diane Allison, do a presentation at the school just before Halloween. Here is a link to Diane doing a performance at P.S. 9 in Prospect Heights.

Mission Statement

Children have rights. They need a voice. This committee is designed to build awareness of children’s rights while raising money for children’s development, heath, protection and education. We reach out to schools, merchants and neighbors, encouraging their participation in the annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

unicef@brooklynpeace.org

 
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