Organizations in MT Budget

Mount Toby Friends’ budget has two sections for support of organizations. One section includes support for New England Yearly Meeting, Friends General Conference, Friends World Committee for Consultation, Friends Committee on National Legislation, the American Friends Service Committee nationally and locally, and our Connecticut Valley Quarterly Meeting (see Budget for details). The other section, titled Friends’ Concerns, includes support for other organizations, for some of which a Mount Toby contact person or liaison interprets the organization in a special Meeting for Business and throughout the year. The table below gives some basic information about the organizations in this Friends’ Concerns section of the budget. Friends are encouraged to support these organizations personally.

The organizations supported by the meeting change from time to time but these have been supported consistently.

Organization/Project and a brief description
contact information
AFSC national office: The American Friends Service Committee, founded:in 1917, carries out service, development, social justice and peace programs throughout the world. AFSC is a practical expression of the faith of the Religious Society of Friends(Quakers). Committed to the principals of nonviolence and justice, it seeks in its work and witness to draw on the transforming power of love, human and divine. 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, (215) 241-7000, Fax: (215) 241-7275, afsc.org/
AFSC of Western Massachusetts: Quaker based peace and social justice organization that supports local and global efforts focused on peace education and social justice. Western Mass. AFSC seeks to empower communities to confront problems and find lasting solutions that increase peace and build unity. Two primary goals are demilitarization of youth and empowerment of economically oppressed people. Western MA AFSC (American Friends Service Committee), 2 Conz Street, Suite 2B, Northampton, MA 01060, office@afscwm.org, Phone: 413-584-8975 / Fax: 413-584-8987 http://www.afscwm.org/
Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP):
Mount Toby Friends Meeting sponsors a group of experienced facilitators who conduct workshops on exploring creative alternatives to violence at a nearby prison. In general, two of our outside trainers work with two or three inmate trainers to run a weekend workshop that emphasizes the participants’ respect for self and others, communication skills, analysis of potentially violent situations, and finding new ways of dealing with conflict.
George and Ann Levinger, and Claude Tellier, in Mount Toby.(National website: avpusa.org/)
The Friends Committee on National Legislation is a non partisan Quaker lobby, which seeks to follow the leadings of the spirit as it speaks for itself and for like-minded Friends. Views in their publications are guided by the Statement of Legislative Policy which is prepared and approved by FCNL ‘s General Committee, which includes Friends appointed by 26 YMs. They publish Washington Newsletter monthly, and a weekly email message. more.. 245 Second Street, NE, Washington DC 20002-57945, fcnl.org
The mission of Quaker Bolivia Link (QBL) is to reduce poverty among the indigenous peoples of Bolivia. It funds, supervises and evaluates community-initiated projects primarily in agriculture, education and health. By empowering rural women, families and communities, QBL promotes the preservation of indigenous cultures and languages. QBL listens to the needs and concerns of marginalized people. It funds projects that address the root causes of their poverty. more.. 2961 Caminito Niquel, San Diego, CA 92117, 858.246.7177, qbl.org
Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) is a network of Friends (Quakers) in North America and other like-minded people who are taking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world from a spiritual perspective, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies. 173-B N. Prospect St., BurlingtonVermont, 05401-1607, 802/658-0308, Fax: 418/714-7011, info@quakerearthcare.org, quakerearthcare.org/
Right Sharing of World Resources is a program of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) supporting grassroots projects for economic development and offering educational materials for the study of the lives of the poor, the lives of the rich, and the spiritual meaning of both.
Right Sharing of World Resources, 101 Quaker Hill Dr. Richmond, IN 47374, Phone: 765.966.0314, rswr@rswr.org, rswr.org/
Woolman Hill is a quaker retreat, conference and education center, offering a range of programs on topics of spiritual reflection amd social renewal. Woolman Hill Conference Center, 107 Keets Road, Deerfield, MA 01342, woolmanhill.org