Organizations in Partnership with Servas
Partnership Goals: USServas establishes collaborative relationships with a few other pro-peace organizations to benefit both the partner organization and its members and Servas. We seek out other non-profit organizations working in complementary ways to build peace through cross cultural understanding and cooperation. The “Partners Program” introduces Servas to people who are likely to appreciate and make good use of Servas, as travelers especially. This helps to bring wholesome new members into Servas continually, to keep Servas vital, while helping each partner organization build and serve its clientele to enhance, ease and enrich travel for its current and/or alumni members through Servas.
What Partnership with Servas Entails: USServas wants to establish close contact with a staff or board member liaison inside the partner organization who will work with Chair Stephanie Hughes or a key member of the USServas Partnerships Committee to customize how their participants can use Servas to advantage. Both USServas and the partner organization then establish an explanatory weblink to the other. Usually the partner organization incorporates into its participant orientation and/or alumni communications modules on how to join and use Servas and publishes periodically in its newsletters inspiring and practical information about participating in Servas. Sometimes Servas and partner organizations invite representatives to speak and “table” at their conferences.
How to Become a Servas Partner: Please contact us to explore a potential partnership and establish a liaison. Phone USServas Partnerships Chair Stephanie Hughes at (630) 420 4233 or the USServas office in Arcata, California at (707) 825-1714 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org . We are eager to connect with you!
VOLUNTEERS FOR PEACE, Inc.
web link: vfp.org
Volunteers for peace is all about international voluntary service!
VFP offers over 3000 projects in more than 100 countries each year. Our grassroots projects arise from the needs of the local community. Most projects are organized through our partner organization in another country. Our partner then works with non-profits, non-governmental organizations, or environmental and community groups within local communities. Most of our projects, about 80%, are short-term (2-3 weeks) and occur between May and September. There are also medium-term projects (1-3 months) and permanent projects, offered all year with a minimum service of 2 weeks or 1 month depending on the project.
The AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION
The AHA advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington DC, it works through more than 100 local chapter and affiliates across the United States. AHA members convene annually for four days of informative sessions and business meetings to promote member education and acquaintance and to advance strategic objectives.
COMMON GROUND CENTER
Common Ground Center is a non-profit, cooperatively-run education and outdoor recreation center on 700 acres in a beautiful mountain valley in Vermont. We welcome people of all ages, ethnicities, lifestyles, abilities and economic backgrounds. Our signature program is Camp Common Ground, an all inclusive week-long family vacation. We also have a number of theme-based programs for families and adults. Join us for fun, creative expression, vegetarian food, and community. Our handicap accessible facility is available throughout the year for rentals including weddings, programs, and corporate and family retreats. Common Ground hosted the U. S. Servas annual conference in 2014.
As Servas members, we join the UN as part of a peace-building process of building a world free of violence, poverty and inequality. When we meet with fellow Servas hosts and travelers around the world, we build the foundation for universal peace as we share experiences, customs, and respect for all peoples. Together, we build a peaceful and just world!
A Brief History of the United Nations: The UN was initially conceived as a wartime alliance in 1942. It was founded as an international organization by 51 countries on Oct. 24, 1945 to maintain world peace and social progress. The UN has four purposes: 1. to maintain international peace and security; 2. to develop friendly relations among nations; 3. to cooperate in solving international problems and promoting respect for human rights; and 4. to be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations. It has grown to 193 member states and is the only entity with global legitimacy, multilateral experience, competence, coordinating ability and impartiality.
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) at the UN provide hands-on experience on issues, raise public awareness, reach people in communities, and help avoid top-down decisions. NGOs can attend international conferences and events, make written and oral statements, organize side events, enter the UN, and have opportunities to network and lobby.
UN Goals: In 2015, the UN committed to seventeen 15-year goals – called the 2015-2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which address the factors necessary to eliminate war and achieve peace. They require the input of civil society, governments, businesses, and academia – all of us. The UN wants to assure that the “person on the street” knows about the SDGs and no one is left behind. It is critically important to mobilize society and engage youth to make sure the SDGs become a reality.
1. End Poverty in all its forms everywhere.
2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
4. Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
6. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
8. Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
15. Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
17. Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
SERVAS representatives at the UN: Servas reps at the UN contribute to the goals and programs of the UN by giving input, advocating UN goals and policies, and participating in NGO meetings. Servas reps receive annual passes to enter UN premises, attend conferences and events, and make written and oral statements.
What all SERVAS members can do:
- Take a 1 hour tour of the UN in New York City which is open to the public only as a guided tour. It is advised to make reservations on-line at least 1 month in advance or check same-day cancellations. Bring a government-issued photo ID http://visit. un.org/content/tickets
- Network with other peace and justice organizations, including social justice, women’s issues, sustainability and human rights.
- Participate in joint UN activities with organizations that are affiliated with the UN and/or that foster the 17 SDGs. Examples are League of Women Voters (LWV), American Association of University Women (AAUW), Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Sierra Club, ACLU, American Humanist Association (AHA), and Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).