Outreach Projects

Charity Begins @ Home

Quakers are doers – activists. “Quiet revolutionaries” to some. Engagement with society, especially those among us in greatest need, is a long-running theme of Quakers everywhere. Sometimes our aim is national, sometimes global. More often, it’s local.  

The Phoenix Quaker Meeting brings together individuals with many interests and concerns. According to our passions, available time, and financial means, individuals invest in projects and charities of many kinds, all driven by a shared mission of service and support for urgent needs in society. 

In no particular order, here is a sampling of projects within the Phoenix Meeting that speak to the diversity of our interests and personal commitment to serving others. Some are formal nonprofit charities. Some are a single individual doing what is right. 

This is a first installment listing names and organizations and contact links for individuals within our Quaker family. To learn more about these projects – or to help – do not hesitate to reach out. 

Len Schulwitz purchases old cell phones off eBay and gives them to people who need them. This could become a network of volunteers purchasing phones, activating them with low payment plans, and distributing them where most needed. Len welcomes help. Contact Len: schulwitz@gmail.com

Paulette Gehlker supports Project Linus, an organization that gives handmade blankets and afghans to children who are ill, traumatized or living at risk. Contact Paulette: paulette.gehlker@me.com. Contact the Project Linus founder Eve Buck: PL.evebuck@gmail.com

Tom Haines teaches the Japanese martial art of aikido through Arizona Aikido. Aikido emphasizes non-violent resolution to conflict whenever possible. The practice promotes mind/body integration of energy and centering. Aikido celebrates the commonality of all people, a fundamental assumption of all Quakers. Contact Tom: thaines18@cox.net

Nancy Marshall and others in the Phoenix Quaker Meeting support the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund, a nonprofit helping Aymara youth prepare for higher education as a path out of poverty and discrimination faced by this marginalized Native community. Nancy serves BQEF as Clerk. Visit www.bqef.org for more information about programs and trips. Contact Nancy: nanmar4009@gmail.com

Willard White founded Walid’s Fund to bring skills training to Syrian refugees in camps in southern Lebanon, an area abandoned by most international relief agencies. Skills such as barbering, sewing, and carpentry improve the quality of life, generate income, and prepare families for eventual return to cities, villages and farms in Syria. Visit www.walidsfund.org. Contact Willard: white@martsandlundy.com

Richard Starling founded the Arizona Community Land Trust to deal with complex issues of food production and distribution. ACLT seeks to change the model of ownership and profit to return benefits of available healthy food to all communities, starting with “food deserts” in Phoenix. Contact Richard: rstarling29@aol.com

Anticipate additions to this directory of projects sponsored by our Phoenix Quaker community.