Holiday P.E.A.C.E Trees Fundraiser

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The UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center community invites you to join us in making a difference by supporting our 2nd Annual Holiday Trees for P.E.A.C.E. Fundraiser.

As the Seattle community continues to be torn apart through violence and anger, we must continue to work together for the safety for our families, neighbors, and most importantly, our children.

In the fall of 2008, in the face of a growing youth violence crisis, school closures that disproportionately disenfranchised African-American children, cutbacks in human services due to a bad economy and solutions scarce, representatives of several community based organizations answered President Barack Obamas call to serve by coming together to transform two former crack houses into the UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E Center, a vibrant community based, youth focused cultural center in the heart of Seattles Central District.

The UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center focuses on replacing negative culture with positive culture. The facility includes the audio recording and video production studios, library & reading room, Organic P.E.A.C.E. Garden, office space for community organizations an outdoor stage and more.

Over the past year, the center has brought together many numerous community building events at the site and in the community including Community Issues, Dinners, Spring Fest & Green Organizers Mixer, Youth Leadership Retreat, Candidate Forums and more.

We also launched several initiatives and programs including a Womens Empowerment Initiative, Green Light Initiative for Eco Equity & Environmental stewardship and several youth development programs including the Young Kings & Queens and the Hip-Hop Communiversity Summer Academy providing over 50 youth with valuable summer employment, learning and enrichment opportunities.

Additionally, through our Homeless Veterans Street Outreach Support Services the Umojafest Peace Center provided 1300 bed nights, 1500 meals, and referred numerous individuals to drug rehabilitation in the past year.

The end result of the past years efforts was the elimination of the negative hostile environment around the post office. The safe quiet environment created by the efforts of the UmojaFest Peace Center has been a welcome change to all post office employees and neighbors.

Building on the outstanding success of last years Holiday Trees for P.E.A.C.E. fundraiser, we have brought it back for the 2009 holiday season!

If you or someone you know plans to purchase a live Christmas tree this year, what better way to encourage the “Yes We Can!” spirit, than to buy your tree in support of enterprising and hopeful young people?

We have a goal of raising $15,000 by the end of the year. Our specific needs include a furnace with installation and ductwork (winters here!), studio renovation completion, computers for our lab as well as general operating expenses to continue doing the work that we are doing.

We can reach our goal with your support. Trees are priced to fit YOUR budget, you can even name your own price!

Place your order today! Better still, tell all your family, friends, church and other groups about this opportunity to continue being part of the change and let us know HOW MANY TREES should be set aside.

Trees will be available for pick up at the center daily from 9am-9pm starting Nov. 27th. The UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center is located at 2314 E. Spring St. (24th & Spring St.) in central Seattle. One block south of Union st behind the Post Office.

To place your order today, please call 206.329.1591 or 877.505.6306.

If you do not want a tree but would like to support by making a contribution please do so at www.umojafestpeacecenter.com or mail your contribution to:

UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center
PO Box 22328
Seattle, WA 98122

Please reference tax ID#14-1798232 for your tax deductible contribution.
Thank you for your consideration and we hope that you can help us make the promise of change a reality.

Thank you.

UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center