Volunteers assist Creativity for Peace by serving on committees, organizing projects with American youth, planning events, soliciting gifts-in-kind, and much more.
During camp in New Mexico, volunteers are needed for the following types of tasks:
- Camp set-up and take-down
- Drivers to and from the Albuquerque airport
- Meal preparation for campers and staff
- Body workers for camp staff
- Chaperones at camp and on outings
Volunteers assist Creativity for Peace by serving on committees, including organizing the annual girls circle, event planning, soliciting gifts-in-kind and more.
Volunteers can also help by:
- Preparing mailings
- Working at special events
- Hosting a fundraising party
- Assuming fundraising tasks
John Connell, Volunteer
I was introduced to Creativity for Peace by a close friend, with whom I served on the board of Kitchen Angels in Santa Fe. After my board term ended, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more. Beginning in 2004, I volunteered to cook all lunch and evening meals for two camp sessions. When I was asked to serve on the Creativity for Peace board, I gladly accepted.
I have been inspired to continue volunteering, in whatever capacity I am able, because I love meeting and learning about each year’s group of young women and renewing relationships with Young Leaders from years past. And I love seeing new-to-Creativity for Peace volunteers joining the ranks.
Creativity for Peace's work would not be possible without those individuals who donate their time and talents. More than 100 active volunteers, including teens, college students, and adults of all ages, help us to create a more peaceful future.
Thank you to our 2018 Volunteers
Johnny D. Delamate
Nona Lee Gregg
Paul and Ruth Kovnat
Mary Gray McGee
Mary Lynn McNallie
Leslie Nathanson Juris
Elana Sue St. Pierre
“My work with Creativity for Peace has changed my life and greatly challenged me to grow into a more nonviolent, open person.”
Youth Volunteers and Interns
As an organization focused on empowering and training youth, we encourage the involvement of young people. High school and college students who are interested in peace and social justice work contribute in many ways:
- A graduate student from Tucson helped to write and design a newsletter for camper alumnae.
- A high school student from Santa Fe organized “Peaceworks” sessions, where volunteers created handmade gifts for campers.
- A group of high school students from Santa Fe created an online fundraiser to support Young Leaders’ projects in the Middle East.
- Students from MASTERS charter high school restored artworks made by young Palestinian and Israeli women that are installed on our camp land.
InternshipsEach summer we select two interns who are college students, or recent college graduates, studying fields related to our work. These young people work closely with staff and volunteers to plan events, design newsletters, conduct research, and lend a hand at camp, among many other tasks, while learning valuable skills to further their careers. For information and an application for our summer internship program, click the links below. Applications for the summer program are due on May 1.
Internship Description Internship Application
Youth Volunteer Profile
Xitlalitl Rodas is 15, a sophomore at Mandela International Magnet School in Santa Fe, and has been involved in Creativity for Peace for the past two years, including as a Peace Ambassador. Peace Ambassadors gather twice monthly and learn leadership and peacemaking skills, including public speaking, storytelling through video, fundraising, mindfulness, and nonviolent communication. Xitlalitl also teaches Compassionate Listening workshops at school and elsewhere.
“Creativity for Peace has had a large impact on my life,” she says. “The program has empowered me as a person and as a woman and has sparked new ideas that I use to confidently advocate for the work we do. I have learned about different perspectives through first-hand stories. History is important but personal stories have the strength to touch people’s hearts.”
Xitlalitl’s mom, Sonia Perez, has noticed the difference in her daughter. She says, “When Xitlalitl first heard about this program she became curious and excited about meeting other girls and learning about their real-life difficulties. She uses compassionate listening skills at home and at school.
“Her confidence in public speaking and leadership has grown at an unexpected level. I am amazed to see how she honors her role as a Peace Ambassador. She truly believes that her participation in this program will bring positive change to other people's lives."