173 North Prospect St.
Burlington, VT 05401
Burlington Friends Meeting
Friends Concerns
Burlington Friends have set up a number of funds, "concerns," to provide a vehicle for donations of money. Current concerns include:

Care center children, staff and American visitors, Kakamega Orphanage

The USFW-Kakamega Orphan Project of Kakamega
A grassroots effort to help children whose parents have died primarily of AIDS. It is an orphanage and a feeding program and provides educational sponsorships for orphans so they can go to school. It is run by Kenyan Quaker women of the USFW (United Society of Friends Women, Kakamega). Since 2001, they have devoted their lives to helping orphans in serious need.

Partnered with the USFW is Friends of Kakamega, a Maine-based Quaker non-profit organization. Since 2002, Friends of Kakamega has worked to finance the Care Center dining hall and dormitories, and to sponsor over 150 children for education.
Children of the Kakamega Care Center
Each summer Friends of Kakamega organizes a service project trip to the orphanage to work with the children, and to introduce participants to a world so different from the world of many Americans.

Contact - Sukie Rice: 51 Hunter Road, Freeport, ME 04032 Tel: 207-865-3768,
sukierice@suscom-maine.net, www.friendsofkakamega.org

Small Potatoes
Offering sandwiches, hard boiled eggs, bananas, sweets, serving a drink, “Orange juice or cider; keep your cups, come back for more,” to the people who have been gathering from Saturday-to-Saturday at 8 a.m. in all seasons at the Congregational Church on South Winooski gives a reality to the consecrated bread and wine of communion practiced in the Christian tradition. After more than twenty years of this ministry, we know lots of guests by name, but questions are never asked about the circumstances that bring them out early on a Saturday morning for a meal. Everyone is welcome. Surely God is in this place of camaraderie and humor and breaking bread together.

Preparations begin each week on Monday when bread from an outstanding, local baker is picked up and frozen at the Bassett House. They resume on Thursday when eggs and sweets are collected from the Chittenden County Food Shelf, and juices and ingredients to make the filling for tuna, egg salad, and cheese sandwiches are purchased. At 12 dozen eggs x 52 weeks a year x 23 years, 172,224 eggs have been boiled. Maybe Small Potatoes is eligible for the Guinness Book of World Records. Every Friday afternoon or evening, a team of volunteers gathers in the Bassett House kitchen to produce more than 200 sandwiches. Some of them have worked together for years to ready the Saturday meal.

Small Potatoes takes its name from a comment to a TV crew by a group witnessing at a laboratory that produces guidance systems for nuclear weapons. They were asked, “Do you think you’re prophets?”

“No,” they replied. “We’re just small potatoes, but what we are saying is that you cannot have both the nuclear bombs and a future for our children.” Subsequently, they took two white doves into the laboratory as a gift of peace. They were arrested and convicted of criminal trespass.

The judge sentenced one of the members to 500 hours of community service. When he became aware that there is no provision of food for people in need over the week-end in Burlington, Small Potatoes was conceived. Many individuals and communities support this effort.

Help for Small Potatoes is always welcome.
Contact - Helen Head, 802-862-2267, Small Potatoes1 or Martha Penzer: 802-734-2717, Small Potatoes2
Heifer International

For many years the children of our Meeting have supported Heifer International, though it is not a formal Friends Concern in our Meeting. Heifer’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. By giving
Heifer International
families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, they empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope. With gifts of livestock and training, they help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. They refer to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. It’s called Passing on the Gift – a cornerstone of Heifer's mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.

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