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Thank You for Your Generous Support of AVP During Give to Lincoln 2018

Thank you Lincoln, for your Generosity!!!

The Lincoln  community was incredibly generous during Give to Lincoln 2018, raising $4,613,411.73, far exceeding the expected goal. Wow!


Preliminary numbers look like AVPNebraska-Lincoln received  $5,200.00 in on-line contributions in contributions with the G2LD campaign.

AVPNebraska-Lincoln will receive a little more than that from the Community Foundation after they reconcile any admin fees not paid by the donors and add in our portion of the matching funds.

See below for more information about the G2LD fund process.

How does Give To Lincoln Day work?

All donations that were given via  givetolincoln.com were  made to the Firespring Foundation; a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which permits donors to advise a re-granting of their donations to other IRS recognized qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations. Firespring Foundation will re-grant 97.1% of each contribution to the qualifying organization as advised by the donor, retaining 2.9% plus $.30 per transaction for credit card transaction costs, unless the donor chooses to pay the fees. All donations are final and cannot be refunded.  Firespring Foundation emailed each donor a tax receipt following the submission of the donors gift.

How do the match funds work?

The Lincoln Community Foundation and the generous sponsors listed on this site provided  a $400,000 challenge match fund for the event. The donations received will be used to calculate the proportional distribution of the match funds. The amount of a nonprofit organization’s share of the match fund will be based on the percentage of donations the nonprofit receives of the total online and offline contributions made on Give to Lincoln Day. For example, if a nonprofit receives 1% of the total contributions from the event, that organization will receive 1% of the match fund.

Thank you to our donors for supporting the work of AVPNebraska-Lincoln

How we will use your donation

Give To Lincoln Day funds are an important resource that helps AVP-Nebraska-Lincoln to:

  • Purchase facilitator manuals, workshop materials & supplies
  • Provide scholarships for low income participants – many of whom are from Community Corrections/Work Release
  • Cover the cost of homemade meals for daylong Community Workshop sessions
  • Cover travel expenses for a Spanish-speaking AVP facilitator to help conduct much-needed workshops at the State Penitentiary

This personal testimony by Jimmie Martinez is eloquent and powerful.

Roger Kluck of Seattle, and former AVP/USA President, was doing a workshop at the Tacoma Recovery Cafe when Jimmie,  who was next door , heard that an AVP workshop was underway. Jimmie had to come in share his experience discovering AVP  in a New Jersey SuperMax in 1995. Roger visited with Jimmie and filmed his testimony.



The high cost of taking away prisoners’ Medicaid coverage

Writing at CNNMoney  on April 18, 2018, Lydia DePrillis writes the critical safety net of disability benefits and Medicaid coverage that millions of people lose every year when they are released from prison.

For Lori Stone, getting out of prison has always been a little nerve-racking.

She’s been in and out of jail since she was 18. Every time she’s been released, she’s lost her disability benefits and her Medicaid coverage. That meant she couldn’t afford her rent or her medication for her bipolar disorder until she was able to re-enroll, which could take weeks or months — even if she went to all her appointments on time.

“That would put me into a bad spell of being depressed, and my moods would be bad,” says Stone, 37, over the phone from the Douglas County Jail in Omaha, Nebraska. “And then I would end up doing something stupid like shoplifting to get alcohol. It’s just a vicious cycle.”

That critical gap in safety net programs, which has set Stone up for failure again and again, is a harsh reality for millions of people released from prison every year — and one that counties are now trying to get fixed. . . .

To read the full article, The high cost of taking away prisoners’ Medicaid coverage

Give to Lincoln Day 2018 is May 31

Once again, AVP/Nebraska will be participating in Give to Lincoln Day.  Joining other local nonprofits – this is our one fundraiser of the year for our organization.   AVP/Nebraska is very fortunate that funds raised through Give to Lincoln provides the bulk of our operating budget for the year.

Give to Lincoln Day 2018 is scheduled for Thursday, May 31.

The work done by AVP/Nebraska IS making a difference in the lives of people who participate in our workshops and outreach.

And the work continues.  We are exploring options for additional workshops and outreach. Our core group of facilitators remains faithful and new faces have joined us.

Do consider contributing One Day Only, Thursday – May 31, 2018 to AVP/Nebraska

You may donate online at https://givetolincoln.com/nonprofits/alternatives-to-violence-project anytime from May 1 through – May 31.

Remember to mark your calendars and contribute to AVP/Nebraska on Thursday May 31st. If you have questions reach out to us via the “contact us” page.

Twelve Angry Jurors

“12 Angry Jurors” is the latest production from Southeast Community College’s theater program with the curtain opening Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the Jack. J. Huck Continuing Education Center.

The production is a courtroom drama based on the play “12 Angry Men,” which later became a well-known film in 1957 starring Henry Fonda. Changing the name to “Jurors” allows women and men to fit the roles.

The plot is 12 jurors, all very different, must decide the fate of a 19-year-old man on trial for allegedly stabbing his father to death. The play examines the roles of juries in our society and how a group of strangers must come together to decide the fate of a stranger. The play and its themes transcends all political lines and deals with human nature.

The cast is a combination of 13 community members and SCC students and staff.

“This is contemporary, edgy and affects all of us, especially when it deals with pre-conceived ideas of people,” said Jon Gruett, SCC theater instructor. Gruett also said there will be a panel of legal professionals who will take part in a post-play question-and-answer session with the audience.

The play is part of a class at SCC called “Yes You Can be a Star!” where students not only get to be part of a production, but also be part of the stage crew.

Cost to attend the show is $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Cash and checks only. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m.



At a  recent inside  workshop , these comments were shared attesting to the impact for positive change, that AVP can have in someone’s life.

Something I’ve learned about conflict resolution, violence and its alternatives….

  • “It’s good to know that you have power to find a different way of dealing with problems in a non-violent way.”
  • “You can find yourself in all kinds of situations but you can always find a better outcome if you think first.”
  • “The possibility for violence is always lurking under the surface of every situation….I now have other options at my disposal to help come to positive and constructive outcomes…there’s always an alternative.”
  • “To slow down, re-evaluate the situation, and think about what the outcome is going to be.”

Role Plays. . .

  • “The role playing was the hardest to do, but the most enjoyable.”

Something I’ve learned about myself…..

  • “It won’t kill me to express my feelings to any other human.”


O.J. Simpson and the Impact of AVP


O.J. Simpson Credits Alternatives to Violence Project training to helping him deal with conflict while in Lovelock Correctional Facility

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, after 9 years of incarceration for armed robbery, O.J. Simpson sat in on his Parole hearing. During the hearing he stated the programs and steps he took to rehabilitate saying:

“I took two courses (Basic & Advanced) that I guess you guys don’t give much credit to.  It’s called Alternatives to Violence. It’s the most important course anyone in this prison could take as it teaches you to solve conflict through conversation.”

OJ Simpson is one of thousands of persons who have been incarcerated that have benefited from these trainings.

To see comments from participants in AVP/NE  workshops about the impact of AVP in their lives, see the post category, What I Learned from AVP

Is What You’re Doing An AVP Workshop? The Core Elements of AVP Workshops

After the 2011 AVP International Gathering, the AVP International and AVP USA Education Committees formed a Joint Best Practices Team to continue to explore how AVP is practiced and adapted to cultures and settings around the world, and to sponsor a worldwide discussion on the principles, values and best practices of AVP, AVP workshops and facilitation.

Is What You’re Doing An AVP Workshop? The Core Elements of AVP Workshops is published for the use of AVP facilitators around the world and for others who use elements of AVP or the AVP style in other workshops, formats, or settings.

Other readers are advised that the material in this booklet is based on a particular philosophy and a set of carefully structured group dynamics, without which the material discussed here has no context.

Click on the graphic below to open the document,”Is What You’re Doing An AVP Workshop? The Core Elements of AVP Workshops.”


Wordle of AVP Concepts

Punished Twice: Prisons Basically Ignore ADA, Leaving a Third of Inmates Facing Abuse and Neglect

Prisons across the U.S. routinely flout the Americans with Disabilities Act, subjecting thousands of inmates with physical and mental health problems to painful and sometimes humiliating conditions, according to watchdog groups, inmates, corrections officials, and a former Justice Department official.  To read the full articlePunished Twice

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