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Dear Friends,
We ran out of name tags!
Interfaith Service Day was a wonderful success.  Thank you everyone for supporting the day.  Twenty-two youth from Israel and Palestine, plus 125 local volunteers and staff brought our size to over 150 in attendance.  (We ran out of name tags and used green dots to makes sure everyone was counted!)
We completed seven work projects.

1. Save the Sound

Nineteen volunteers joined Save the Sound at Criscuolo park, led by Annalisa Paltauf, of Save the Sound.  They filled 8 bags of trash, removing 397 Cigarette butts, 100 straws, 46 plastic bags, 3 diapers and countless human made garbage from the beach.  Well done!

2. Mosque visit and neighborhood clean up

Nine volunteers filled bags of trash and planted flowers around the neighborhood of Saint Raphael’s hospital and Masjid Al Islam.Volunteers enjoyed lively discussion learning about Islam from assistant Imam Saifhudeen Hasan and Imam Omer Bajwa. Thank you everyone for a great time and good work!

3. Feeding the less fortunate

Ten volunteers made over 200 sandwiches at Christ Church and then handed them out to the homeless in New Haven.  The energy of this group was contagious as they walked around downtown New Haven giving out food.  Thank you Father Steven Holton of Christ Episcopal for leading the team and teaching our volunteers about the Churches daily soup kitchen ministry feeding over 200 people every day.

4. Habitat Build

Eight Volunteers spent the day building affordable houses with Habitat for Humanity on Sylvan Ave. This was a full workday installing subflooring under the kitchens and bathrooms of the houses.  Great job everyone!

5. Cemetery Restoration

A dedicated team of nine volunteers led by Paul Terman, Executive Director of the Hebrew Burial and Free Loan association, raised 30 sunken head stones. This was hard work! Thank you Rabbi Farbman from Temple Emanuel for your support and teaching!

5. Apartment painting with Christian Community Action

A dozen volunteer painted the interior of future affordable apartments in Winchester Avenue.  The crew was lively and joyful as they painted, laughed, and got to know one another across cultural differences.  Thank you Reverend Bonita Grubs for sharing about the work of Christian Community Action, and for supplying the apartments with paint and material for our work day.

5. Painting the Peace Billboard

Under the artistic direction of muralist Russel Rainbolt, many dozens of guests kept streaming by and joining our teams to paint the 50 foot peace mural. .

Our hand painted mural will be posted on  a Connecticut interstate highway today! I'll be sending you photos of the billboard at that location sometime next week.

We enjoyed Fire Engine Pizza Truck!
And Mayor Toni Harp inspired us with her gratitude for our work. Thank you Mayor Harp!
It was a wonderful time!
Special thanks to our site volunteers and the many individuals and groups who made this day possible:
Therese Eke  (My wonderful wife) and Amy Lloyd, who held the tent and coordinated the buses and greeted everyone, and my friend and drummer Wayne Kenyon for providing sound.  Enormous thanks to Carol Macholl who ran logistics, edits mail blasts, keeps track of names and emails, and calms my nerves. Thank you my good friend and artist Russ Rainbolt, for designing the mural and leading the painting team. Thank you to my brother and business partner John Barrett of Barrett Outdoor Communications for allowing us to fund the day and thanks to the Barrett crew, Adam, Josh, Cole, and Robbie. Thank you to our board of advisors, Imam Omer Bajwa, Rabbi Brian Immerman, Father Steven Holton, Reverend Bonita Grubs, and the Reverend Cannon Nicholas Porter, Executive Director for Jerusalem Peacebuilders.  Thank you Saifudeen Hasan for your good work and support. 
Thank you  WPKN Radio Something,   Channel 8  and Channel 12 news, and the  New Haven Independent.  Thank you Mayor Harp, and to the City of New Haven Parks Department, Save the Sound, Habitat For Humanity, Paul Terman of the Hebrew Burial and Free Loan Association, and Andy Hodes for securing access to the cemetery.  Thank you to the members of Masjid Al Islam, Christ Episcopal Church and Soup Kitchen for use of your places of worship.  Thank you Art and Ann Yost (for some unexpected and truly great photographs of the billboard) and thank you Jerusalem Peacebuilders !

Thank you everyone who volunteered and supported our efforts.  Truly, “We Are All In This Together.”
Bruce A. Barrett

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