• Peer Mediation Launch

    Peer mediation kicked off at Claremont Academy on Thursday, October 19 with some fun roleplay activities and a Q&A with our peer mediators!

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  • Peacemaking in Perilous Times

    The Center's event called Peacemaking in Perilous Times held on Friday, September 15 was a success. Here's a photo of our beautiful staff at the reception at First Unitarian Church.

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  • Straight Ahead Training

    The Center held its first staff training in Conflict Transformation and Mediation with Straight Ahead Ministries

    May 30 - June 20, 2017

    Worcester, MA 

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  • Civil Rights Readings

    Join the Center for Nonviolent solutions for "We Grow Into Courage."

    Wednesday, April 12, 5:30-7:00 pm

    Saxe Room - Worcester Public Library

    3 Salem Square, Worcester

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  • Solidarity Rally

    The Center for Nonviolent Solutions helped to support Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Worcester on January 31st.

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  • Worcester First Night

    On New Year's Eve, eight Worcester leaders reflected on strategies for building peace in 2017 at Community Voices of Peace, a First Night program held at the First Unitarian...

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We're hiring!

CNVS is looking for a part-time Administrative Assistant. The candidate will be responsible for maintaining an organized and efficient office environment for a small nonprofit office. The candidate will report to the Executive Director.

Rate and Hours: 10-15 hours per week at $ 20.00 an hour

Office Manager responsibilities will include:

  • Checking office email regularly and responding or redirecting messages promptly
  • Answering the telephone (not high volume), checking voicemail and responding or redirecting messages
  • Opening and distributing the mail
  • Providing program and referral information to the public
  • Recording and entering member and donor information in a database
  • Maintaining a Quickbooks database
  • Using Quickbooks, entering receipts, payments, preparing checks, and performing related accounting duties
  • Receiving, reviewing, paying, and filing reimbursement requests
  • Maintaining and organizing the Center’s electronic and hardcopy files
  • Maintaining stock of basic office supplies
  • In collaboration with staff and volunteers, performing basic program outreach and communication (through mailed letters, flyers, social media, website, email newsletters)
  • Assisting with staffing fundraising events, helping with annual appeal mailings, etc.
  • Generating and mailing “thank you” letters
  • Designing brochures, flyers, event posters, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have demonstrated, adept experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must have strong organizational skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have clerical skills (data entry, filing, scheduling)
  • Must be reliable with a strong work ethic and ability to work independently with self-initiative
  • Experience with creating/using social media
  • Must have working knowledge and understanding of Quickbooks and basic accounting principles

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of Worcester and commitment to the Center’s mission
  • Experience working in a small nonprofit environment
  • Computer technical expertise and troubleshooting ability a plus
  • Familiarity using MS Publisher a plus

To apply, please mail or email resume and cover letter:
Center for Nonviolent Solutions
901 Pleasant Street
Worcester, MA 01602

Please write “Office Manager job application” in email subject line.

No phone calls please.

Please apply by December 31, 2017. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

The Center for Nonviolent Solutions is committed to building a culture of peace in Worcester and beyond. If you are skilled, enthusiastic, and work well with people and alone, we hope you’ll apply! The Center for Nonviolent Solutions is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. 

Don't Hate! Peer Mediate!


CNVS Education Coordinator Claire Schaeffer-Duffy speaks on the joys and challenges of running a high school peer mediation. Come learn how kids can play an important role in creating a culture of peace within their school. Discussion to follow. Lots of good resources available on how to start your own peer mediation program.  

Thursday, November 30th

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Sahara Restaurant
143 Highland Street, Worcester, MA 01609

Bring a friend. Appetizers are on us.

Background: Ms. Schaeffer-Duffy, Dan Margolis, and Matt Shorten are in year two of co-facilitating a peer mediation program at Claremont Academy. Using a sequential process, high school students help "battling" middle schoolers find a nonviolent resolution to their conflict. Claremont now has two cohorts of trained peer mediators. In addition to negotiating mediations, these mediators will soon be facilitating school advisories. Claremont's story, a tale of challenges as well as successes, represents one small effort to build a culture of peace within a school using its greatest resource - the students themselves.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1781323392160354/

CNVS Statement on U.S. Mass Shootings

As board members and staff at the Center for Nonviolent Solutions, we abhor the mass shootings that have now plagued our country for two decades. 

We have a violence problem in the United States and it is exacerbated by guns.

Even a partial list of recent American mass shootings is staggering: Columbine High School, Amish School in Lancaster County, Knoxville UU Church, Charleston EAME Church, Aurora theater, Orlando nightclub, Sandy Hook School, Las Vegas concert and Sutherland Springs Church.

But while mass shooting grab the headlines, most gun violence occurs in our cities daily. And we have become immune to it.  We are only shocked and moved to action when the violence escapes the cities and enters the suburbs and rural America. In Chicago, there were 58 gun deaths in only 28 days. That is the number of people killed in Las Vegas in October.  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/06/us/las-vegas-gun-deaths.html 

The correlation between gun ownership and violent deaths in the United States could not be clearer. We have many times more guns in private hands, and many times more gun deaths, than any other country. 

According to a recent analysis by the New York Times (November 7, 2017), in 2013, gun violence from suicides, homicides and accidents resulted in nearly 32,888 deaths. That same year, Japan, with 1/3 of America’s population, had 13 gun deaths. An American is 300 times more likely than a Japanese person to die by gunshot.

The National Rifle Association, as its name implies, began as a hunters’ organization, but when hunting declined, and more and more Americans became city-dwelling non-hunters, the NRA changed its emphasis to convince home owners to buy handguns for self-defense. However, handguns make homes far less safe. With a gun in the home a family member is 22 times more likely to be shot than an intruder. 

Our lawmakers have responded to pressures from the NRA and failed to make improvements in our gun laws. Our lawmakers will respond to public pressure when enough of us speak out. We can write letters and make phone calls to urge our congressmen and women and our senators to support building a culture of peace and more restrictions on gun ownership. 

We can join and support organization and initiatives such as:

Assault Weapons Ban of 2017 recently introduced by Senator Diane Feinstein.  https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/11/senators-introduce-assault-weapons-ban

Goods for Guns program in Worcester, and its National Gun Buyback Day on December 16  https://www.gunbuybacks.org

The Brady Campaign  https://www.bradycampaign.org/

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America   https://momsdemandaction.org/

Everytown for Gun Safety  https://everytown.org/contact-us/

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence  https://www.csgv.org/

Americans for Responsible Solutions  https://giffords.org/

Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence   http://lawcenter.giffords.org/

Center for Nonviolent Solutions in promoting a culture of peace and finding alternatives to violence https://www.nonviolentsolutions.org/

Together we can promote a culture of peace and make our nation a less angry, less violent, more peaceful country.

We appreciate YOU!

THANK YOU for the financial support from many individuals, foundations, businesses, municipal and state funders who make this work possible!

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