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DeLand Quakers are very active in our local community, and with Statewide and National Quaker organizations.

Following is a selection of recent and upcoming events.

FAITH (Fighting Against Injustice Towards Harmony)

Nehemiah Action Assembly

March 18, 2024

 6:30 PM

 Our Lady of Hope

  4675 Clyde Morris Blvd 

Port Orange, FL 32129

We are part of FAITH, a coalition of local congregations concerned with social justice issues affecting our members and the community. We encourage our members to attend FAITH’s annual Action Assembly, where public officials are asked to make commitments in front of thousands of their constituents to take certain actions to correct injustices which have been identified in congregational meetings. Our goal is to bring to the Assembly at least as many people as attend our weekly worship.

Historical Plaque
Ribbon Cutting
February 25, 2024
12:30 PM, Intersection of

Woodland Blvd and New York Avenues

DeLand, FL 32720

On February 25, 2024, at 12:30 PM, at the intersection of Woodland Boulevard and New York Avenues, in the center of the City of DeLand, both streets will be temporarily blocked to allow a ribbon cutting ceremony for the placement of a plaque on the wall of a business establishment. That plaque will commemorate an event in DeLand’s Civil Rights history where, on February 9, 1960, a group of students from DeLand’s all-Black Euclid Avenue High School staged a sit-in at a Woolworth’s lunch counter. Refused service there, they went across the street to the McCrory’s lunch counter. They were again refused service. The DeLand Police formed a protective barrier around the students at both locations.
Kathy Hersh, a member of the DeLand Worship Group, worked with The Hon. Joyce Cusack, former member of the Florida House of Representatives, and former member of the Volusia County Council, who was one of those protesting students, to arrange the event. Read more here. For event program, click here.

Kits For The Homeless
February 4, 2024

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Contact us to donate to the next event on February 25, 2024

Tom Neilson Concert
January 27, 2024

1st UU Church of West Volusia
116 S.Clara Ave, Deland

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DeLand Quakers
Book Giveaway
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

January 15, 2024

Earl Brown Park, DeLand

DeLand Quakers gave away over 600 books on Black History by Black Authors at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration.

Book donations are now being accepted for future events. If you are able to donate to our ongoing Book Giveaway, call 386-337-5204 or contact delandquakers@gmail.com, or choose books from the DeLand Quakers' Amazon Wish List at  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2VIHWB6FMADLP?ref_=wl_share

For a description of this event, click here

For Photos, click on Photo Albums above.

Origami Booth
Deland Festival of Arts
November 18, 2023
Woodland Blvd, Deland

This year we added a storytelling and reading activity. Photos show us teaching children and teens to fold origami peace cranes, peace doves and other origami creations. Kids also loved hearing stories. We were located in the youth area on East Indiana Ave. We hope you'll visit our booth again next year!

DeLand Pride Book
Giveaway

October 7, 2023
Woodland Blvd, DeLand

DeLand Pride and DeLand Quakers worked together to collect books on diversity and inclusion. We distributed them on a first-come, first-served basis.

Juneteenth Celebration
Book Giveaway

July 29, 2023
Earl Brown Park, DeLand

We distributed for free nearly 500 books on Black history at DeLand's Juneteenth Celebration (rescheduled because of weather).

Quakers from all over the country sent books for the giveaway. WESH-2 News provided television coverage. To watch it, click below.

George Lakey Book Tour
December 4-6, 2022

“A civil rights legend” – The Guardian

An inspiring leader of nonviolent direct action for social justice, George Lakey offers ideas, hope and a lifetime of hard-won experience. DeLand Quakers sponsored this part of his national book tour.

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DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts
November 19-20, 2022

For the second year, DeLand Quakers provided an Origami folding activity for the children's section at the Fall Festival. 

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