Watch Coming of Age Youth Build a House in MX!

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UUFSD’s Coming of Age youth build a 320 sf wood frame home for the Martinez family in Tijuana Mexico! Upon arrival Saturday morning there was a concrete slab foundation and a stack of lumber, by Sunday noon the home was finished. The inside has two bedrooms and a main kitchen/living room. The windows and door were repurposed from homes in San Diego. The youth learned to do all of the building including the electrical wiring. It made a big impression seeing the single room garage door shack that the family had been living in to their new brightly painted new home. GREAT Job All!

Coming of Agers: Jie Jie Bouchekara, Elisa Boutelle, Charlotte Cunningham, Eva Douwes, Keaton Elvins, Lily Franzwa, Alex Giolitto, Guthry Hahm, Carly Hanson, Kendra Kleber, Carolyn, Knapp, Ian Linn, Finn Mallery, Ricky Masser-Frye, Madeleine Masser-Frye, Kate Milmoe, Zoe Sandberg-Smith, Logan Schlick, Paul Steitz

Young Adults: Darren, Kaitlyn, Caitlyn, Marie, Erilyn

“PEACE FRIEND” A Social Action/Kids for Peace Project

“PEACE FRIEND”
A Social Action/Kids for Peace Project

Kids for Peace ( a Social Action Committee partner organization) is starting a library for children in the rural Migori region of Kenya. Representatives from Kids for Peace will travel to Kenya with paperback or soft cover, new or gently used books for 175 students, (pre-school through 3rd grade) ages 4 to 8.

Collections on May 17 and May 24 in the core area between and after services.

Contact Irving Himelblau for more information: socialaction@uufsd.org

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Annual SAC Backpack Project

Annual SAC Backpack Project

Sundays, June 7th – August 9th

38468X-2Our goal to provide 60 backpacks filled with supplies for children and teenagers in need at the Community Resource Center in Encinitas for the children in the Battered Women’s Shelter, Stand-Up for Kids a homeless teen program in Oceanside, and Colonia Carrettas in Tijuana Mexico.

Your $20 donation will provide supplies for a backpack – $25 donation will provide one backpack$45 donation will provide one filled backpack. Bring your donations of new and gently used backpacks, school supplies, cash/check or gift cards to the core area on Sundays, June 7th – August 9th.

Types of Supplies: pens, pencils, note pads, crayons, markers, rulers, calculators, paper clips, scissors, etc. For Homeless Male and Female Teens: toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, combs, brushes, make-up, shampoo, soap or body wash, and deodorants.
For more information contact: Livia Walsh at livwalsh1@gmail.com or Liz Young at thefouryoungs@sbcglobal.net

May 7: Food Bank Volunteer Night

Food Bank Volunteer Night – Thursday May 7

Join us at the San Diego Food Bank in the Miramar area; just 20 minutes from UUFSD! It’s always from 6:00 – 8:00 PManyone over 7 years old can help! Mostly we just put food in boxes on an assembly line or bag fresh produce – really easy, no lifting, no bending, great camaraderie.

Last month our team bagged 8,724 lbs. of oranges to give to 2,390 people – in just 2 hours! We can’t solve the world problems but we can make a difference right here, right now, one small effort at a time.

This is a wonderful way of helping locally those in need and strengthening our UUFSD community as well. The San Diego Food Bank distributes over 20 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout San Diego county. They need our help!

Email Sara Ohara TO REGISTER and for more information: sara@saraohara.com

April 19: Sustainable Potluck Dinner & Presentation

Please join us! Sunday evening April 19

Potluck – UUFSD Founders Hall
5:30 – 6:30 PM

We’ll enjoy some good food in community & have time to share a few words about the dish we brought and how it contributes to our health & the health of the planet.

 Presentation – Earth-Friendly Eating for Personal & Planetary Health
6:30 – 7:30 PM

Vicky Newman, MS, RDN
Clinical Professor, Voluntary
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health
UC San Diego School of Medicine

To learn more, stop by our patio table after services and pick up information or download it HERE on how to design a dinner that’s good for you and better for the planet. You can also read more about sustainable diets on Vicky’s Blog. Then cook up a dish and bring it to share with other like-minded folks.

For more information:
Contact Vicky Newman vickymindful@gmail.com or Louise Garrett lovenlou@gmail.com

View a Flyer to print and share HERE

Sustainable Pot-luck

April 2: Food Bank Volunteer Night

Food Bank Volunteer Night – Thursday April 2

Join us at the San Diego Food Bank in the Miramar area; just 20 minutes from UUFSD! It’s always from 6:00 – 8:00 PManyone over 7 years old can help! Mostly we just put food in boxes on an assembly line or bag fresh produce – really easy, no lifting, no bending, great camaraderie.

Last month our team packed 16,200 lbs of food which equates to feeding 540 Seniors who need a bit extra each month – in just 2 hours! Each box contained a bag of beans, a box of pasta, a can of tomato sauce, a can of chicken and tuna, a bottle of juice and a box of cereal….If you let this sink in it’s hard to believe this sort of small portions is so needed by so many who live in our neighborhoods here in San Diego….we can’t solve the world problems but we can make a difference right here, right now, one small effort at a time.

This is a wonderful way of helping locally those in need and strengthening our UUFSD community as well. The San Diego Food Bank distributes over 20 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout San Diego county. They need our help!

Email Sara Ohara TO REGISTER and for more information: sara@saraohara.com

UUFSD Joins Commit2Respond!

Climate Action & Environmental Justice at UUFSD

In 2015, UUs everywhere are being asked to be a part of Commit2Respond, which will be the focus of the Standing on the Side of Love campaign. Commit2Respond was inspired in large part by the success of Thirty Days of Love, and the question: What if we can bring together the UUSC, UUA, and UUs all over the country and our partners to work on one justice issue? Climate justice is already affecting marginalized people all over the globe, and with the Commit2Respond initiative we will stand on the side of love with all those affected. We invite you to embrace this new program with open arms as it, too, has the potential to change hearts.

The campaign will begin on March 22, World Water Day, and extend until April 22, Earth Day.

The UUFSD CAEJ Task Force is planning on hosting a series of talks and events leading up to and through the 30 days of Commit2Respond. These events are designed to inform, engage and educate the Fellowship and the larger community about the nature of the challenge that confronts us, and actions we can take to address them.

View our new Green Reading List containing book reviews, links to blogs and climate-related books and novels. The CAEJ Task Force is working with the Dream Builder’s Task Force to assure that our capital improvements will be sustainably designed and use best practices for energy and water conservation. We are also investigating whether UUFSD should participate in UUA’s Green Sanctuary program.

Climate change is a moral and ethical issue, not simply a scientific fact. Indeed, it is the moral issue of our times. What we do – or don’t do – in this generation, will shape the future for thousands of years to come. Humanity – for good or ill – has become a force of nature, fully equivalent to natural cycles. How we respond to this new status will determine what kind of world we bequeath our children and the generations that follow.

If you’re interested in joining the Task Force, contact Scott Thatcher or John Atcheson.

Repurposing with a Purpose

Casas de Luz is an ongoing UUFSD Social Action program, that brings volunteers together with families in need to build houses in Mexico.

Repurposing Donations
Just about every week, Casas de Luz brings donations to families around Tijuana, Mexico.  We get these “in-kind” donations from people all over San Diego, and in some cases, outside of San Diego.

Ktahybigdonationsload-300x225If you are about to throw something away that could be used by someone else and live in the San Diego area, contact us today!  We will make good use out of it, saving the environment by keeping it out of the landfill and helping a family in need.  We call this “Repurposing with a Purpose”, as we are giving (“Repurposing”) unused items to people who will use them much more while keeping the items out of the landfill (“with a Purpose”). Read more HERE

March 5: Volunteer at the Food Bank!

Food Bank Volunteer Night – March 5

Join us at the San Diego Food Bank in the Miramar area; just 20 minutes from UUFSD! It’s always from 6:00 – 8:00 PManyone over 7 years old can help! Mostly we just put food in boxes on an assembly line or bag fresh produce – really easy, no lifting, no bending, great camaraderie.

Last month we our team  prepared 606 Friday Take-Home bags for needy families and sorted through 2500 lbs of donated food. Each Take-Home bag contained a bag of beans, a box of pasta, a can of tomato sauce and a can of chicken….If you let this sink in it’s hard to believe this sort of small portions is so needed by so many who live in our neighborhoods here in San Diego….we can’t solve the world problems but we can make a difference right here, right now, one small effort at a time.

This is a wonderful way of helping locally those in need and strengthening our UUFSD community as well. The San Diego Food Bank distributes over 20 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout San Diego county. They need our help!

Email Sara Ohara for more information: sara@saraohara.com

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