Aug. 31: Generosity Sunday

Building Clean Water Projects Fights Diseases

UUFSD Generosity Sunday contributions on August 31 benefit Quaker Bolivia, which will support community-level water projects in Bolivia. Most families in these villages lack access to clean water. This lack of clean water causes health problems such as skin infections and diarrhea, which is one of the leading causes of death for children under five in developing countries.

QBL will fund the materials necessary to build community-wide water systems or family water pumps. QBL also teaches families about hygiene and provides technical expertise and training for community members, who build and maintain the projects and administer the local resources required for project sustainability.

Background
QBL is an international, non-sectarian development organization guided by Quaker principles and dedicated to reducing poverty among the indigenous peoples of Bolivia. Since 1995, we have been working alongside the indigenous Andean people to fund, construct, and monitor community-based projects to secure food sources, promote better health, and generate income.
•    QBL works to raise awareness of Bolivian culture and society.
•    QBL seeks to include men and women equally in the planning and leadership of projects.
•    QBL does not fund projects that have a religious purpose and neither includes nor excludes communities because of their religious beliefs

Generosity Sunday
Learn how UUFSD supports social justice in local and global communities. http://uufsd.org/social-action/generosity-sundays/

Thanks UUFSD for helping at the Food Bank!

John & Judy Sherman & Betsy bagged 866 lbs of pears for distribution for those in need in San Diego – in just 2 hours!

Our group also bagged 3,464 lbs of plumbs!

20140807_194100Anyone over 6 years old can help! Our next volunteer night will be Wednesday Oct. 22. Usually we just put food in boxes on an assembly line – really easy, no lifting, no bending, great camaraderie. 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 at sara@saraohara.com if you’re interested in joining us.

 

 

UUFSD’s Recycling Campaign!

Announcing UUFSD’s Recycling Campaign

Have you noticed the bright blue recycling bins that have popped up at various locations on UUFSD’s grounds? After months of research and planning, the Design Review Committee has brought our waste disposal system up to date. With UUFSD’s goal of ecological sustainability in mind, we ask our members to participate actively in recycling the waste that we produce on our campus.

If EDCO is the waste management company that serves your home, you can recycle at the Fellowship exactly what you recycle at home. For those of you who aren’t familiar with EDCO’s regulations, we are posting signs by the blue bins to guide you. In a nutshell, DO RECYCLE plastic and glass bottles/jars, metal cans, and aluminum foil (all emptied or rinsed of food), and clean paper and cardboard. DON’T RECYCLE paper plates, cups, napkins, paper towels, tissues, cardboard soiled by food, food waste, or plastic bags. KEEPING NON-RECYCLABLE TRASH OUT OF THE BLUE BINS IS AS IMPORTANT AS PUTTING RECYCLABLES INTO THEM. More detailed information is available at EDCO’s website, www.edcodisposal.com.

RE Director Alison Crotty has eagerly agreed to bring the children into our recycling campaign by teaching them what to toss in the blue bins. If you bring children to UUFSD, please guide them until they learn how to separate waste materials correctly.

Thank you, members, for joining our campaign to make UUFSD’s grounds as sustainable and beautiful as possible!

August 10: Backpack Prep Volunteers Needed

Backpack Project

Volunteers are needed at the Fellowship on Sunday, August 10 at 11:15 to assemble the backpacks. Thanks to all of your generous contributions we will have many backpacks to assemble. Please sign up at the backpack collection table in the core area or contact Liz Young thefouryoungs@sbcglobal.net or Livia Walsh livwalsh1@gmail.com.

July 20: Generosity Sunday Recipient

Prison University Project, San Quentin Prison, CA
is the July 2014 Generostiy Sunday Recipient

More information: www.prisonuniversityproject.org

Mission
Provide excellent higher education programs to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison; create a replicable model for such programs; and stimulate public awareness and meaningful dialogue about higher education and criminal justice in California.

Because
Correctional education programs have been shown to save dollars, and greatly decrease recidivism rates, which means they increase public safety. It’s smarter to use education to provide incarcerated individuals the best possible shot at a second chance.

Program
Prison University Project provides college preparatory classes and college credit courses that go towards an AA degree from Patten University. Courses are ongoing: 3 semesters per year, 6 days a week.

Students
Anyone who is classified as “general population” at San Quentin and holds either a GED or high school diploma. Cognitively, culturally, and emotionally diverse inmate students come from all counties in California. In 2013, over 400 students took part. Many more are on the waiting lists.

Training Initiative
Prison University Project will “train teachers on how to identify, accommodate and encourage students with learning differences, so that we can offer these students more support; we will also seek out experts to advise us on the most effective interventions and approaches to ensure each student reaches his potential.”

What is Generosity Sunday?
One of the ways our congregation participates in outreach and social justice work is to designate one Sunday in each month as a Generosity Sunday. On these Sundays, we donate the offering to an organization or project that serves the community or the cause of social justice. generosity@uufsd.org

July 6: Children and Families on the Bus

“CHILDREN & FAMILIES ON THE BUS PROJECT”

The UUFSD Social Action Committee is responding to a call for action, from Border Angels and the interfaith ministries in California, in support of the children and families seeking refuge in the US. UUFSD has been asked to be one of the drop off centers for donations of clothing, toiletries etc.. for the San Dieguito area.

Beginning Sunday, July 6th a designated area in Founders Hall will be set up by the double doors on the EAST side of the Hall. The Hall will be open on Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Our plan will be to collect donations through Sunday July 13th, but we might extend the deadline should conditions require that we do so. During the week, (Monday-Friday) monetary donations can be brought to the office and placed in an envelope marked CHILDREN ON THE BUS PROJECT which will be on the Administrators desk.
Please make checks out to the UUFSD with a memo line: Children on the bus. On Sundays, we will have the donation envelope at the Social Action table in the core area.
List of Items Needed:

  • Baby Wipes
  • Baby Formula
  • Baby Bottles
  • Baby Food (plastic if possible)
  • Diapers in all sizes
  • Anti-bacterial lotion/dispensers
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons
  • Soft toys for small children
  • Playing cards for older children and maybe puzzles
  • Balls for children of various ages
  • Small Towels Small Soaps
  • Juice boxes
  • Sealed snacks

If you have any questions contact Livia Walsh at: livwalsh1@gmail.com or Nancy Harmon at: nwharmon06@yahoo.com

July 13: Sunday Service at Friendship Park (SD/Tijuana Border)

Sunday Service at Friendship Park (SD/Tijuana Border) 

 Sunday, July 13, 1 to 2 pm.

We will be joining the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry (UUJM) of California and UUs from across the State on the San Diego side of the SD/Tijuana border wall (Friendship Park)  for an Interfaith Sunday Service. We will share our compassion and concern for the refugee children and families escaping violence and poverty in their homelands. This is our opportunity to Stand on the Side of Love, and show our care for this important issue. We will car pool from the Fellowship at Noon.

Directions to the  Friendship Park
Take Hwy 5 South, exit at Dairy Mart Road.
Turn right (west), Dairy Mart Road will curve to the right and turn into Monument Road. Keep following this winding road until see an entrance gate and, further ahead, a kiosk. This is the entrance to Border Field State Park. There is a $5 parking fee.

June 15-Aug 10: Backpack Project

Social Action BACKPACK PROJECT

June 15 – August 10, 2014

The Social Action committee conducts a yearly “Back to School Backpack Project” which will be launched on Sunday, June 15. Please bring your donations of backpacks, school supplies, or cash/check to the Core Area on Sundays from June 15th through August 10. Our goal is to collect at least 50 backpacks and fill them with supplies. Backpacks are distributed to the Encinitas Community Resource Center for children in the Battered Women’s Shelter, the Stand-Up For Kids homeless teen program in Oceanside and to the Colonia Carrettas in Tijuana, Mexico. Cash donations will be used to purchase supplies as needed to fill the backpacks.

For further information contact Livia Walsh at livwalsh1@gmail.com or Liz Young at thefouryoungs@sbcglobal.net.

July 3: Food Bank Volunteer Night

July 3: Food Bank Volunteer Night

6:00 – 8:00 PM Last month 8,000 lbs. of cans were sorted and 2,500 lbs. of potatoes were bagged for those locally who need a bit of assistance – in just 2 hours! Join us at the next Food Bank Volunteer night on Thursday July 3  from 6 – 8 PM

Anyone over 6 years old can help! It’s always the 1st Thursday of each month. Usually we just put food in boxes on an assembly line – really easy, no lifting, no bending, great camaraderie. 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 at sara@saraohara.com if you’re interested in joining us.

San Diego Food Bank

June 5: Food Bank Volunteer Night

6:00 – 8:00 PM Last month we bagged 7000 lbs of oranges for those locally who need a bit of assistance – in just 2 hours! Join us at the next Food Bank Volunteer night on

Thursday June 5  from 6 – 8 PM

Anyone over 6 years old can help! It’s always the 1st Thursday of each month. Usually we just put food in boxes on an assembly line – really easy, no lifting, no bending, great camaraderie. 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 at sara@saraohara.com if you’re interested in joining us.

San Diego Food Bank