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August 2013 Generostiy Sunday Recipient Report

The Social Action Committee will launch our Day Laborer Lunch Program in October, 2013, on the first Saturday of each month:  October 5, November 2 and December 7, 2013. Dates for 2014 will be announced at a later time. Lunch preparation and distribution will be from 8:30-approx 10:00a.m. We encourage members and those families with children to help in the preparation of approximately fifty lunches and in their distribution, which will be at two or three sites in Encinitas. We will have “Standing on the Side of Love T Shirts” for all participants to wear as we interact with the day laborers at designated areas. While the ability to speak Spanish is not necessary to participate in the project we do encourage those who speak Spanish to join us. For additional information on this project please contact (and cc ) Liv Walsh at: livwalsh1@gmail.com and Nancy Harmon at: nwharmon06@yahoo.com

Generosity Sunday Recipient: A Reason To Survive (ARTS)

Since 2001, A Reason To Survive (ARTS) has used all art forms as a vehicle to create positive, long-lasting change for over 50,000 youth facing – homelessness, domestic violence, terminal or chronic illness, foster care, mental, emotional and behavioral challenges, incarceration, bereavement or separation from parents in the military.

UUFSD’s contribution will help support HEAL, a therapeutic arts program for youth ages 3-18, who are facing immediate crisis. The goal of the program is to heal and strengthen youth to endure and positively overcome life crisis. Using a non-clinical approach, ARTS uses visual arts, media arts, music and performing arts to create an environment of safety and belonging, while increasing youths’ sense of hope. Youth receive arts instruction from trained artistic professionals, as they engage in a reflective process designed to help them forget their hardships. Youth also have opportunities to experience artwork and live performances through community fieldtrips. Youth meet weekly, for a minimum of 1 hour, at the ARTS Center in National City and at targeted group homes and shelters.

The Heal Program lays the foundation for youth to be exposed to the arts and acts as a pipeline for our more in-depth programs, Inspire and Empower.

ARTS’ sequential program is model based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and provides short, intermediate, and long-term opportunities in the arts: Its three core programs are: Heal (therapeutic arts programming for those facing crisis), Inspire (formal arts education for youth moving through crisis) and Empower (college and career readiness).

ARTS is the only non-clinical visual, performing, media arts and music program in San Diego. The ARTS Center located in National City, hosts 20,000 square feet of creative space and is home to our Van Go! Transportation program.

June Generosity Sunday to Fund Permanent Water Supply for 3 Families

In the Bolivian village of Janko Saya, the Quaker Bolivia Link (QBL) is installing a wind pump and piping that will bring safe water to every house in the community. UUFSD is helping. A $550 Generosity Sunday offering on June 2 can pay for three of the families to be connected to the system.

According to QBL’s Ken Barratt, UUFSD generosity translates to a permanent drinking water supply for three families in one of the poorest rural communities in Bolivia. Visit www.qbl.org to learn more.

UUFSD’s Generosity Sundays are one of the ways our congregation participates in outreach and social justice work. Once a month we donate the proceeds of the offering to an agency or project that serves the community or the cause of social justice.

They’ve been taking groups to Bolivia each year since ’95 to see the projects and meet the people and get to visit a dramatically beautiful country. Contact Ken if you would like more information about going with them or assisting in some way.

Quaker Bolivia Link

A Quaker Response to Poverty

News from the Generosity Sunday Working Group

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.

A Generosity Sunday Working Group has been formed representing both the Social Action Committee and the Worship Committee. Our goal is to serve a variety of needs and organizations.

The Generosity Sunday Working Group knows there are many non-profit organizations near and dear to congregation members. We are launching a formal beneficiary selection process and reaching out to let you know so that UUFSD members, Committees or staff may encourage their favorite organizations to apply.

Beneficiary consideration begins with the submission of a request.
Downloadable request forms are available here.
The request form serves the following purposes:
1. Confirms an organization’s 501 (c) (3) status.
2. Provides an overview of the organization’s mission, financial status and intended use of funds.
3. Provides a point of contact.
4. Provides information for use in UUFSD communications related to Generosity Sunday beneficiaries.

Completed request forms/applications can be emailed to the Work Group at: generosity@uufsd.org, or mailed to UUFSD Generosity Sunday, P.O. Box 201 , Solana Beach , CA 92075

Jun 3: “My Library” in Luang Prabang, Laos

The June Generosity Sunday offering will be donated to My Library. This non-governmental, non-profit organization is located in Laos, a small country landlocked between Thailand, Vietnam, and China. My Library enables highly motivated Hmong and other Laotian youth to enhance their school studies, learn English and Japanese, use computers, borrow cameras, and display their photographs.

Founded in 1999 by American Carol Kresge, The Language Project began setting up small reading libraries for the novices and monks in Luang Prabang temples. Since 2003, this study and resource centre has been operating in town and in outlying provinces and is open and free to all. For more info, see TheLanguageProject.org.

Laos is one of the poorest countries in the world and is rebuilding after neglect during the French colonial era and major devastation caused by the US-led Secret War in Laos in the 1960s and 1970s. Projects like My Library makes available books, tapes, and computers with CD Rom that are not readily available in Laos. My Library thanks you for your support.

Jan 15: Southern California UU Justice Team

On January 15h, 2012, $2194 was raised and given in support of the Southern California Unitarian Universalist Justice Team! This organization brings together Unitarian Universalist vision, resources, and leadership from across southern California for education, witness, and action on the social justice issues of our time. Their current project is to prepare congregations for a strong presence at the upcoming Justice GA, and to create a model for effective social justice work by employing regional community ministers.

Dec 25: Homes for Hope

$1390 was raised on Sunday the 25th of December for the December Generosity Sunday. The mission of Homes for Hope (H4H) is to work within the building industry forming partnerships with builders and their trade partners to create H4H income generating projects to provide financial resource to help support HOPE International and like-minded organizations which work to alleviate physical and spiritual poverty in the lives of families and individuals in developing countries throughout the world.

Nov 27: Interfaith Shelter Network

This Generosity Sunday of 27 November raised $970.00 dollars for the Interfaith Shelter Network. The Interfaith Shelter Network is a collaborative effort by local congregations, human services agencies and government entities to provide shelter, services, and resources to homeless San Diegans throughout the region.

They represent the work of more than 100 San Diego County congregations and 3,500+ volunteers who link to offer hands up to people seeking an end to their homelessness. In our El Nido program, virtually all our families leave for their own permanent affordable housing, and the majority of mothers leave with increased income and additional career related skills.

Their Vision is to eliminate homelessness in the urban communities of San Diego County through a cooperative partnership with faith-based communities, related government programs, and social service agencies.

El Nido is where our contribution was sent.

El Nido (“the nest” in Spanish) is our transitional living program for homeless victims of domestic violence and their families.  Located in central San Diego, in a confidential site for safety reasons, the project offers stability in housing while allowing the residents to offer emotional support to each other and less isolation during this stressful time in their lives.  It also is respectful of residents’ autonomy and provides as close to a real-life scenario as possible.

Residents live in an 11-unit apartment complex for up to a year or more and, with the assistance of social workers, obtain the counseling, child care, employment, educational, and transportation services they need to become self-sufficient. Each of the  units was beautifully furnished by a local congregation.

http://www.interfaithshelter.org/el_nido.htm

Oct 2: Association Sunday

UUFSD donated $1,215.00. Donations to Association Sunday 2011 will support scholarships, continuing education, and a comprehensive assessment of our ministries and their needs for the future. Grants from Association Sunday 2011 funds will help religious professionals get ongoing training to support thriving congregations. The UUA is grateful to the UUMA, UUMN, and LREDA for their support of Association Sunday. See the following URL: http://www.uua.org/giving/sunday/index.shtml

Sep 25: Doctors Without Borders

We donated $1,185.00 to doctors Without Borders. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF also reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols. Contact: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org