Social Justice at UUFSD
Unitarian Universalism aspires to make our world a better place for all living things. We view ourselves as part of an interconnected web of existence, and understand that actions that we take can reverberate well beyond the confines of our immediate community.
To meet our responsibilities, we engage in projects that assist those in immediate need, empower those who require new skills and resources to take control of their lives, and preserve the ecological balance of our planet.
We recognize that the call to end white supremacy is more urgent and compelling than ever. We organize racial justice book clubs and film clubs to continue our self-education. New participants are welcomed. For more information please click here, or contact Julia Darling at email@example.com.
Community Resource Center Food Pantry
Every Thursday from 10 am until 12:30 pm, we help CRC clients “shop” for food and household items from the client center’s pantry shelves. To sign up or for more information, visit our Sign Up Genius page at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054fa8a823ab9-volunteering or contact Betsy Gilpin at CRC@uufsd.org. No experience necessary!
San Diego Food Bank
On the 1st Thursday of each month we volunteer at the San Diego Food Bank in the Miramar area, just 20 minutes from UUFSD! It’s always from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Anyone over 7 years old can help! We mostly put food in boxes on an assembly line. It’s really easy and requires 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! For more information contact Sara Ohara at sara@SaraOhara.com
Climate Action Task Force
Climate Action is a task force of the Social Justice Action Committee. It facilitates consciousness-raising about climate change and green initiatives at UUFSD and actions in the community. There are 5 areas of particular interest:
- water conservation
- energy production & use
- socially responsible investing
- transportation & community planning
- food/consumables & waste
Contact: Sarah Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gun Violence Prevention
The Fellowship has a strong commitment to Gun Violence Prevention (GVP). In 2014 UUFSD approved the following Action of Immediate Witness as a statement of action and support for Gun Violence Prevention by this fellowship. At the 2014 General Assembly (GA), delegates adopted this Action of Immediate Witness which you can find here. This resolution is the foundation for our action.
Currently the Fellowship has no Task Force to help focus our efforts. If you are interested in reviving the GVP Task Force, please contact the minister email@example.com or the board president firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the past five years we have planned and led many events that support GVP initiatives. A centerpiece of these is a December Candlelight Vigil in conjunction with Faiths United, the Brady Campaign, and the Newtown Foundation. We hope to maintain these organizations as our partners: the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, The Newtown Action Alliance, and Everytown for Gun Safety.
Casas de Luz
Cases de Luz brings volunteers together with families in need to build houses and community centers in Mexico. The families selected for a home build have the rights to the land, a minimum of three children, and a weekly income of less than $100. The cost of the materials for these homes is paid for through fundraisers and UUFSD offerings in Sunday services. Volunteer builders from ages 11 to 80 arrive in Mexico early on Saturday to help construct these pre-planned homes, with the help of a few skilled workers from both sides of the border. The Casas de Luz program provides ongoing support for these families in the form of education for the children and additional donations of food, clothing, and special needs items, such as a wheelchair. The program incorporates UUFSD initiatives, such as recycling of materials (windows, appliances, doors); donations of used items that can be put to good use rather than filling up our land fills. For more information contact Kathy Faller at email@example.com
On a monthly basis, our Dignity Supplies group provides toiletries, socks, and other items to homeless persons. The distribution takes place at the Encinitas CRC facility, between 10:00 am and noon. Contact DignitySupplies@uufsd.org.
Each fall/winter, we participate at the Interfaith Rotational Shelter Project held at St. James Catholic Church in Solana Beach. Participants are homeless and in a case management program through the Community Resource Center in Encinitas. If you are interested in participating please contact Irving Himelblau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quarterly our Fellowship provides a dinner meal to our homeless brothers and sisters at the Cottonwood Creek Park, Encinitas, CA. Watch for announcements each quarter to sign up for food items (for 15 people) – main course, salad, side dish or dessert (fruit and granola bars suggested). Please contact Irving Himelblau at email@example.com with questions.
UUFSD Women of the World conducts a yearly “Giving Tree Project.” The purpose of this project is to provide winter survival items for at least 15 homeless persons. The backpacks are distributed during the Christmas Holiday season. Contact WomenoftheWorld@uufsd.org
We support mental health and fight the stigma of mental illness with awareness, education and opportunities to share coping and caring strategies. For additional information, contact MentalHealth@uufsd.org.
5th Principal Project
(previously called Indivisible Patriots)
UU 5th Principle: The Right of Conscience and the Use of the Democratic Process Within Our Congregations and in Society at Large
The 5th Principle Project invites you to personally live the UU 5th Principle and participate in our democracy! The Project sponsors the “Monthly Call to Action” and postcarding to elected officials events. It also organizes other periodic happenings such as voter registration training, voter pledge drives and voter education events. The Project motto is “Democracy is not a spectator sport!” For more information, contact Karen Reimus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back To School Backpack Project
This is a yearly project. Backpacks and donations of school supplies are collected from July through August. Our goal is to collect at least 100 backpacks and fill them with supplies. The backpacks are distributed to several nonprofit agencies including our sister organizations in the Colonias of Tijuana. Contact email@example.com
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