Community Action

Community action at UUFRC occurs in many ways and through many groups.   Examples of community action are:

  • Direct action in the community, such as our tutoring project at Roosevelt Elementary School
  • Speakers and films to educate the congregation on a variety of issues
  • Projects arising from the Children’s Religious Education program, such as the sale of brownies to raise money for causes chosen by our young people.
  • Classes and workshops sponsored by our Adult Religious Education program
  • Activities sponsored by the Interfaith Committee, such as the Peninsula Multifaith Coalition annual Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service and the monthly food sort at the Yaseen Foundation mosque in Belmont which is cosponsored by the Social Action Committee
  • Participation in events and activities sponsored by the Social Action Committee

The best way to be regularly involved in community outreach and social justice is via the Social Action Committee, which meets monthly, and communicates regularly through its own Yahoo Groups email discussion.

See below for  events/activities being organized by or supported in some way by the Social Action Committee. 

To learn more about the Social Action Committee, visit the Committee page on this site, join the UUFRC-SAC YahooGroups email list, pick up one of our brochures, or attend one of our meetings (open to all).  Next meeting of the Social Action Committee will be October 1st.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

September 15, 4:30 pm and October 15, 11:00 am – Handing out “Know Your Rights/Conozca Sus Derechos” at the Redwood City Police Department community outreach events.  Contact Carolyn Chaney at cchaney@sfsu.edu for more information.

October 4, 7 pm in the Sanctuary – Tiffany Easthorn of Nonviolent Peaceforce (http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org) will be sharing information about working with civilians to build peace in times of confli

ONGOING ACTIVITIES:

Support for UUFRC Sanctuary Congregation.  See more at http://www.uufrc.org/groupsministries/social-justice-denomination/

Letterwriting / petition gathering table, usually after the service on the 2nd Sunday of the month.  This happens based on someone stepping up with an idea – we can help with supplies and setup.

We collect food for Second Harvest Food Bank throughout the year, as well as toiletries for Dignity on Wheels and the WeHope Shelter in East Palo Alto.   Dignity on Wheels is a new program which provides laundry services and showers for the homeless from a bus.

This fall (September and October) we are collecting new or clean/good condition second hand children’s clothes for the San Mateo Samaritan House “Kid’s Closet.”.

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SHARE THE PLATE:

  • How it works: Every year, the Social Action Committee solicits nominations for non-profit organizations to which we will give one week’s Sunday collection.  Usually they are local organizations in which one or more UUFRC members is actively involved.   Donations are made about once a month.  If more than 10 organizations are nominated, the Social Action Committee prepares a ballot and there is a vote after the annual meeting to select the winners.

The following organizations were selected in June for FY 2017 – 2018:

(in alphabetical order)
1.  CORA – Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse

2.  Dignity on Wheels

3.  Faithful Fools Street Ministry

4.  Insight-Out

5.  KARA  – Grief Support

6.  Planned Parenthood Mar Monte: Redwood City

7.  Redwood City Education Foundation

8. Roosevelt School Outdoor Education

9.  Sequoia Adult School Scholars

10.  Sequoia High School Dream Club