Good Neighbor (Local Outreach)
Each month we share our offerings from the Sunday worship services with local and national non-profit organizations serving the community, particularly those serving people in need. A different group is selected each month to receive these much needed funds.
Since 2010, through the generosity of UUCB members, friends, and Sunday visitors, over $100,000 has been donated to more than 25 organizations. For more information, or to suggest a new Good Neighbor organization, please contact the Social Justice Council.
Good Neighbor, January 2017
The Berkeley Food Pantry is a non-profit organization providing monthly bags of nutritious and delicious emergency groceries to Berkeley and Albany residents in need. Through the combined efforts of two paid part-time staff, a core of 50 dedicated volunteers, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, community members, local businesses, and the USDA Emergency Food Assistance Program, we are able to provide enough emergency groceries for 3 days or 9 meals to over 2,000 Berkeley and Albany residents monthly.
Good Neighbors, December 2016
Alameda County Community Food Bank has been in business since 1985 … with a vision toward a day when they can go out of business. Through a network of 240 strategically placed member agencies—food pantries, soup kitchens, child-care centers, senior centers, after-school programs and other community-based organizations—as well as their own direct-distribution programs, the Food Bank distributes enough food to provide 540,000 meals weekly.
The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano stores and distributes donated and purchased perishable and nonperishable food items. They distribute food directly to low-income people at community sites and make food available for other nonprofit organizations serving the ill, needy and children. The Food Bank works to reduce food waste, feed hungry people and raise public awareness of issues related to food and hunger.
Good Neighbors, November 2016
Richmond Emergency Food Pantry and Berkeley Food and Housing Project shared our Sunday service donations for the month of November. Both provide crucial services to local people in need, since 1971 and 1970 respectively.
Good Neighbor, October 2016
Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) is an interfaith, multiracial collaboration dedicated to the preservation of human dignity, transforming lives and furthering social justice. It helps individuals and families in need of food, shelter and supportive services.
Good Neighbor, September 2016
Read-Aloud Volunteer Program is a relationship-based program that fosters in children the joy and love of learning through reading and storytelling. An adult volunteer connects to a child over the school year and provides a consistent, respectful encounter with the child each week, reading to and listening to the child.
Good Neighbor, August 2016
UUCB’s partner church —the Unitarian Church in Homorodujfalu, Romania. Our financial support over 25 years has enabled 10–21 students each year to take advantage of further educational opportunities that they otherwise could not afford. Although the economic situation in rural Romania has improved somewhat, families are struggling. The village is ethnically Hungarian and almost all Unitarian, and thus subject to discrimination and reduced economic opportunity in Romania.
Good Neighbor, July 2016
BACLT is the only non-profit in the East Bay developing housing cooperatives which provide home ownership for low-income and moderate-income households. In addition to developing new housing cooperatives, BACLT has training workshops to existing housing cooperatives helping them manage their property effectively. BACLT promotes green building, solar energy and water conservation in housing cooperatives.
Good Neighbor, June 2016
YEAH!’s mission is to support young people ages 18-25 who are currently homeless. With the partnership of concerned community members, YEAH! provides shelter, case management and support services. Our programs co-create community with young people to help them achieve the stability, wellness, and personal goals they desire for their lives.
Good Neighbor, May 2016
The Impact Fund
Funding & Fighting For Economic, Environmental & Social Justice
The mission of the Impact Fund is to provide grants, advocacy and education to
support impact litigation on behalf of marginalized communities
seeking economic, environmental and social justice.
Good Neighbor, April 2016
YES Nature to Neighborhoods (formerly Youth Enrichment Strategies) provides youth, adults and families living in Richmond and surrounding West Contra Costa County access to experiences in the natural environment – opportunities that can ignite the imagination, build self-confidence and enhance leadership skills. Educators, parents, and camp counselors observe that early exposure to an array of enriching experiences create a child’s sense of possibilities and provide the foundation for success.