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.
July 2017 Good Neighbor
Bay Area Community Land Trust. A non-profit organization to support community ownership of land and community improvements — with a vision of permanently affordable, resident-owned cooperative housing communities to benefit workers, families, students, seniors, disabled, low and middle income folks from diverse backgrounds, now and forever.
June 2017 Good Neighbor
Developing Indigenous Resources is a small NGO testing an innovative approach to development in selected slums in Punjab, India. When a permanent solution has been brought to any serious, chronic problem, it is almost invariably brought by the people who have the problem. We facilitate the people in developing countries solving their own problems, thereby enabling them to bring about their own form of national development.
May 2017 Good Neighbor
Planting Justice. “We are transforming the food system one garden at a time. In the last 6 years, our team of formerly incarcerated landscapers has built over 400 edible gardens throughout the East Bay, empowering hundreds of people to grow their own food. Now, we’re cultivating urban farms and training centers that will dramatically increase the scope and scale of this work.”
April 2017 Good Neighbor
YEAH! (Youth Engagement, Advocacy and Housing). Our mission is to support young adults (18-24) in Berkeley who are currently homeless. We provide basic necessities, offer case management and counseling, linkages to education, employment and housing, and opportunities for meaningful community involvement.
March 2017 Good Neighbor
Since 2001, WriterCoach Connection (writercoachconnection.org) has sent teams of trained community volunteers into secondary school English classrooms in Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito and Richmond to work one on one with students on their writing assignments. The program helps students:
- Raise writing proficiency
- Develop critical thinking
- Build academic confidence
February 2017 Good Neighbor
Alameda County Community Food Bank. On behalf of the entire Alameda County Community Food Bank community—especially the 311,000 of our neighbors who need and use their services—we are recommitted to help fight for what we believe: Food is a basic human right.
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.