Good Neighbor (Sharing Our Collection Plate)
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.
Each year, through the generosity of UUCB members, friends, and Sunday visitors, more than $20,000 is distributed to these organizations. For more information, or to suggest a new Good Neighbor organization, please contact the Social Justice Council.
November 2019 Good Neighbor
Through their theory of liberation, RYSE Center creates safe spaces grounded in social justice for young people to love, learn, educate, heal and transform lives and communities. Since RYSE opened its doors, it has served over 4,000 students with sanctuary and healing spaces, counseling and peer support rooms, weekly programs in poetry, computer skills, cooking, spoken word, graffiti art, music and dance. RYSE provides a SAFE space for Richmond youth.
October 2019 Good Neighbor
Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) seeks to eradicate homelessness and revitalize the West County Community through case management, enrichment and training opportunities to help stabilize low-moderate income community members. “GRIP uses a unique approach to meet the complex needs of our consumers, by using our Multi-Disciplinary Case Management team. The team consists of a Housing Navigator (identifies and provides the best housing options for our consumers, while eliminating the barriers to attain housing), Families in Transitions Specialists (provides intensive case management for identified homeless youth and their families), Mental Health Professional and Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor.”
September 2019 Good Neighbor
The East Bay Sanctuary Covenant is dedicated to offering sanctuary, solidarity, support, community organizing assistance, advocacy, and legal services to those escaping war, terror, political persecution, intolerance, exploitation, and other expressions of violence. The Covenant’s asylum program, one of the largest in the country with a 97% grant approval rate, continues to successfully provide legal status to individuals fleeing persecution.
August 2019 Good Neighbor
Planting Justice hires people who have been incarcerated and trains them in skills that support fresh produce in neighborhoods that have a history of limited access to fresh food. Your generosity will help Planting Justice empower even more people impacted by mass incarceration with skills and resources to cultivate food sovereignty, economic justice, and healing.
July 2019 Good Neighbor
Operation Dignity‘s mission is to serve homeless and at-risk veterans, their families, and the communities they live in. to meet their immediate and long-term needs by providing emergency, transitional, and permanent housing; comprehensive outreach and support services; and a strong peer community, inclusive of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
June 2019 Good Neighbor
Youth Spirit Artworks uses art and art-based jobs to empower and transform the lives of homeless and low-income youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25. They currently serve 158 youth from Berkeley and the East Bay. Our offerings will help YSA in their work to uses art as a vehicle for self-confidence and paid employment for youth in our wider community.
May 2019 Good Neighbor
YES Nature to Neighborhoods works specifically with the low-income Iron Triangle and North Richmond communities to provide summer camps, community training programs, garden development, cooking classes, health programs and other vital experiences to ignite the imagination, build self-confidence and enhance leadership skills. Our offerings will support YES Nature to Neighborhoods in their work to support families in leading healthy, connected lives, motivating change in their neighborhoods, and inspiring a safe, thriving community.
April 2019 Good Neighbor
Hip Hop 4 Change uses grassroots activism to educate people about socio-economic injustices and advocate for solutions through hip hop culture. Our support will help Hip Hop 4 Change expand their work to creatively reclaim rap in ways that address issues like racism and white supremacy, sexism, bullying, and the environment.
March 2019 Good Neighbor
YEAH! (Youth Engagement Advocacy Housing) supports Young adults who are currently homeless. They provide shelter, food, basic necessities, counseling, individual support, linkages to resources. Our donations will help YEAH in their work to support youth in gaining housing and opportunities for meaningful community involvement.
February 2019 Good Neighbor
Reaching Our Young Ladies (or ROYLs for short) raises community awareness through educational presentations about the harmful effects of Human Trafficking. They work both to help prevent human trafficking and offer a safe and nurturing environment for trafficking victims. Your offering today will go to help ROYLs in renewing victims’ self-esteem and providing skills and resources as they reenter the workforce.