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.
October 2021 Good Neighbor
GRIP is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic coalition of congregations from varied faiths working together as a diverse and inclusive coalition dedicated to helping those of the community in need to transition to self-sufficiency. Their mission statement: “Responding to the Call to Service, GRIP transforms the lives of homeless, hungry and disenfranchised people.”
September 2021 Good Neighbor
UUCB’s Frederick Shaw, a Doctor of Public Health, founded a health project in a large slum in India in 2004 which has made enormous progress in reducing deaths from preventable diseases, infant mortality, childhood malnutrition, etc., by training local staff to teach other residents, especially mothers, how to prevent and treat various common health problems. During the pandemic DIR is providing nourishing food to the most destitute families. When Covid-19 ends, a similar project will be activated in another nearby slum.
August 2021 Good Neighbor
START is a Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) support program designed to increase access, retention, and graduation rates for current or former foster youth at DVC. Their goal is to provide a warm and welcoming environment, create a support network, and empower foster youth students to make progress towards self-sufficiency, professional success, and community leadership.
July 2021 Good Neighbor
The mission of Lavender Seniors of the East Bay is to improve the lives of older lesbian, gay, transgender and queer residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. They do this through direct services, outreach, advocacy and education. A critical aspect of this work is insuring that LGBTQ elders are well prepared emotionally, physically, legally and socially in their later years.
June 2021 Good Neighbor
To provide comfort and strength to families impacted by gun violence in Richmond and the surrounding areas. And to facilitate a pathway to wellness by providing comfort, navigation of services for victims of violence, and often funds for the burial.
May 2021 Good Neighbor
The mission of the Berkeley Food Pantry is to provide families, especially those with children, with adequate sustenance and nutrition at times when bills for food, rent, health care and other items overwhelm them.
April 2021 Good Neighbor
BORP works to improve the health, independence and social integration of people with physical disabilities through sports, fitness and recreation programs. At BORP, we believe that sports and recreation provide a path to greater achievement to which all people should have access, and we continually strive to make this a reality.
March 2021 Good Neighbor
Read-Aloud Volunteer Program is a relationship-based program that fosters in children the joy and love of learning through reading and story-telling. Our goal is to build a structure of volunteers to support and improve reading outcomes for children in under-resourced communities in Richmond, CA and surrounding areas.
February 2021 Good Neighbor
Collaborising‘s mission is to explore humanity through social and cultural exchange by primarily focusing on race equity work and also a community gardening project on the Richmond Greenway
January 2021 Good Neighbor
Piecing together youth voices, textile art, and community in a 21st Century Sewing Circle.
The Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a youth education program that bridges artistic expression with activism to advocate for social justice. SJSA empowers young people to use sewing to express themselves and create opportunities for growth and change.