Each month the Church supports a Justice Partner (formerly called “Cause of the month”) by donating one offering per month of non-pledge donations at the Sunday services. Each year in February the UUCPA Action Council reviews the current program, considers current and new causes nominated by members, evaluates them and then presents a slate of organizations to the congregation for approval at the Annual Meeting in April.
Factors that are given priority in creating the slate of organizations are:
  • UUCPA congregants actively involved with the group;
  • A Preference for local groups;
  • Who they serve and what they do;
  • What is their funding base and will our donation have an impact;
  • A balance of causes among different issues, such as poverty, environment, etc.
If you have any questions or feedback on Justice Partners, please talk to one of the members of the Action Council.

Recent News

Current and Upcoming Justice Partners

May 2019 – Justice Partner - Outlet

The Justice Partner for May is Outlet, a program of Adolescent Counseling Service (ACS).

Outlet is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQQ) Youth organization based in Mountain View. As the Peninsula’s only comprehensive LGBTQQ youth organization, it provides services to youth and adults who work with youth, including bilingual Spanish services. Website: http://www.acs-teens.org/what-we-do/outlet/

June 2019 – Justice Partner - California Interfaith Power and Light

The Justice Partner for June is CIPL – California Interfaith Power and Light

CIPL serves congregations and institutions of many faiths that are committed to working together to protect our common home, the Earth.  They provide guides and educational programs for energy efficiency, solar installations, electric vehicles, water saving, etc. From time to time they engage in advocacy.  UUCPA is one of over 600 member congregations. Website: https://www.interfaithpower.org/.

July 2019 – Justice Partner - California Clean Money Campaign

The Justice Partner for July is The California Clean Money Campaign.

Their vision is achieving an open and accountable government that is responsive to the needs of all Californians.  The short term goal is passing the Petition Disclosure Act, to require paid initiative signature-gatherers to tell voters who’s paying for them. Website: http://www.caclean.org/.

August 2019 – Justice Partner - Abilities United

The Justice Partner for August is Abilities United.

Located next door to the church, Abilities United (formerly CAR – Community Association for Rehabilitation) advances advocacy, inclusion, and independence for people with developmental (autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, and intellectual disability) and physical disabilities.   A group of members comes over to our church every Monday and breaks down our Main Hall (stacks and moves chairs). Website: https://www.abilitiesunited.org/.

September 2019 – Justice Partner - Hotel de Zink

The Justice Partner for September is Hotel de Zink.

Hotel de Zink, a rotating church shelter program run by InnVision, is hosted by UUCPA during September. We offer breakfast, bag lunch, dinner, and a place to sleep for 10 – 15 homeless community members. We recruit volunteers to provide dinner each night as well as funds to cover costs for breakfast and lunch food and supplies. Website: https://lifemoves.org/our-solution-works/our-services/single-adult-services/hotel-de-zink/.

October 2019 – Justice Partner - South Bay Sanctuary Covenant

The Justice Partner for October is South Bay Sanctuary Covenant.

SBSC is an interfaith, non-partisan organization of churches and individuals in the Bay Area. The group is concerned with peace, justice and liberation for the people of Central America and for the refugees who have fled these areas.

November 2019 – Justice Partner - American Muslim Voice (AMV)

The Justice Partner for November is American Muslim Voice (AMV).

AMV is a local grassroots, nonviolent, inclusive, civil, immigrant and human rights organization. AMV hosts open houses, peace picnics and peace conventions annually to unite neighbors and strangers alike, including the popular EID celebrations.  They also provide the Muslim perspective through teach-in opportunities at schools, colleges, universities, places of worship, and peace conventions.  Website: https://www.amuslimvoice.org/.

December 2019 – Justice Partner - Heart and Home

The Justice Partner for December is Heart and Home.

Heart and Home, founded by Stanford students,  provides night-time winter shelter for fifteen unhoused women in the general Palo Alto vicinity, and was hosted by UUCPA in February and March.  Operated by H+H and rotating between Palo Alto houses of faith, the shelter is run by volunteers from the community and Stanford University, and is staffed by trained professionals.  Website: https://www.hhcollab.org/.

January 2020 – Justice Partner - Parents Helping Parents

The Justice Partner for January is Parents Helping Parents.

Parents Helping Parents San Jose provides low or no cost support for parents with special needs children in the Bay Area.  They offer classes and support groups on how to navigate IEPs (individual education plans), on how to advocate for your child, and on how to keep your sanity while dealing with all of this, among many other topics. Website: https://www.php.com/.

February 2020 – Justice Partner - Stevenson House

The Justice Partner for February is Stevenson House.

Stevenson House’s mission is to provide affordable housing where older, independent adults enjoy a safe and caring community. Stevenson House opened its doors in 1968. Built under the sponsorship of Palo Alto Senior Housing Project, Inc., Stevenson House has received ongoing support from UUCPA and also from the greater community. Website: https://stevensonhouse.org/.

March 2020 – Justice Partner - Ada's Cafe

The Justice Partner for March is Ada’s Cafe.

Located in the Mitchell Park Community Center, Ada’s Cafe and Catering is dedicated to hiring, training, and empowering people with disabilities in a commercial food service business.  Ada’s provides jobs for the disabled while creating numerous employment and internship opportunities for other local teens and college students as job buddies. Website: http://www.adascafe.org/.

April 2020 – Justice Partner - Acterra

The Justice Partner for April is Acterra.

Acterra is an organization based in Palo Alto that brings people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. Current projects serve everyone on the Peninsula through ride & drive events, green at home programs,  local environment restoration and maintenance, green business awards programs, lecture series, and other actions. Website: https://www.acterra.org/.

Past Justice Partners

April 2019 – Justice Partner - Acterra

The Justice Partner for April is Acterra.

Acterra is an organization based in Palo Alto that brings people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. Current projects serve everyone on the Peninsula through ride & drive events, green at home programs,  local environment restoration and maintenance, green business awards programs, lecture series, and other actions. https://www.acterra.org/

March 2019 – Justice Partner - Heart and Home

The Justice Partner for March is Heart and Home.

Heart and Home, founded by Stanford students,  provides night-time winter shelter for fifteen unhoused women in the general Palo Alto vicinity and was hosted by UUCPA in January of 2018.  Operated by H+H and rotating between Palo Alto houses of faith, the shelter is run by volunteers from the community and Stanford University and is staffed by trained professionals. https://www.hhcollab.org/

February 2019 – Justice Partner - Stevenson House

The Justice Partner for February is Stevenson House.
Stevenson House’s mission is to provide affordable housing where older, independent adults enjoy a safe and caring community. Stevenson House opened its doors in 1968. Built under the sponsorship of Palo Alto Senior Housing Project, Inc., Stevenson House has received ongoing support from UUCPA and also from the greater community.  https://stevensonhouse.org/

January 2019 – Justice Partner - Parents Helping Parents

The Justice Partner for January is Parents Helping Parents.
Parents Helping Parents San Jose provides low or no cost support for parents with special needs children in the Bay Area.  They offer classes and support groups on how to navigate IEPs (individual education plans), on how to advocate for your child, and on how to keep your sanity while dealing with all of this, among many other topics.  https://www.php.com/

December 2018 – Justice Partner - Ada's Cafe

The Justice Partner for December is Ada’s Cafe.
Located in the Mitchell Park Community Center, Ada’s Cafe and Catering is dedicated to hiring, training, and empowering people with disabilities in a commercial food service business.  Ada’s provides jobs for the disabled while creating numerous employment and internship opportunities for other local teens and college students as job buddies. http://www.adascafe.org/

November 2018 – Justice Partner - American Muslim Voice (AMV)

The Justice Partner for November is American Muslim Voice (AMV).

AMV is a local grassroots, nonviolent, inclusive, civil, immigrant and human rights organization. AMV hosts open houses, peace picnics and peace conventions annually to unite neighbors and strangers alike, including the popular EID celebrations.  They also provide the Muslim perspective through teach-in opportunities at schools, colleges, universities, places of worship, and peace conventions. https://www.amuslimvoice.org/

October 2018 – Justice Partner - Abilities United

The Justice Partner for October is Abilities United.

Located next door to the church, Abilities United (formerly CAR – Community Association for Rehabilitation) advances advocacy, inclusion, and independence for people with developmental (autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, and intellectual disability) and physical disabilities.   A group of members comes over to our church every Monday and breaks down our Main Hall (stacks and moves chairs). https://www.abilitiesunited.org/

September 2018 – Justice Partner - Hotel de Zink

The Justice Partner for September is Hotel de Zink.
Hotel de Zink, a rotating church shelter program run by InnVision, Hotel de Zink is hosted by UUCPA during September. We offer breakfast, bag lunch, dinner, and a place to sleep for 10–15 homeless community members. We need volunteers to provide dinner each night as well as funds to cover costs for breakfast and lunch food and supplies.

August 2018 – Justice Partner - South Bay Sanctuary Covenant

The Justice Partner for August is South Bay Sanctuary Covenant.
South Bay Sanctuary Covenant (SBSC) is an interfaith, non-partisan organization of churches and individuals in the Bay Area from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. The group is concerned with peace, justice and liberation for the people of Central America and for the refugees who have fled these areas.

July 2018 – Justice Partner - California Clean Money Campaign

The Justice Partner for July is The California Clean Money Campaign.

Their vision is achieving an open and accountable government that is responsive to the needs of all Californians.  The short term goal is passing the California DISCLOSE Act for improved disclosure on political ads. website

June 2018 – Justice Partner - South Palo Alto Food Closet

The Justice Partner for June is The South Palo Alto Food Closet

The South Palo Alto Food Closet is a grocery program located at the Covenant Presbyterian Church on East Meadow Drive in Palo Alto. This food program is designed to help needy families with children or disabilities by assisting them in their weekly food needs. https://www.southpaloaltofoodcloset.com/

May 2018 – Justice Partner - Outlet

The Justice Partner for May is Outlet, a program of Adolescent Counseling Service (ACS).

Outlet is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQQ) Youth organization based in Mountain View,California. As the Peninsula‘s only comprehensive LGBTQQ youth organization, it has provided services to LGBTQQ youth and adults who work with youth in the Bay Area. Bilingual Spanish services are also provided. Website: http://www.acs-teens.org/what-we-do/outlet/

April 2018 – Justice Partner - American Muslim Voice

The Justice Partner for April is American Muslim Voice.

The American Muslim Voice Foundation (AMV) is a local organization established in July of 2003 as a grassroots, nonviolent, inclusive, civil, immigrant and human rights organization. AMV builds alliances & genuine partnerships with like-minded groups and individuals with the goal of uniting all under the umbrella of our common humanity. AMV celebrates diversity and values all human beings regardless of race, religion, social status or creed.  AMV hosts open houses, peace picnics and peace conventions annually to unite neighbors and strangers alike.  They also provide the Muslim perspective through teach-in opportunities at schools, colleges, universities, places of worship, and peace conventions.  AMV hosts the popular annual EID celebrations that offer the community an opportunity to learn about Muslim holiday celebrations. Their website is: https://www.amuslimvoice.org

March 2018 – Justice Partner - Green Sanctuary Choice (Earthjustice)

The Justice Partner for March is the Green Sanctuary’s Choice – Earthjustice.
Chosen by the Green Sanctuary Committee, Earthjustice is a San Francisco-based, highly rated charitable organization that provides legal representation to protect the health of the earth.  The slogan, “because the earth needs a good lawyer,” aptly describes the work: represents the earth—including its air, water, flora and fauna—to protect it from degradation of all kinds.  This work is especially valuable as the Administration in Washington, DC, takes actions designed to reverse protections and enable degradation.  Please support the invaluable work of Earthjustice.  https://earthjustice.org

February 2018 – Justice Partner - Ada's Cafe

The Justice Partner for February is Ada’s Cafe.
Located in the Mitchell Park Community Center, Ada’s Cafe and Catering is dedicated to hiring, training, and empowering people with disabilities in a commercial food service business. Ada’s provides jobs for the disabled while creating numerous employment and internship opportunities for other local teens and college students as job buddies. Ada’s core values are Commercial Success, Community Values, and Compassionate Employment. website

January 2018 – Justice Partner - Stevenson House

The Justice Partner for January is Stevenson House.
Stevenson House’s mission is to provide affordable housing where older, independent adults enjoy a safe and caring community. Stevenson House opened its doors in 1968. Built under the sponsorship of Palo Alto Senior Housing Project, Inc., Stevenson House has received ongoing support from the UUCPA and also from the greater community.

December 2017 – Justice Partner - Outlet

The Justice Partner for December is Outlet, a program of Adolescent Counseling Service (ACS).

Outlet is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQQ) Youth organization based in Mountain View,California. As the Peninsula‘s only comprehensive LGBTQQ youth organization, it has provided services to LGBTQQ youth and adults who work with youth in the Bay Area. Bilingual Spanish services are also provided. Website: http://www.acs-teens.org/what-we-do/outlet/

November 2017 – Justice Partner - South Bay Sanctuary Covenant

The Justice Partner for November is South Bay Sanctuary Covenant.
South Bay Sanctuary Covenant (SBSC) is an interfaith, non-partisan organization of churches and individuals in the Bay Area from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. The group is concerned with peace, justice and liberation for the people of Central America and for the refugees who have fled these areas.

October 2017 – Justice Partner - Opportunity Center

The Justice Partner for October is The Opportunity Center.
The Palo Alto Opportunity Center offers studio and 1–2 bedroom family apartments. The Center also provides light meals, clothing, a mail address, bus passes, case management, and emergency rent assistance to homeless and at–risk people.

September 2017 – Justice Partner - Hotel de Zink

The Justice Partner for September is Hotel de Zink.
Hotel de Zink, a rotating church shelter program run by InnVision, Hotel de Zink is hosted by UUCPA during September. We offer breakfast, bag lunch, dinner, and a place to sleep for 10–15 homeless community members. We need volunteers to provide dinner each night as well as funds to cover costs for breakfast and lunch food and supplies.

August 2017 – Justice Partner - Day Worker Center of Mountain View

The Justice Partner for August is The Day Worker Center of Mountain View.
The Day Worker Center has two main areas of service. They serve hundreds of local homeowners and businesses by providing job–matching services to day labor, and (most important from the justice perspective) serve the immigrant community by matching them with those jobs. They are committed to providing tools to empower day workers (mostly immigrants from Mexico and Latin America) as members of this community. They seek to help workers enter more fully into the life of the community by offering classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), GED, computer and job skills, and sewing. (web site)

July 2017 – Justice Partner - California Clean Money Campaign

The Justice Partner for July is The California Clean Money Campaign.

Their vision is achieving an open and accountable government that is responsive to the needs of all Californians.  The short term goal is passing the California DISCLOSE Act for improved disclosure on political ads. website

June 2017 – Justice Partner - South Palo Alto Food Closet

The Justice Partner for June is The South Palo Alto Food Closet

The South Palo Alto Food Closet is a grocery program located at the Covenant Presbyterian Church on East Meadow Drive in Palo Alto. This food program is designed to help needy families with children or disabilities by assisting them in their weekly food needs.

May 2017 – Justice Partner - Sequoia Adult School Scholars (SASS)

The Justice Partner for May is Sequoia Adult School Scholars (SASS)

Sequoia Adult School Scholars (SASS) empowers low income adults, mostly immigrants working minimum wage jobs, by providing them with financial support, tutoring, and other assistance so they can continue their education, get higher paying jobs, and serve as role models and advocates for their children.  In 2010, SASS provided financial assistance to help two ESL students attend community college. In spring 2017, close to 200 SASS recipients were enrolled in community college classes, a clear indication of the unmet need SASS fills.

April 2017 – Justice Partner - Green Sanctuary Choice (Acterra - Solar Project)

The Justice Partner for April is the Green Sanctuary’s Choice: Acterra – Solar Project in East Palo Alto

Acterra’s Green@Home to Grid Ready Project helps low-income families in East Palo Alto adopt energy efficient practices and participate in a state-funded solar energy program. The region’s tight housing market means that the number of residents per household is typically large in this community, and their resulting higher energy use places them in a higher cost tier. Reducing household electricity usage can thus disproportionately increase financial savings. For example, installing solar energy panels can reduce the energy bills of low-income families in East Palo Alto by 60-90%. Acterra’s partners in this project include Grid Alternatives, which provides the state-funded solar panels, and Habitat for Humanity, which provides free installations. Acterra’s multi-pronged community outreach effort identifies eligible homes and helps homeowners, many of whom have trouble with English, to sign-up.