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

July 2020 – Justice Partner - California Clean Money Campaign

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

California Clean Money is dedicated to limiting the undue influence of money in politics in order to achieve an open and accountable government that is responsive to the needs of all Californians. After numerous successes, California Clean Money continues to focus on transparency in funding of candidates and ballot initiative ads. A major long-term goal is public funding of election campaigns.

Website: http://www.caclean.org/.

August 2020 – 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 2020 – 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 2020 – 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 2020 – Justice Partner - American Muslim Voice (AMV)

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

AMV is 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 2020 – Justice Partner - Outlet

The Justice Partner for December 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/

January 2021 – Justice Partner - Ada's Cafe

The Justice Partner for January 2021 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/.

February 2021 – Justice Partner - California Interfaith Power and Light

The Justice Partner for February is 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/

March 2021 – Justice Partner - Heart and Home

The Justice Partner for March 2021 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/.

April 2021 – Justice Partner - Community Health Awareness Council

The Justice Partner for April is Community Health Awareness Council

The Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) provides mental health services for schools and families in Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Los Altos.  In addition to in-school services, they have therapists available for families and children in both English and Spanish.  They are currently in the process of building out more comprehensive training to work with the LGBTQ+ youth in the community as well.

Website: https://www.chacmv.org/

Here’s lots more information about the NEAT program, Nueva Esperanza Accompaniment Teams, with which UUCPA members have been active over the past several months.

Past Justice Partners

June 2020 – Justice Partner -  Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

The Justice Partner for June is Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity is a statewide California organization that connects clergy and people of faith to the work of social justice in Los Angeles County, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Inland Valleys.  They work to make the criminal justice system more just, and the immigration system fairer and more humane.  In the last two years, IM4HI trained 1,500 people of faith to take leadership roles, engaged 140 congregations and partner organizations, and reached more than 35,000 people with a message of hope, love and resilience.

Website: https://www.im4humanintegrity.org/

May 2020 – Justice Partner - UU the Vote

The Justice Partner for May is UU the Vote

The national UU the Vote Campaign is seeking funding to support state UU action networks such as the UU Justice Ministry of California in mobilizing UU’s in their states and supporting them to do justice work as a part of the 2020 election and beyond.  Website: https://www.uua.org/justice/vote2020

 

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/.

March 2020 – Justice Partner - Heart and Home

The Justice Partner for March 2020 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/.

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/.

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/.

December 2019 – Justice Partner - Ada's Cafe

The Justice Partner for December 2019 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/.

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/.

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.

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/.

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/.

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/.

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/.

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/

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/