Many people find that the most satisfying justice work is direct involvement in a project or activity. UUCPA has a number of projects that occur annually which offer opportunities for active participation by members and friends. In addition, opportunities arise based on what is happening in the larger community at any given time. The Action Council endeavors to ensure there is at least one opportunity to be involved each month. For further information on these projects and how you can contribute or to suggest a new project, please visit the Action Council table on Sunday morning or contact the Action Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Justice Projects
Fair Trade Chocolate
None of us want to support child labor, or child slaves! Yet the Food Empowerment Project writes “The farms of Western Africa supply cocoa to international giants such as Hershey’s, Mars, and Nestlé—revealing the industry’s direct connection to the worst forms of child labor, human trafficking, and slavery.”
To make it easier for our members to “Buy Fair Trade”, UUCPA sells Fair Trade chocolates on the patio after Sunday services during the Sundays leading up to Halloween. Chocolates are purchased from http://equalexchange.coop/ and are sold at cost.
Heart and Home
Heart and Home Collaborative (https://www.hhcollab.org/) is a non-profit organization serving unhoused women in Palo Alto, California. Heart and Home provides meals and shelter for 15 women during the winter months. Heart and Home is usually hosted at UUCPA during a month in the winter. Please check the calendar for details.
Hotel de Zink
Hotel de Zink (http://lifemoves.org/our-solution-works/our-services/single-adult-services/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 and raise funds to cover costs for breakfast and lunch food and supplies.
Stevenson House (https://stevensonhouse.org) is an affordable senior housing complex located next door to UUCPA. Our church was instrumental in the creation of Stevenson House and maintains an ongoing relationship with the organization. Low-cost weekday lunches are provided at Stevenson House for residents and local seniors by an organization called La Comida. UUCPA prepares and serves a Saturday lunch for our neighbors several times each year.
These are the days we bring a lot of underwear, including shoes, gloves, and hats to give to homeless and very poor people. For them, these items are particularly helpful during the cold months of the year. We then also bring money to buy anything we did not get. Our gifts are distributed through the Opportunity Center. Undie Sundays typically run in the month of December.
Bodhi Tree Concerts
Bodhi Tree Concerts North presents high-quality musical performances to the public, and then donates 100% of the profits to charitable causes. These concerts are held at UUCPA. We are committed to the idea that music can be a powerful tool for community building and social justice, and that giving back to the local and global communities through music is a path towards understanding and enlightenment for us all.
Guest at your Table
Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is UUSC’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about the UUSC’s work to advance human rights. The Guest at your Table program highlights people around the world who have been helped by UUSC. This program usually runs at UUCPA between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
If you want to get the children involved, here’s what you can do:
- Pick up a Guest at Your Table box at UUCPA.
- These are small cardboard boxes that sit on your dinner table.
- Each night at dinner, have your children place some spare change into the box
- Perhaps the amount that their evening meal would cost for one more person. Emphasize to the children that everyone joining together in a small way can bring about changes in a big way.
- Before Christmas, you can count up the money you have collected, and submit a check made out to “UUCPA” with “Guest at Your Table” on the memo line.
Questions? Contact Beth Nord, this year’s Guest at Your Table Coordinator.