Each month the Church supports a social justice organization by donating one Sunday’s plate collection. The UUCPA Action Council reviewed the current program, considered current and proposed causes nominated by congregants, and decided on this slate of organizations to present to the congregation for approval at the Annual Meeting on April 24.
Factors that were given priority in making the recommendations were:
- UUCPA members actively involved with the group
- 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.
This year the Action Council is proposing the return of a previous partner, Acterra, to replace California Clean Money.
If you have feedback or questions on this Justice Partner slate, please talk to one of the members of the Action Council: Sally Ahnger (Justice Partner Coordinator), Chris Cassell, Jane Glauz (Emeritus), Sean Hansen, Kristi Iverson (Chair), Chris Kan, Edie Keating, Tina Kochel, Jessica Martin, Karen Skold
Respectfully submitted for consideration by the UUCPA Action Council
Slate of 2022-2023 Justice Partners
American Muslim Voice (AMV) – May
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.
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4HI) – June
The IM4HI is a statewide 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.
Outlet – July
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.
Ada’s Café – August
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.
Hotel de Zink – September
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.
South Bay Sanctuary Covenant (SBSC) – October
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.
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) – November
SURJ Sacred Heart Chapter is based in San Jose and is part of a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. There are over 150 SURJ chapters and affiliates nationwide. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice, with passion and accountability. Accountability means being in relationship with and taking direction from people of color and working on the issues that matter most to accountability partners, organizations run by people of color.
Acterra (new partner) – December
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.
Ability Path – January
Located next door to the church, Ability Path (previously Abilities United) advances advocacy, inclusion, and independence for people with developmental (autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, and intellectual disability) and physical disabilities. Except during the pandemic, a group of members comes over to our church every Monday and breaks down our Main Hall (stacks and moves chairs).
California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL) – February
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.
Heart and Home (H+H) – March
Heart and Home, founded by Stanford students, provides night-time winter shelter for fifteen unhoused women in the general Palo Alto vicinity, and is in its fourth year of being hosted by UUCPA for six weeks each year. 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.
Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) – April
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.