Our Social Justice focus helps us live into the Seven Principles...
by finding ways to engage in democratic processes
to honor every person with dignity,
to help further the work of creating a world
community with peace, justice and liberty for all,
and so much more.
Bethlehem Inn Dinners
Since 2008, UUFCO has - once every month - prepared a full meal for the residents of the Bethlehem Inn, Central Oregon's largest homeless shelter. Since the Bethlehem Inn is a converted motel without a central kitchen facility, the meal is prepared offsite by volunteers who choose the portion they'd like to prepare or purchase: turkey meat loaf, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, cupcakes, or milk. The food is then delivered to the Inn warm, and served by other UUFCO volunteers. The residents of the Inn are always deeply appreciative of the food shared with them - healthy and prepared with love and kindness.
Make a Difference in a Child’s Life
The Wildcat Wizard Tutoring Program
At Juniper Elementary School
2016-2017 School Year
You can make a difference in a child’s life by tutoring one-on-one, Tuesdays from 4-5pm, with the Wildcat Wizards Tutoring Program at Juniper Elementary School in NE Bend. Most tutors and substitutes are UU’s.
Staff at the school said they saw positive changes in the children who participated last school year, in both their self confidence and their academic achievement.
In a relatively few hours from the end of September through May, you can help a 3rd grader who is referred to the tutoring program by their teacher for help with math, language arts, or both.
If once a week is not the right commitment for you right now, consider being a substitute, backing up tutors when they can’t be there. We hope substitutes can be available at least 5 times over the school year.
Training is provided by the school.
Greater Community Collection
Since 2006, UUFCO’s monthly Greater Community Collections (GCC) have been a way for our fellowship to reach out to others and learn more the about needs in our community. We base our giving on the seven UU Principles, and recipients must be a non-profit organization and non-discriminatory provider of services. We have placed emphasis on selecting smaller organizations where $500-$1,000 would make a significant impact for the organization.
Some of the community organizations we have given to in the past include: Planned Parenthood, Bethlehem Inn, Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, Family Access Network(FAN) and UUSC Guest at Your Table.
Project GRACE (Giving Respect And Choosing Equality)
UUFCO is embracing the call from the Unitarian Universalist Association to engage in a multi-year program on the expanding gap in income, wealth and opportunity in the United States. Following a series of educational programs during the 2015-2016 Fellowship year, 6 Action Teams presented proposals for action in September, 2016.
The proposals include:
- Funding for Student Sports and Activities. Supporting ongoing efforts by organizations in Central Oregon that assist students and families in covering the fees and charges imposed by schools for students to engage in sports, band, orchestra and other activities.
- Wildcat Wizards Tutoring Program. Our one-year old program tutoring third-graders at Juniper Elementary in Bend. Additional tutors and substitutes are needed to match one-on-one with students who need a helping hand with math and reading—and just spending time with a caring adult.
- An Innovative, inclusive early learning program. We will be further exploring developing an innovative early learning program for 3 – 5 year olds that would utilize UUFCO’s outstanding educational space, working in collaboration with OSU-Cascades.
- Conscious, Compassionate, Consumer Choices. Developing handouts and other information to help UUs (and others) make purchasing choices that support businesses that support workers and that are socially responsible.
- Changing the Narratives. A group committed to using the arts and other means to bring the true story of inequality to light. This group plans to work in collaboration with some of the other Project GRACE groups to highlight the issues of concern.
- Fair Taxes for All. This group is sponsoring a forum on October 9 at UUFCO on Measure 97. If there is interest, they will work further on issues of tax fairness.
Annual and Special Social Justice Opportunities:
We encourage our members and friends to take part in peace and justice events whenever, wherever possible. For the past several years, UUFCO has been involved in the following events, and others:
- Project Connect: a regional services faire providing much needed assistance to the homeless and underserved population
- Central Oregon Pride: our regional LGBTQ-affirming event sponsored by Human Dignity Coalition
Additional Social Justice Information: