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.
Wildcat Wizards Tutoring Program
Making a Difference
This successful partnership between UUFCO and Juniper Elementary School is in its second year. Tutors work one-on-one with a 3rd grader who is referred to the program for extra help with school work.School staff members have reported improvements in student self-confidence and learning outcomes.
Twenty-one students are being supported by tutors this year. Most tutors are from our Fellowship. The program runs from October through May and meets on Tuesdays after school from 4-5 PM. Substitutes provide important backup for tutors. More substitutes and totrs could be utilized thi9s school year. You do not need to be a teacher to participate; training and support are provided.
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, Project GRACE has established an Early Learning Team that is exploring opportunities to increase the availability of high-quality, affordable pre-school in Central Oregon. The Early Learning Team will be sponsoring a series of discussions on early learning from January through May, 2017. Details are available in the monthly Newsletter.
Social Justice Movie Night
On the last Friday of every other month, the Social Justice Movie Program sponsors a movie with a social justice theme. The movie is preceded at 6:00 with a snack potluck, with the movie beginning at 6:30. Details are available in the monthly Newsletter.
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: