Good Neighbor Offerings
Each month we share our offerings from the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services with local and national non-profit organizations serving the community, particularly those serving people in need. A different group is selected each month to receive these much needed funds, such as the Read Aloud Volunteer Program, where UUCB members read to children in San Pablo and Richmond schools, and Brighter Beginnings, supporting low income infants and their families in getting the best start in life.
For more information, or to suggest a new Good Neighbor organization, please contact the church office.
Since 2011, through the generosity of UUCB members, friends, and Sunday vistors, over $40,000 has been donated to more than 25 organizations.
Good Neighbors of the Month
Winter Nights Shelter - The Winter Nights Program provides a clean, safe, and warm facility at night and a daytime services center during winter for homeless families with children. The program will serve up to 30 persons at any given time. Congregations throughout central and east Contra Costa provide space, meals, and volunteers. Bedding will be provided, and professional staff will supervise the shelter 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Rubicon Bakery - Started in 1993, Rubicon was created as a social enterprise to help rebuild lives by employing, training, and supporting people who need a second chance. Many long-term employees came to Rubicon from life on the streets, from prisons or with substance abuse problems. They have turned their lives around. Rubicon offers our employees training, fair wages, health insurance, and most importantly a way to get their lives back on track. That’s why we say, “Treat Yourself, Transform Lives.More ...
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano - The Food Bank is a centralized warehouse that stores and distributes donated and purchased perishable and nonperishable food items. We distribute food directly to low-income people at community sites and make food available for other nonprofit organizations serving the ill, needy and infants.
The Food Bank works to reduce food waste, feed hungry people and raise public awareness of issues related to food and hunger.
Alameda County Community Food Bank - Alameda County Community Food Bank has been in business since 1985 ... with a vision toward a day when we can go out of business. We are the hub of a vast collection and distribution network that provides food for 240 nonprofit agencies in Alameda County. In 2012, the Food Bank distributed 23.2 million pounds of food, 53% of it fresh fruits and vegetables.
Since moving into our permanent facility near the Oakland Airport in 2005 and leading the national food bank movement for a ban on the distribution of carbonated beverages, the Food Bank has ramped up distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables by more than 1,000%.More ...
The mission of the Richmond Emergency Food Pantry is to provide food to West Contra Costa County residents in need. The Pantry has been providing this service for over 40 years. Typically, each family in need is given free-of-charge a food box weighing approximately 30 pounds. Even with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano providing much of the food free or at very low cost, when one adds up the food, rent, fees, and insurance expenses, it still usually costs the Pantry between $7-8 to provide each box of food. Volunteers donate more than 400 hours each month. The Pantry provides food to more than 42,000 individuals annually.
To ease and end the crisis of homelessness in our community, Berkeley Food and Housing Project provides emergency food and shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing, and housing placement with support services to homeless individuals and families.
Founded in 1970, Berkeley Food and Housing Project has worked to ease and end the crisis of homelessness for men, women, and children in the Berkeley community. With programs ranging from free meal service to permanent supportive housing, BFHP provides a continuum of care to accommodate a broad spectrum of specialized needs.
BFHP assists low-income and homeless individuals with needs and disabilities that are not effectively met by mainstream social services. The agency hallmark is to provide services with compassion to foster a nurturing, healing environment that can effectively end an individual’s cycle of homelessness.More ...
Members of UUCB were privileged to be part of a protest march and "die-in" in Berkeley on Sunday, December 14, marking "Black Lives Matter" Sunday. It was a beautiful opportunity for clergy and laity alike from different faith traditions to march together in solidarity. something I have long dreamed about. It seems imperative at this crucial time that people of faith speak out with a strong moral voice.
The event was under African-American leadership, beginning with a rousing sermon at the Way Christian Center, led by Rev. Michael McBride. Rev. McBride is also the national director of the Lifelines to Healing Network of the PICO (the parent organization of CCISCO). He has been active in actions around the country beginning with the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Around 300 or so protesters marched from First Congregational Church in Berkeley to the Way, chanting and singing: "Hands up, Don't shoot," "No Justice, no Peace," and so on. The Berkeley police kept their distance and provided an escort as we marched through city streets.
In front of the Way, we laid down in the street in a symbolic "die-in" lasting 11 minutes to mark the 11 times that Eric Garner in New York City said "I can't breathe," before he died after having been choked and held on the ground by several police officers.
UUCB members have been busy working on social justice projects with CCISCO. Congregants played an active role in getting out the vote in West Contra Costa County. Proposition 47, which we were supporting, was passed overwhelmingly in California. Although we do not support candidates, of course, it is good to note that big money went down to defeat in Richmond, where Chevron spent $3 million to change the political climate yet was resoundingly defeated.
We continue our work with the Richmond Ceasefire program, walking our Friday night walks in Richmond neighborhoods and participating in “call-ins” of at-risk youth.
Congregants have also been active in community activity to ensure that jobs, business opportunities, and educational support will available to Richmond residents as the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay progresses. The proposed campus was recently analyzed in a thorough study entitled “Anchor Richmond.” To view the study and a video of the press conference where it was shown—in which UUCBers participated—visit http://diversity.berkeley.edu/anchor-richmond.
VERY IMPORTANT – Please plan to attend our “Justice Summit” at UUCB on December 6, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. We hope to have all of our social justice groups present to discuss how better to coordinate our efforts and to communicate about them within the congregation. All are welcome.
Dear UUCB Community,
As I have become more involved with CCISCO activities, I have learned that we UUs are thought of by many as "the people who show up." Yesterday, I received an invitation from CCISCO organizer and pastor, the Rev. Donnell Jones, to participate in a community prayer vigil to lift up the memory of Mike Brown and the people of Ferguson, MO. It seems to me, we are either a part of this community or we're not. If we are, we have an obligation to show up when we are needed.
We showed up 50 years ago, when Unitarian Universalists joined together with people of many faiths to proclaim that love was stronger than hate. As diverse theologically as we UUs are, this is probably the one thing that unambiguously unites us. We wear our yellow shirts as a sign that we have faith in the power of love, a love which reaches out to heal and transform. It takes a lot of work to "love the hell out of this world," as some prophetic UUs are saying, but it is the only way.
The vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. at:
Miracle Temple, APC
2425 Cutting Blvd.
Tonight we have the opportunity to love the hell out of this world, side by side with our neighbors of faith in Richmond. I will be there. Please join me and the members of the Membership Ministry. We will gather at the church at 6:45 p.m. to carpool.
Rev. Jones' invitation is below.
A Macedonian Call for Mike Brown and the People of Ferguson
Greetings to you all.
We have been faced with a tragic injustice in Ferguson, Missouri. As clergy and people of faith we will stand with those who are painfully impacted by this deeply troubling situation. As we have experienced crime & violence in our own backyards, we can say that "your pain and suffering (Ferguson) has not gone unnoticed. We declare that we are "Our Brother's Keeper."
PICO Organizers & Leaders, Bishops, Clergy, and Community Leaders from across the nation aspired to have 1,000 member clergy gathering on tomorrow in Ferguson. Some of us were invited, but just can’t get there with such short notice.
Therefore, I HUMBLY ask Pastors to suspend your regular Bible Study sessions and community leaders to rearrange your schedules TOMORROW AUGUST 20th to join us at MIRACLE TEMPLE APC 2425 Cutting Blvd. Richmond at 7:00 pm for a PRAYER VIGIL for Ferguson. Several churches have made commitments to attend: Bethlehem MBC, Greater Abundant Life Ministries, Kingdomland MBC, Hope Lutheran (El Sobrante), Zion Hill MBC, and New Direction Ministries.
Please Join us as we come together not only as a community but as a nation as we stand with the people of Ferguson as witnesses to the collective wounds inflicted by an inexcusable over-militarized police response.
In His Service,
Donnell R. Jones
Community Organizer, CCISCO
Our Good Neighbor organizations include:
Alameda County Child Abuse Prevention
Alameda County Community Food Bank
Albany Community Foundation
Bay Area Women Against Rape
Berkeley Emergency Food Pantry
Berkeley Food & Housing Project
Berkeley Women's Daytime Drop-in Center
Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO)
Child Abuse Prevention Council-Contra Costa
Community Alliance for Learning
Contra Costa County Winter Nights Shelter
Dorothy Day House
East Bay Agency for Children
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano
Greater Richmond Interfaith Project
Green For All
Lavendar Seniors of the East Bay
Meadville Lombard Theological School
Richmond Emergency Food Pantry
STAND! For Families Free of Violence
Starr King School for the Ministry
Sustainable Contra Costa
Ujima Family Recovery Services
Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Transgender Law Center
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