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
East Bay Housing Organizations - EBHO brings together community members, public officials, nonprofit housing developers, service providers, planners, professionals, and advocates. Collectively, we're building a movement to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy, and affordable place to call home.
Richmond Equitable Development Initiative - The Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) is a collaborative of advocacy, research and grassroots community based organizations working together in Richmond and throughout the Bay Area on environmental justice and social justice issues. REDI actively supports the need for quality, living-wage jobs and job training programs linked to growth industries and sectors as well as quality, affordable housing options, effective and connected public transportation networks and an overall healthier and cleaner environment. REDI conducts research and policy analysis, organizes community stakeholders and advocates for public policy and development that benefits instead of burdens low-income communities and communities of color. REDI’s aim is to protect neighborhoods and communities against the potential for displacement or gentrification.
Ujima Family Recovery Services is dedicated to helping families recover from alcoholism, drug addiction and behavioral health problems. Since 1986, Ujima has made a significant contribution towards stopping substance abuse and empowering mothers and fathers to develop life skills to lead healthy, productive lives.
STAND! Against Domestic Violence is a catalyst for breaking the multi-generational cycle of violence, promoting safe and strong relationships, and rebuilding lives.More ...
Urban Tilth cultivates agriculture in west Contra Costa County to help our community build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. They use 13 school and community gardens, as well as small urban farms to teach and employ community members to grow, distribute, cook, and consume thousands of pounds of local produce each year.
Green For All is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. They work in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to increase quality jobs and opportunities in the green industry - all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of their agenda.More ...
Through the summer, many members of the congregation are continuing their activities with CCISCO (Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization). We would love to have you join us for any of these activities, at which we are both making progress and having fun.
We continue to participate in “Ceasefire” walks through Richmond neighborhoods on Friday evenings. We start at a local church and engage local residents with a message of “alive and free.” UUCB members have been a strong presence at these walks.
Also, work continues as we try to ensure that the proposed UCB/LBNL Richmond Bay campus will benefit local communities in terms of job and business opportunities, educational programs, and housing remedies for probable displacement of residents. In July, we met with UCB’s Vice Chancellor for Real Estate and his staff to express our concerns. It was a productive meeting, but the work continues – this will be a 40-year project.
Meanwhile, your UUCB CCISCO team has been holding a series of meetings to explore future projects as we head into a new church year with our interim minister. Primarily, we want to ensure that as many congregation members as possible have an opportunity to participate in CCISCO activities. For example, we are working with Merrin Clough on ways that we might work together with the R.E. community on social justice issues.
Volunteers at UUCB have participated in a wide range of projects since our congregation affiliated with CCISCO. Within our church community, we continue with our conversations aimed at engaging more and more UUCB members with CCISCO. For example, we have been meeting with Merrin Clough, our Director of Family Ministry, and our RE committee, to explore ways in which families with children might become involved in CCISCO activities.
Members of our UUCB team often show up on Friday nights for “Ceasefire” walks in Richmond. Each Friday we start from a different church and we walk through the neighborhood spreading our message that we want for the residents to be “alive and free.” One Friday in April, our walk took us through a section where a 16-year old boy had recently been shot and killed. The neighborhood residents were nervous and anxious to talk with us. Afterwards, we met at the local church to debrief and to pray together. Many of us were in tears. This felt like a redemptive act for the community and for us, as we articulated a life-affirming message in the face of tragedy.
I hope you read the paragraph in the September Beacon about the annual GRIP Harmony Walk on October 26. UUCB is one of the member congregations that supports GRIP and their wonderful work in the community providing meals, shelter, and resources for homeless families. The Harmony Walk gives us the opportunity to build community and meet our neighbors while raising money for this great cause.
Please stop by the Harmony Walk table in the Social Hall (starting October 6) and sign up for Team UUCB to join us for the Walk. Let's march together wearing our yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” t-shirts. If you don’t have a t-shirt and want to buy one, please let Kay Fairwell know your size. You can also donate by making checks payable to “UUCB” with “GRIP Walk” on the memo line. This year we will make a special effort to get more of the RE students involved. Ladie Malek is coordinating with RE teachers and families. Please contact Ladie if you can help her out. Also, if you are willing to stand at the Harmony Walk table in the Social Hall on one of the first three Sundays in October, either between the two services or after the 11:00 a.m. service, please let me know. Thank you.
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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