Social Justice Giving Options

River Road UU Congregation is committed to generous social justice giving. We “extend the offering” or dedicate one entire Sunday morning’s offering each month to those groups and agencies we hold so dear to our hearts. While each organization will be lifted up for special attention during one single month of the coming congregational year, you can also make your generous gifts at any time during the congregational year, including right now. Below you’ll see our full schedule of 2018-2019 Designated Gift Organizations. Feel free to donate, learn, and connect!

September

RRUUC College Access Fund has been providing scholarships to DC public high school graduates with financial needs for more than 20 years. Four-year scholarships go to qualified students who have been selected based on recommendations by Mentors, Inc. and College Bound. Through the College Access Fund program, 40 students have completed college; two to four students are added each year. Eleven students are currently receiving scholarships.

October

Partner Church Program supports RRUUC’s two partner churches in Fiatfalva, Romania, and Khasi Hills, India. Resources from abroad, including from RRUUC, have been essential in keeping the Unitarian movement alive in Transylvania, where it originated. Click here to give to Partner Church Program.

November

Serving Together is River Road’s multigenerational program that brings together community and service in monthly projects. From packaging meals to making blankets and toys for our local animal shelter. We work together in community to live our values by serving in our neighborhoods and around the world.There are more projects in the works and even more we can only dream about with your support! Your support ensures these impactful projects continue. Read more about our projects here.
December
Beacon House Community Ministry provides tutoring, mentoring, cultural, athletic, recreation and nutrition programs for at-risk children ages 5-18 who reside in the Edgewood Terrace community in Northeast Washington, DC. Beacon House was founded in 1991 by Rev. Donald E. Robinson, a UU minister, in response to an overwhelming need for social service programs for youth in what was once a drug- and violence-plagued community. Beacon House has been a DPO for more than 10 years. www.beaconhousedc.org

Click here to give to Beacon House.

January

La Clinica del Pueblo is a fully accredited, independent clinic in Columbia Heights, DC, that provides high quality, professional and culturally appropriate health services to persons in the Latino community, regardless of ability to pay.  La Clinica has been a DPO for more than 10 years. www.lcdp.org 

February

Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland (UULM) envisions a Maryland free of oppression and injustice, where all are guaranteed basic human and civil rights. This vision is addressed by alerting, educating, activating and facilitating a statewide UU base to advocate for legislation before the Maryland General Assembly each year.  Recent issues include health care reform, ending marriage discrimination against same-sex couples, global warming and abolition of the death penalty. www.uulmmd.org
Click here to give to UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland.

March

Shepherd’s Table is a soup kitchen and community center in Silver Spring, MD, staffed by volunteers from 30 faith communities in Montgomery County. It has been serving dinner every evening to about 140 hungry men, women and children since 1983 and also provides counseling, medical care, showers, clothing, shelter referrals and other assistance to its clients. RRUUC volunteers have staffed Shepherd’s Table on the second Tuesday of each month for the past 23 years. www.shepherdstable.org 

April

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) advances human rights through grassroots collaboration. In more than a dozen countries throughout the world, UUSC fosters social justice and works toward a world free from oppression. UUSC’s innovative approaches and measurable impact — in promoting economic justice, bolstering environmental justice, and protecting rights at risk — are grounded in the belief that all people have inherent power, dignity, and rights.www.uusc.org
Click here to give to UUSC.

May

Action in Montgomery (AIM) is a broad-based community organization, rooted in Montgomery County’s neighborhoods and congregations, non-partisan, multi-faith, multi-racial, working for more affordable housing, more after-school programs and less gun violence.www.actioninmontgomery.org 

June

Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ) envisions a peaceful, just, and environmentally sustainable world. Their mission is to mobilize and amplify the voices of Unitarian Universalists as we seek to change the world through acts of love and justice. UUSJ’s priority issues include Escalating Income Inequality, Climate Change and the Environment, and Immigration. http://uusj.net/wp1/

July

Safe Streets, sponsored by RRUUC’s Prevent Gun Violence Ministry, helps reduce the shooting in Baltimore. Alex Long keeps people from killing one another in his Baltimore neighborhood. His sister died of gunshot wounds there just a few years ago. With the second highest murder rate in the nation, a resident of Baltimore is five times more likely to be killed with a gun there than in DC. Alex and his fellow violence interrupters at Safe Streets McElderry Park reduce gun violence by finding jobs for young people who want to stop selling drugs. Guns have killed at least 119 people in Baltimore since January. The number of killings is rising, but Johns Hopkins research says it could be much lower with more funds from us. Click here to contribute to the Prevent Gun Violence Ministry work with Safe Streets.

August

Worthy Dog Rescue, sponsored by the Animal Ministry, believes every dog is worthy of love. They provide assistance to low-income pet owners during times of emergency. The funds RRUUC collects will go to their “Community Vet Care Fund,” which provides critical vet care when low-income families are faced with a dog’s medical emergency. In 2018, Worthy Dog provided over $5,000 in critical vet care for dogs from low-income homes. This is a true example of inter-sectional justice work, through which people and animals are helped simultaneously. You can contribute throughout the month of August with an online donation.