Social Justice Giving Options

River Road UU Congregation is committed to generous social justice giving. We dedicate one entire Sunday morning collection 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

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030. On Sunday, March 11, 2018, over 175 RRUUC volunteers carried large bags of rice and soy, sorted, weighed, measured, filled, sealed and packed 20,888 meals for Rise Against Hunger as part of our Serving Together project. Join us on October 14, 2018 to pack meals again to join the fight against hunger. www.riseagainsthunger.org

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