Social Justice Giving
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 is the 2020-2021 schedule for our Designated Gift Organizations. Watch this space as we continue to identify our monthly gift organizations. Feel free to donate, learn, and connect!
RRUUC College Access Fund has provided scholarships to local public high school graduates with financial needs for almost 20 years. Four-year scholarships go to qualified students selected by Racial Justice Task Force’s Supporting Educational Access Pathway (SEAP) from applications submitted by Mentors, Inc. and College Bound. Through the College Access Fund program, 12 students are currently receiving scholarships and two to four students are added each year based on available funds. Click here to give to College Access Fund
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.
The Shepherd’s Table is a soup kitchen operated since 1983 as a cooperative interdenominational effort by 30 churches, synagogues, congregations, and other religious institutions. In addition to providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner to hungry persons and families in need, Shepherd’s Table, in cooperation with Interfaith Works, provides social services, training, counseling, medical, ophthalmological, and dental care to its clients. The facility that houses Shepherd’s Table also has several shelters and free studio apartments for homeless persons. For the last 33 years on the second Tuesday of each month a team of 12 to 15 people from RRUUC has served dinner at Shepherd’s Table to between 125 and 200 hungry people. Click to give to Shepherd’s Table
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 designated gift organization for more than 10 years. Click here to give to Beacon House.
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. Click here to give to La Clinica.
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. Click here to give to UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland.
Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary is a 400 acre non-profit refuge in Poolesville, Maryland for farm animals and wildlife. Founded in 1996, their mission is to offer care, rehabilitation, and permanent sanctuary for neglected, abused or abandoned farm animals, as well as providing a protected habitat for wildlife. They promote compassion and the humane treatment of all animals by educating the public on farm animal and wildlife issues.
Community Garden Projects in Baltimore and Silver Spring
The ETO for the month of April will go to the environmental justice initiatives in McEldery in Baltimore, as well as Langley and Clifton Park in Silver Spring.
River Roaders have already begun working with these communities to restore the community garden in McElderry and to grow fresh produce in aeroponic towers in Clifton Park and Langley Park. Although the physical work is to create and maintain healthy food sources for underserved communities, a big part of the work is to build relationships with one another. This also creates interfaith partnership with the Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baltimore and the Clifton Park Baptist Church in Silver Spring. When we work together we strengthen the bonds of community and service, allowing us to build the Beloved Community in which all have access to food, security, autonomy, and belonging.
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. Click here to give to AIM.
RRUUC supports Safe Streets in McElderry Park, part of a public health and safety campaign to reduce shootings in several Baltimore communities where homicide is one of the greatest risk factors for teenagers and young adults, ages 14-25. The core strategy of Safe Streets is to engage community stakeholders in planning and carrying out community activities, public responses to shootings and homicides, and mobilization of residents to take the streets back from criminals and gangs. Living Classrooms, the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, and Baltimore service organizations and religious communities have created a coalition to put this organized strategy into action.
Created in 2017, Congregation Action Network is an organizing network of congregations in the DC/MD/VA region that provide support and solidarity to neighbors, friends, and family who fear being detained, deported or profiled.
In the face of hate and discrimination, the Network is committed to showing love, compassion and hospitality.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates.