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 2022-2023 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!

July

To Be Well Fed
To Be Well Fed is a nonprofit dedicated to fighting childhood hunger in Washington D.C.  We partner with public schools to provide groceries for more than 150 children and families in need. 

Our mission is to help every child in Washington D.C. arrive at school (in-person or virtual) well nourished and ready to learn!

August

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates.

September

RRUUC College Access Fund
The 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.

October

Partner Church Program
Partner Church 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

Shepherd’s Table
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

December

Beacon House Community Ministry
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.

January

La Clinica del Pueblo
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.

February

Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland (UULM)
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.

March

Second Chance Wildlife Center
The mission of Second Chance is to provide compassionate, rehabilitative care to orphaned, ill, and injured wild animals, and to advise our community on helping animals.

Each year, concerned citizens and animal services officers bring Second Chance about 3,000 distressed native wild animals — songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, squirrels, groundhogs, chipmunks, bats, rabbits, turtles, and a host of other native species and migratory birds — for medical treatment, attentive care, and release.

April

Green New Deal Montgomery County Internship Program
Climate change, racism, poverty and many more humanitarian crises are interlocked and must be solved together. Spend your summer developing critical thinking skills while addressing the intersectionality of these global issues and enhance your ability to make a difference. Learn the facts about greenhouse gas emissions, develop real world job skills and build your interpersonal networks. The National Institute for Peer Support 501(C)(3) is recruiting MOCO high school youth, with Black, Indigenous, People of Color prioritized for paid positions. A smaller number of white allies will be included with stipends depending on need.

May

Action in Montgomery
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.

June

Peace of Mind, Inc
Peace of Mind is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. We are passionate about supporting educators who are teaching mindfulness-based social and emotional learning to elementary and middle school students.