Social Justice

At Neighborhood Church we are called by our faith to respond actively and publicly to the injustice and suffering in our community and the larger world.

VISION:
The totality of Neighborhood UU Church Social Justice Programs and Projects aims to create a more caring, just, and peaceful world.

MISSION:
Through direct service, advocacy and witness, education, and financial support, Neighborhood UU Church’s Social Justice Programs and Projects provide engaging opportunities for members and friends to gain greater understanding of injustice in its many forms, to take action that leads to systemic change, and to be of service toward a more caring, just, and peaceful world.

 

Alternative Gift Market
Each December, Church members have the opportunity to examine an array of worthy nonprofit organizations for their tax-deductible donations. They meet representatives and learn about the organizations, then choose organizations and donation amounts. They receive holiday cards with thank-you notes to present to friends and family in lieu of (or in addition to) material gifts. A fun and easy holiday shopping experience!

Big Saturday
One Saturday each May (under the Big Sunday organization) we partner with a local elementary school and send volunteers to beautify its facilities and grounds via gardening, painting, and cleaning. For more information, contact Helen Stapenhorst.

Building Bridges Task Force
BBTF develops programs that increase understanding of American Muslims, offer support to the local Muslim community, build friendships among all faiths, and advocate for stronger civil liberties protections. Meets on the first Sunday of the month.  Visit our Facebook page. For more information, contact Bonnie Blustein

Esperanza International
Each Spring and Fall, a group of Church volunteers travels to Tijuana, Mexico for a weekend to help build homes for low-income people. Construction skills not required.. Take a look HEREFor more information, contact Tres Izzard

Green Council
Offers education events, develops green infrastructure, and participates in public campaigns for an environmentally sustainable planet. Current focus is moving the Church, its facilities/ground, and members, toward a Net-Zero carbon footprint. Meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month. For more information, contact Leslie Swanson

Small Group Social Change Ministry
SGSCM is an interfaith collaboration between Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church and local Quakers, designed to weave spirituality into justice work and prevent activist burnout. Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings. Optionally, members visit detained immigrants at Adelanto and offer moral support via an accompaniment model. Opens briefly to new members each Fall.

Social Justice Knitting
Meets every other Wednesday evening to knit or crochet items to meet local needs for warmth. All skill levels welcome. For more information, contact: Leslie Gaudineer.

Sunday Social Justice Table
The Social Justice Program is represented at NUUC on Sunday mornings – with information about ongoing projects, upcoming events, national and local politics, and an occasional petition or survey. Outgoing volunteers are needed to staff the table, especially between services. No experience needed.

 

Friends in Deed
Friends in Deed provides homeless and at risk individuals with food, shelter in inclement weather, a safe place for women, help with housing and support for children. The church collects donated food for the weekly food pantry and supports financially for ongoing needs.
To donate or volunteer, contact Stephanie Ballard

Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County
A program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Sadlon

Jericho Road Pasadena
A non-profit organization initially built by Neighborhood Church. Bridges communities by matching the professional talents of volunteers with the needs of community-based nonprofit organizations for time-limited collaborations (skills-based volunteering).
For more information, contact: Melanie Goodyear

Syrian Refugee Resettlement Team
In partnership with IRIS, Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Service, Los Angeles, we welcomed a beautiful Syrian family of five into LA. Volunteers have helped furnish an apartment, drive family members to appointments and, in general, be ready to help however they can to get the family settled into the community and connected to self-sufficiency.
For more information, contact: Stephanie Ballard

Union Station Homeless Services
Provides shelter, life skills coaching, and career placement counseling for the homeless. We provide year round dinner once a month and support financially for ongoing needs.
For more information, contact: Stephanie Ballard

White People for Racial Justice of San Gabriel Valley
Dedicated to collective liberation, eliminating white supremacy, learning about our privilege, and supporting each other and racial justice movements such as Black Lives Matter. Open to all who identify as “white” and oppose racism. CLICK HERE for information about why a white space matters.
For more information, contact Stephanie Ballard.

Young & Healthy
Provides access to high-quality health care, prevention and education for uninsured and under-insured children and families in the greater Pasadena area.
For more information, contact: Stephanie Ballard.