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.

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

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.

For a more in depth commentary on our social justice vision watch our video: Deepening Faith Through Service.

Adopt a Child Abuse Caseworker
Neighborhood Church has “adopted” 2 Social Workers who make known needs of clients in crisis. Plus “Scroungers” supply items for the children and youth during holidays and through the Birthday Club. Be a “Scrounger”!
Contact Lynn Miyamoto or Janice Partyka if you’d like to be added to the Scroungers list, or have items to donate.

Affordable Housing Services of Pasadena
NC collaborates locally with AHS to advocate for and assist renters in low-income housing in Pasadena.
Neighborhood Church contact: Stephanie Ballard

Big Saturday
An all-church event one Saturday in May (as part of Big Sunday) where we partner with
the community to help beautify a local public school or agency in need of attention.
For more information, contact Stephanie Ballard

Building Bridges Task Force
A grass roots effort, programs are developed to increase understanding of American Muslims,
build interfaith friendships, and advocate for stronger civil liberties protections.
Visit our Facebook page.
For more information, contact Stephanie Ballard

Esperanza International
We travel two weekend trips a year in the Fall and Spring to Tijuana to help build permanent housing for residents with limited resources. Take a look: Esperanza April 2011
For more information, contact Tres Izzard

Everyone A Reader
Volunteers work with students during the school day to improve their reading skills and help give them the confidence they need to thrive in the classroom.
For more information, contact: Stephanie Ballard

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

Green Council
Coordinates educational opportunities, develops green infrastructure on church grounds, and participates in public campaigns to align with the “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence.”
For more information, contact Leslie Swanson.

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

JUUstice LA
Organizes the resources of individual Unitarian Universalists and our congregations into a regional body that acts as an inspiring leader and effective partner to transform oppressive systems and create social justice in greater Los Angeles.
Visit our Facebook Page.
For more information, contact Stephanie Ballard.

The New Jim Crow Book Study
Pasadena Police Reform Task Force meets monthly to discuss the classic book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. We also plan actions for progressive change in local policing.
For more information, contact Dave Hiller.

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

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.