All Faiths Unitarian Congregation Ft. Myers 2013-2014
Listed below are some of the outreach programs All Faiths supports throughout the community with volunteers and/or donations.
McGregor Clinic: Donations of food and clothing are collected monthly. The clinic supports AIDS patients and their families, regardless of their ability to pay.
Mano a Mano: This organization was founded by All Faiths members Segundo and Joan Velasquez in 1974 and is dedicated to improving health and economic conditions in rural Bolivia where farmers exist on less than $1 a day. Mano a Mano builds roads, schools, reservoirs and 170 medical clinics to date in partnership with local residents. All Faiths members and other UU congregations are invited annually to travel to Bolivia for firsthand accounts.
Nations Association Charities: All Faiths assists Nations Association Charities to continue its longstanding holiday tradition of feeding nearly 250 of Lee County’s most impoverished residents on Thanksgiving Day. Since 2010, generous donations have provided the funds for meal preparation and over 20 volunteers participate in serving the meals.
Collections for Animal Shelters: We collect animal food and supplies for a number of animal shelters in our area.
L.I.F.E. (Lee County Interfaith for Empowerment) – We are members and active participants of LIFE, a congregation-based community organization of diverse racial, religious and economic backgrounds, working together through research and conducting public education to address the root causes of poverty and justice. In 2014 the issue was civil citations for first time juvenile offenders. As a result, Theda Roberts from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice met with and implemented civil citation trainings to the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and Cape Coral Police Department. We continued working on the 2013 issue of Children’s Access to Mental Health. One of the highlights was the addition of a campus in Cape Coral which has increased the access to such services.
Social Justice Education:
Film showings and facilitated discussions of, among many, Vegucated, Traces of the Trade, Gasland II, TransAmerica; host to Affordable Health Care information forum.
Service Topics: UUSC issues; reproductive rights; welcoming strangers; Native Americans and Thanksgiving; gun violence; working with migrants;
Other Social Justice Participation: Climate March coordinated by Port Charlotte Unitarian Fellowship; Martin Luther King Day march; Vigil for murdered local transgender woman; Interfaith AIDS Memorial Service; Gay Pride Festival.