Davie: River of Grass UU Congregation

River of Grass UU Congregation 2014-2015 www.riverofgrassuu.org/

Service and Social Justice Committee (SSJC)

Mission: Dedicated to promoting justice and serving our local and global communities.

Provides members and friends with a variety of opportunities to express their faith through service.

SERVICE PROJECTS

LifeNet4Famiies, Habitat, Angel Tree continue.

UUSC Guest at Your Table: Thirty-seven members of River of Grass contributed $8325.

Summer School Supply Drive for ACTS. 30 participants.

Abilities Venti: In January 2015 the committee sponsored a folk concert with David Roth to promote and raise funds for Abilities Venti, a local support organization for people with disabilities.

City of Davie’s Spring Egg Hunt: SSJC had children attending decorate endangered species masks.

EDUCATION

Voter Registration Events: On Sept. 27, 2014, 10 volunteers assisted the League of Women

Voters at a table set up at the Pembroke Pines Arts and Crafts Fair. A total of 14 voter registrations.

Common Read: Reclaiming Prophetic Witness. Discussion group with our minister. May 2015

SSJC sponsored the Commit2Respond campaign in the congregation. SSJC solicited artworks and poems, and creating things from recycled materials.

SSJC distributed a Questionnaire to Prioritize Social Justice issues.

Guest Speaker Terry Lowman on Escalating Inequality April 6, 2015: The presentation was a series of Ted Talks and a discussion on the Growing Income Inequality facing most Americans.

ACTIONS

Martin Luther King Parade 35 people from River of Grass marched in the parade January 19, 2015. A truck was decorated with quotes from and a big poster of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Protest to Support Feeding the Homeless in Ft. Lauderdale: On Nov, 29th Rev. Amy Carol Webb and several members of the SSJC committee showed up to support feeding the homeless of Ft. Lauderdale. This was in response to the recent criminalization of feeding the homeless by the Ft. Lauderdale City Commission. The protest had over 50 participants and had some members were interviewed and photographed by local news media. The law was changed as a result of the protest; no citations have been handed out since that protest.

Marriage Equality Event On Sunday, Jan. 6, River of Grass offered free wedding ceremonies to GLBT people. Four couples got married. We charged nothing for this service, it was our pleasure to see the happy couples celebrate their love and their new lives together.

River of Grass UU Congregation 2013-2014

Service and Social Justice Committee (SSJC):

Mission: Dedicated to promoting justice and serving our local and global communities.

Provides members and friends with a variety of opportunities to express their faith through service that includes working with community service agencies.

Service Projects

  • Monthly volunteer day second Saturday. Food is packed for needy families, Incoming food is put on shelves. A total of about 120 members volunteer each year. One half of the offering plate`s undesignated funds go to LifeNet4Families. Yearly fundraiser: Empty Bowls where participants make a bowl, eat a simple meal and donate to LifeNet4Families. About 25 volunteers go to a local post office for the Postal Food Drive in May each year.
  • Habitat for Humanity: Yearly workday. In October 2014 twenty members volunteered.
  • Christmas Angel Tree: Participants take a tag from the tree and buy a present for a child from ChildNet. Fifty participants.
  • UUSC Guest at Your Table. About 35-40 members contribute every year.
  • Abilities Venti: Two Fundraising folks concerts with David Roth to promote the 501c nonprofit created by and for adults with disabilities. The organization advocates for people with developmental disabilities (DD), provides community inclusion activities, opportunities for employment and educate the community, people with DD and families. This is an educational opportunity for the clients and their families.

Education

  • Amendment Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters at the local library.
  • Common Reads: Books read: Behind the Kitchen Door, The New Jim Crow and Reclaiming Prophetic Witness. Discussion groups led by the minister.
  • Move to Amend The congregation voted to accept a Move to Amend Resolution at its Annual Meeting in June, 2014. Move To Amend Forum in May, 2014 with Michael Greenman from the Ohio Interfaith Move to Amend Caucus speaking.

 Actions

  • Voter Registration Events: Biannual event in 2012 and 2014 at Broward College and Davie Senior Center.  Approximately fourteen registered at each event. The Social Justice committee received  a “Get out the Vote” UUA grant in 2012 to fund that event.
  • SE Cluster presented the Move To Amend Conference titled Unplug Corporate Power in May 2014 at River of Grass.

Service and Social Justice Committee at work

The Service and Social Justice Committee won the Florida District`s Jim and June Barrett Social Justice Award in April 2013 for Social Justice Activism.

  • The committee had approx. 50 people from River of Grass sign the Water and Land Legacy Constitutional Amendment petition.
  • The committee led the congregation to become a dues paying member of UU Justice Florida.
  • The Green Sanctuary Committee was formed in the spring of 2014 and is developing an Action Plan to lead eventually to the Congregation`s accreditation as a Green Sanctuary.

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