Through our Change for the World project, half of the non-pledge offering in the Sunday morning collection baskets goes to an organization chosen for its dedication to our Unitarian Universalist values and principles and its fiscal effectiveness.
Change for the World promotes the transformative power of generosity. By sharing our resources with organizations that reflect our Unitarian Universalist values, we embrace our deep and abiding connection with others.
Change for the World is anchored by our congregation's support for Martin Luther King Elementary School, which is located near our church. Every July through September, we accept contributions for King school; our donations buy coats, shoes, prescriptions and supplies that help low-income students arrive at school ready to focus on learning.
In addition to our annual support for King Elementary, we send donations to a range of organizations that are making the world a better place. In the process, we learn about some of the needs in our community and around the world. This quarter, we again support Direct Relief, whose medical assistance programs equip health professionals working in resource-poor communities to meet the challenges of diagnosing, treating, and caring for people without regard to politics, religion, gender, race, or ability to pay.
Previous support has also gone to:
Center for Reproductive Rights: The Center for Reproductive Rights uses the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.
FISH of Vancouver. This well-respected community agency provides emergency, nutritionally-balanced food without charge to anyone declaring their need.
Direct Relief. Direct Relief works to equip healthcare providers who care for vulnerable people on an ongoing basis and during emergencies.
One Heart World-Wide. OHWW works in Nepal to provide maternal care in the poorest and most remote provinces. Before OHWW started their work, maternal and infant mortality rates were very high. They have drastically cut maternal and neonatal mortality. They have trained and equipped 3,870 community outreach volunteers and 249 skilled birth attendants, and served over 24,000 pregnant women.
The Council for the Homeless is a strong voice for compassionate, practical solutions to local housing problems including the Winter Hospitality Overflow shelter where many of us volunteer each winter. Council for the Homeless also operates the Housing Solutions Center, where clients receive in-person assessments to determine which type of housing program best meets their needs and a free voice mail service.
International Rescue Committee. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC delivers lifesaving care to people fleeing conflict and natural disaster. Year after year, the IRC is one of the highest-ranking nonprofits for accountability, transparency, and efficient use of contributions. Across 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC is helping to restore safety and dignity to millions forced to flee from war, persecution and natural disaster.
HelpAge, winner of the Conrad Hilton Prize. This group works world-wide to help older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives.
Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres), a Nobel Peace Prize winner with the mission: "Medical aid where it is needed most. Independent. Neutral. Impartial." Doctors Without Borders is on the forefront of caring for Ebola patients and containing the spread of illness in three West African countries.
The Children's Center in Vancouver offers comprehensive mental health care for children, youth and families.
The Himalayan Cataract Project changes lives in developing countries by providing high-quality, cost-efficient surgeries to restore sight – it's one of the most cost-effective public health interventions, according to the World Health Organization.
ShelterBox USA delivers aid boxes that contain everything that an extended family needs to start rebuilding their lives after a disaster. Boxes include tents, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, a stove and tools.
Community Services Northwest in Vancouver treats individuals and families struggling with addition, mental illness, homelessness, or maybe all three.
The Queen Mothers of the Manya Krobo/Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office provides education and a future for children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in Ghana.
Cultural Survival -- The Community Radio Project in Guatemala promotes indigenous voices and rights.
PATH, a Seattle-based health organization, develops innovative initiatives to save lives and promote health equity for women and children.
ECOF - Educational Opportunities for Children and Families – provides comprehensive early childhood education and family support programs in Southwest Washington.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's work to reduce gender-related violence in Haiti and assist with post-earthquake rebuilding.
Engender Health works to improve reproductive health for people around the world, including equal rights, contraception, HIV and childbirth.
Medical Teams International provides aid to people around the world. Our donations helped Medical Teams provide dental care to low-income, uninsured children and adults in the Pacific Northwest.
Partners in Health was the recipient of a $6,000 collection to help and empower the people of Haiti.
Women for Women International improves the lives of women affected by violence in Congo.
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