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Social Responsibility Council

 Welcome to Social Action

  The Council recognizes four basic facets of social  action:

  • Education/Awareness
  • Service
  • Action
  • Dialogue/Reflection

 First Parish has always held social action to be one of its most important values. In a recent survey of activity, parishioners reported involvement in nearly sixty organizations, local, regional, and global. Social action programming is coordinated by the Social Responsibility Council which was funded by a vote of the semiannual Parish Meeting held in October, 2001; monies flow to the Council through First Parish’s endowment. The goal of the Council is to act on behalf of the parish to coordinate and fund projects that express Unitarian Universalist values within our community. A by-law establishing the Council was voted at the 2002 Annual Meeting of the parish, and seven members were elected to serve terms ranging from one  to three years.


 

 

An important initiative of First Parish's Social Responsibility Council

is a program of grant-making and donations to agencies and organizations that represent our core values.

 

 

Grants Awarded For  2011-2012 Program Year

 

 

        Bedford Community Table - up to $895

This money goes to church participating in providing our share of a dinner for people in Bedford every Thursday.  We usually serve five times a year, this year they may be a surplus due to a reduced number of serving days.

        AIDs Quilt - $200

We hang parts of the AIDs Quilt in our sanctuary every year to remind people of the human suffering from this disease. This grant provides shipping to the traveling quilt's next destination. See page 4 at the above link 

        Milk for Lowell Transitional Living Center - $150

The church serves dinner in Lowell once a month and provides the milk served on those evenings 

        Lowell Iraqi Families Team (LIFT) - $1,750

LIFT provides support and friendship to Iraqi refugees in Lowell.  As part of that process, they buy winter footwear for Iraqi families who are coming from a place that is never cold. This program also enables families to receive mattress encasement and other inexpensive rememdies to an ongoing bed bug infestation.  Also provided are needed bicycle locks. .

        Bedford Transistional Families - $500

This grant provided some funds along with other donars to buy and install a commercial washer and dryer for families housed at Bedford Plazza.

        Occupy Boston Supplies - $500

This grant provided ten much needed sleeping bags..

        Youth Service Opportunities Project - $750

This assisted chaperone expenses on the YSOP trip.to NYC. 

See page 6 of the Parishioner link provided in the title above.

        UUSC Just Works Project Expenses - $2000

This grant provided partial expenses for Revenend Megan Lynes and Ali Hon-Aderson to spend a week on this Haitian UUSC project.

       Bedford High School Tenacity Project - $500

The SRC provided scholarship funds to a Lowell student who qualified by being part of a winning team. The program encourages minority students to improve upon their academic performance.

       Woodie Guthrie Concert - $1000

The SRC provided this support for the concert whose proceeds went to the Huntington's Disease Society of America and to the American Federation of Musicians, Local 1000, which supports traveling musicians. .

 

 

 

 

 

Grants Awarded For  2010-2011 Program Year

 

 

        Wulang Village Health Clinic in South Sudan - $500

Thank you for your contribution of $500.00 toward our mission to build schools and provide opportunity to remote villages in South Sudan. You are making a difference in the lives of many young people who are the future of their communities and their country.

        Brazilian Immigrant Center - $450 support office needs

Founded in Boston by immigrant workers in 1995, the Brazilian Immigrant Center has always functioned as a worker’s center, designed to support and defend workers’ rights under current Massachusetts and US labor laws.  In 2008 BIC also absorbed the smaller Brazilian Workers’ Center of East Boston. Our programs center on organizing, advocacy and training designed to reduce marginalization of immigrants, and promote their empowerment as workers and civic participants.

  Peace and Justice Committee Film License - $199

This allows our peace and Justice Committee to show documentaries on Social Justice at First Parish.

        Bedford Community Table - up to $850

This money goes to church participating in providing our share of a dinner for people in Bedford every Thursday.  We usually serve five times a year.

        AIDs Quilt - $200

We hang parts of the AIDs Quilt in our sanctuary every year to remind people of the human suffering from this disease.

        Milk for Lowell Transitional Living Center - $150

The church serves dinner in Lowell once a month and provides the milk for that night. 

        Wish-List Tree Project - $25

This for materials covering the stars that go on the tree every year for parishioners to provide items for the Lowell Transitional Living Center.

        LIFT - Footwear program - $1,000

 LIFT provides support and friendship to Iraqi refugees in Lowell.  As part of that process, they buy winter footwear for Iraqi families who are coming from a place that is never cold.  

        LIFT - Bedbug program - $1,000

This program enables families to receive mattress encasement and other inexpensive remedies to a bedbug infestation.

        The Faces of Mental Illness in your Classroom - $450

This grant allows educators to see former students who struggle with mental illness and hear their stories.

        UUSC grant for emergency work in Pakistan - $500

This work was for families in Pakistan displaced by floods. 

        From Here to Hue - $500

This assists the An Hoa Social Caring Center in Hue, Vietnam. This center is part of an orphanage and assist children with disabilities.

        Film Race to Nowhere -$150

This film was supported by the local pfa's in Bedford as well as SRC. It is a documentary regarding our children and their levels of stress. 

        UU Urban Ministry - $650

The SRC provided two camp scholarships for urban children for the upcoming summer.

       Generations Incorporated - $300

The SRC provided two camp scholarships for urban children for the upcoming summer.

 

 

 

 

Grants Awarded For  2009-2010 Program Year
 
 
        Aids Memorial Quilt
        Anti-Racism Workshop
        Bedford Community Table
        Curry Kitchen
        FP Bedford Partner Church Summer Day Camp
        From Here to Hue
        Habitat for Humanity
        Iraqi Families
        Milk for Lowell Transitional Living Center
        FP Peace & Justice Film Series
        Running Water To Rebuild Hand Pumps in Haiti
        Shakespeare In Love fund raiser to reduce homelessness
        UU Mass Action
        UU Urban Ministry
        Welcoming Congregation
       Wish-List Tree Project

 
 

 

Grants Awarded for 2008-2009 Program Year

 

 

        First Parish Habitat Krewe

        John Glenn Middle School Anti-bullying

        FP Peace & Justice Film Series

        International Convocation for UU Women

        Aids Memorial Quilt

        Bedford Community Table

        Milk for Lowell Transitional Living Center

        Spiritual Journey Home from War

        Global Neighbor series

        Progress Fund Bedford Youth Services

        FP RE Trip to Koinonia Farm

        DVSN High Risk Response Team

        Reunification of Sudanese refugee w/ family

        UU Mass Action

        UU Urban Ministry Explorer’s Club

        UU Urban Ministry Summer Appeal

 

 

 

 

Attachments:
Download this file (First Parish Social Responsibility Council Awards 2008.doc)First Parish Social Responsibiity Council Awards 2008-09[List of recipients during this calendar year]20 Kb
Download this file (src annual report 08-09.pdf)[SRC 2008 - 09 Annual Report][ ]27 Kb
 

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