Looking to get more involved in your community? Curious about the work others in our congregation are actively involved with? The Social Justice Council hosted a ‘social justice sharing hour’ on zoom in mid December so those in our community could share the volunteer work and social justice activities they engage in or would like to become involved with, enabling collaboration, greater coordination and broader participation. Below is a summary of the conversation with contacts if you’d like more information.
Current Efforts with Weekly Activities
Fridays for future – environmental strike – 4-5pm Hawaii State Capitol, every Friday starting January 7th.
Environmental Justice Task Force – Faith Action – Zoom meeting. Every Thursday at 5pm. https://www.faithactionhawaii.org/calendar
Carbon Cashback Task force – Zoom meeting. Every Monday at 1:30pm.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 849 2553 9749
For questions about items above, contact Matt Geyer – email@example.com but Matt claims to be terrible at email, so feel free to text or call 808-428-7754
Serving Aloha – Free food distribution (including dog and cat food) every Wednesday at Central Union Church (Beretania & Punahou). Show up for which portion you want to help with. Must wear closed toe shoes. 8am -10am setup. 9am-11am packing. 11am – 1pm food distribution; noon – 2pm cleanup Contact: Martha Balkin at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know you are with First Unitarian.
Have extra diapers? In development is the opportunity to donate these here as well. Contact Marie Anne email@example.com
The Pantry – There’s a need for a small group (maximum 6 people per shift) for a day of volunteering either on a Wednesday or a Friday to assist with feeding our communities. The Pantry is the only e-commerce food pantry in the country operating weekly, year-round, to provide free, nutritious food to the families of Hawaii. For 20+ years, The Pantry has provided a “grocery store style” experience so customers can choose the food they want, when they need it, ultimately eliminating food waste. This opportunity is in development. We hope to have details on specific dates and a contact person by January 19th and will update this page as soon as the information is available.
Creating Justice in Our Justice System
Transformative Justice Task Force- Faith Action Every other Wednesday from 6-7 https://www.faithactionhawaii.org/calendar
Honolulu Police Commission Task Force meets Tuesdays @ 6:30pm via Zoom. Questions: Carla Allison firstname.lastname@example.org 808 396-1488
Join other FUCH Community members on these opportunities
Help create a welcoming space for LGBTQ youth at the Nuuanu YMCA. Contact: Francine Less: email@example.com
Marie Anne’s Activities (she’s a force of nature, so she gets her own section:-)). Contact Marie Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to help with any of the following:
- Saving bakery items that are about to be thrown away and re-distributing – Saturday pickup at Hawaii Kai Safeway, Sunday at Kailua Safeway for distribution to orgs on the Windward side as well as IHS
- Storage is needed for furniture and household goods
- If you have a truck and you’re willing to volunteer to move “stuff” around as needed, please contact Marie Anne (email above)
Women of Waianae. They are an all-volunteer grassroots organization that raises scholarship funds for nontraditional students on the Waianae Coast. They raised over $40k this year through donations and yard sales. Please go to www.womenofwaianae.org. For questions or more information, contact Sue Yamane-Carpenter 808.258.8968
Family Promise. Family Promise is an amazing interfaith organization that helps families on the verge of homelessness get back on their feet. Four times per year, our church commits to providing meals for 20-30 people with Family Promise for 4-5 days over the course of a week. With 8-10 volunteers, a given volunteer pairs with another and they split up the cooking for one meal. At this time, our next service date is a bit up in the air due to changes in response to the pandemic. However, we’re always looking to grow our roster of volunteers willing to cook and/or deliver meals so no one volunteer is overburdened. If you’re interested in helping or would like more information, contact Lisa Wong Jacobs at email@example.com. Also, please see here for the Family Promise wishlist.
Hanauma Bay Education Program. Need volunteers to educate the public to help protect the area and treat it with care. Click here for more info.
Postcard Campaigns to Save our Democracy (increase voter turnout, protect people’s right to vote). Contact: Hilary Parkinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David Davis (808-724-4709) to find if anything is in progress, or if you’d like some assistance organizing something.