Social Action

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” –  Helen Keller

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Empty Bowls - Raising Funds to Feed the Hungry

Empty Bowls – Raising Funds to Feed the Hungry

Our Goals

 “Service Is Our Prayer”:  We work to create, coordinate, and implement social justice activities — both within the Summit community and the greater community at large.

We strive to:

  • Educate and lead others in socially responsible behavior
  • Model compassionate social responsibility to our children

Current Projects

What kinds of projects are we involved in?  Here’s a rundown on some recent and ongoing  Social Action activities: (Click on any link highlighted in green for more information.)

  • Everyday Social Action – As a congregation, we will explore and share how each and every one of us can make a difference in bettering our world. Big or small, there is something for all!  Use the calendar link to see and organization chart and calendar for 2015-16.    Calendar
  • Food Collection Basket:  A basket is always present in the hallway off the greeting room to receive canned and boxed food items. Why not pick up an extra item or two while grocery shopping?
  • Used Battery Recycling: The collection basket at the end of the hallway beyond the water cooler is a safe and easy way to dispose of used batteries.
  • Crisis House:  The mission of Crisis House is “to serve the community by providing socio-economically disadvantaged and homeless families and individuals the guidance and resources necessary to achieve self-sufficiency success.” Every year, Summit provides Crisis House with hygiene packets for the homeless, dried and canned foods, baby items such as formula and diapers, and Christmas gifts for our adopted family.
  • Esperanza Colegio of Tijuana:  Summit provides support for a student at Esperanza, a school that provides an enriching education to children in a very poor area of Tijuana.
  • Pride Parade: Summitarians, along with members of other San Diego UU congregations, participate each July in the Pride Parade to show our support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
  • Supporting our Veterans – For the past two years, Summit has provided funds to help improve the lives of  our veterans.  This past year we  supported a non profit that finances a veteran job-training program at Archi’s Acres. Archi’s Acres is a farming enterprise based in Escondido that has developed sustainable, hydroponic, organic farming.

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    Workers at Archi’s Acres

  • Kiva – Over the past several years, Summit has supported Kiva, “a non profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.” Summit has provided over 50 micro-loans totaling more than $4000.
  • Santee Food Bank – What better way to be a good neighbor in Santee than to help feed those in need in our own backyard. In addition to our on-going collection of canned and dried food, Summit collects barrels of food designated for the Santee Food Bank for an entire month.  Six barrels of food is our current top record!

What can you do?

Look for the “Social Action Corner” in the newsletter for ways you can participate in upcoming social action activities. Or even better, come to a Social Action Meeting! We would love to have you join us! We meet the third Sunday of the month at 11:30 a.m. after the service in the library.

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