Local Service Project for General Assembly
2017 Service Projects
The Service Project collection during General Assembly 2017 will benefit the Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC). The mission of the FFLIC is to create a better life for all of Louisiana’s youth, especially those involved in or targeted by the juvenile justice system.
The scope of their work includes Transformative Leadership Development, Juvenile Justice Reform, and Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline.
Hands-on Projects During General Assembly
General Assembly attendees are invited to participate in service projects that will benefit over 1,000 persons. Advance registration is required for the onsite assembly line and for the projects that will take place off-site.
Registration for hands-on service projects is separate from registration for General Assembly. You may complete service project registration prior to GA registration, but you must be registered for GA to participate in the service projects. Service Project registration will be available here on March 1. Space is limited.
Three service projects will be held at a venue within two miles of the convention center. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the service project venue. You may register for one of the three off-site service projects below:
- The “Red Flame Hunters” project will engage with members of this unique all-youth Black Mardi Gras Indian Tribe as they learn and prepare to be culture bearers for their community. This service project will include participating with the youth in creative arts such as sewing, drawing, and music. Thursday morning, June 22; leave convention center at 8:00 a.m. and return by 12:15 p.m.
- In the Ubuntu Village service project, Ubuntu leaders will share the group’s history and local work delivering social, economic, and transformational justice to children and communities, working primarily with youth who are involved in the criminal justice system and their families. In addition there will be dialogue around how we work and build towards collective liberation across intersectionality. The GA Service Project participants will phone bank and help with a mailing. Thursday morning, June 22; leave convention center at 8:00 a.m. and return by 12:15 p.m.
- In the Big Easy / Real Life: An Immersion Experience, participants will work on a rebuilding project that helps families displaced by Hurricane Katrina to return home. With support from Long Haul staff and Starr King School for the Ministry faculty, participants will immerse themselves in the culture and history of New Orleans and learn more about local movements for racial, economic and climate justice. Attendance at preparation workshop at GA is mandatory. Service portion will be Saturday, June 24; leave convention center at 8:00 a.m. and return by 5:00 p.m.
Onsite Assembly Line
“Days for Girls” Sustainable Menstrual Hygiene Kits fight Poverty and Isolation. An assembly line of volunteers will package kits to distribute to girls in New Orleans and around the world.
Those who register for the assembly line are encouraged to attend the Days for Girls Workshop on Friday at 3:15 p.m. The workshop will cover the mission of Days for Girls, the activities of its chapters, how the kits afford girls the freedom to attend school, and how to assemble the kits.
The assembly line will form in the GA Exhibit Hall beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 24. You may register for one of the four time slots below:
- Kit Assembly Shift One: 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
- Kit Assembly Shift Two: 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
- Kit Assembly Shift Three: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
- Kit Assembly Shift Four: 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Onsite Drop-in (pre-registration not required)
Participants will send postcards and personal messages in other formats to incarcerated children and incarcerated members of Church of the Larger Fellowship in Louisiana and around the country. The project will take place in the GA Exhibit Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday.
Past Service Projects
The 2016 Service Project was to support the Horizon Prison Initiative. Horizon’s mission is to “transforms prisoners who transform prisons and communities”. Horizon works to restore the incarcerated to purposeful living through mentoring, education, and spiritual growth.
The 2015 Service Project focused on the challenges faced by people returning to our communities from incarceration. The Reentry Transition Center is one of several reentry programs operated by Mercy Corps Northwest.
The 2014 Service Project addressed hunger and homelessness in Rhode Island. Local organizers conducted an Empty Bowls project during General Assembly. Collections benefiedt two local organizations, Housing First RI and McAuley House.
The Sunday Morning Collection for General Assembly 2013 was given to the Kentucky Branch of Interfaith Power and Light, a national organization that has local and state chapters that provides an interfaith religious response to global warming. This campaign intends to protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard the health of all creation, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all.
The 2012 Service Project was a Naturalization/Citizenship Fair, where Unitarian Universalist (UU) Volunteers assisted permanent residents who were eligible for citizenship in completing their final citizenship applications, while others performed support tasks.
The “Beat the Heat” Backpack Project provided the children of the Dysart Community Center with books, hats, water bottles, other necessities, and treats, packed into a backpack for each of them. Area children spend much time indoors during the summer heat, and the backpacks will help them through the summer.
Donations from the Sunday morning service at GA were shared between two Phoenix-area recipient organizations this year. The two organizations are: the Comités de Defensa del Barrio (CDBs) and Puente AZ.
The 2011 Service Project was In Our Own Back Yards youth summer camp. Over $32,000 was raised in donations. In Our Own Back Yards is an interfaith, service-based summer camp experience designed to open the eyes of campers to the harsh reality of poverty in the Charlotte Mecklenburg community.
Our 2010 Service Project with nearby Hope Community offered opportunities for hands-on service as well as donations. General Assembly attendees participated in a wide range of tasks including gardening, landscaping and painting. In addition, over $40,000 was raised in donations.
The 2009 service project raised $30,000 for the Utah Pride Center. The Utah Pride Center provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, adults, and families through a variety of programs. With the money raised from Unitarian Universalists at General Assembly, the Utah Pride Center will expand their services for LGBT youth.
Hispanic Unity was selected as the 2008 service project; $23,000 was raised. The purpose of Hispanic Unity of Florida is to serve immigrants and their families from varying ethnicities, by empowering them to be successful in the United States.
In 2007, General Assembly raised $42,000 for Village Gardens, a sustainable urban agriculture program in Portland, OR.