Local Service Project for General Assembly
2019 Service Project
This year’s service project will be posted here when confirmed.
2018 Service Project
The 2018 service project benefited Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO), a bi-state, social justice organization focused on affirming the dignity of all people especially those in communities least likely to have access to hope and opportunity. Established in 1977 in response to the rapid racial transition and financial disinvestment in Kansas City’s southeast neighborhoods throughout the 1970s.
As it has since its inception, CCO trains community leaders in effective community engagement techniques that enable them to successfully advocate for their families and communities. During nearly four decades of service to local communities, CCO has focused intently on building the capacity of local residents to successfully tackle persistent challenges (e.g., healthcare access, economic equity, civic participation and racial equity). CCO’s mission seeks to develop strong leaders, unite cross-sector partners to identify solutions to our connected challenges.
Past Service Projects
The 2017 Service Project collection benefited 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.
Attendees also participated in assembling “Days for Girls” Sustainable Menstrual Hygiene Kits to distribute to girls in New Orleans and around the world.
Some participants also sent 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 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.