The UUSJ coordinates multiple community justice building and empowerment initiatives. These include:
Several of UUSJ’s member congregations have been very active on the issue of Health Care, working with the group Health Care for All.
Many of UUSJ’s member congregations invest money in the Open Door Housing Fund, the successor to Unitarian Universalists for Affordable Housing. UUSJ’s office is housed in the offices of Open Door.
The Banner Neighborhood Project is focused on growing a more healthy and vibrant community for children and families by identifying problems that need solving and involving the entire neighborhood in creating transformative solutions. Rather than looking for solutions outside the community, Banner lifts up the vision and capabilities of the neighborhood residents and invites people from outside to partner with them in supporting community growth. There are two after school clubs staffed mainly by volunteer Unitarian Universalists. Social Activities for the children are also planned by local Unitarian Universalist congregations.
Further, members of UUSJ regularly volunteer to work with the Beacon House Community Ministry, a program that works with at-risk youth and families in Edgewood terrace in DC.
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