Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Jackson County will be the third-Sunday Social Justice collection recipient this Sunday, Nov. 19. CASA is an organization of volunteer advocates who help abused and neglected children find a safe, permanent home.
“In 2015, there were 840 founded cases of abuse and neglect in Jackson County,” according to CASA of Jackson County. “In an overburdened system, these children risk slipping through the cracks and suffering from further abuse. CASA volunteers have the power to prevent this tragic reality. These dedicated, highly-trained community members serve as fact finders for the judge by researching the background of each assigned case. They speak for the child in the courtroom, representing the child’s best interests, and work to move the child as quickly and effectively as possible through the system and into a safe, permanent home.”
Katy Fox will explain more about CASA during Sunday’s service.
RVUUF’s Social Justice and Action Committee selects a non-profit group to be the recipient of collection-plate offerings taken on the third Sunday of each month. Use RVUUF’s contact form to connect with the Social Justice and Action Committee.
During the fifth Sunday of a month, the offering that is collected, goes to the Ministerial Discretionary Fund. During the most recent fifth Sunday, Oct. 29, givers’ generous contributions provided $547.
The Interfaith Social Justice Coalition will hold its next meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St. in Ashland.
The 2017 Rogue Valley Pride Parade takes place Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to noon. RVUUF plans to pull a float this year, and is offering options to walk or ride with RVUUF during the Pride Parade. Set-up starts at 10 a.m.
RVUUF’s Social Justice and Action Committee’s Winter Homeless Shelter Program is the third-Sunday offering recipient for September. John Wieczorek will present on behalf of the SJ&A Committee.
This is RVUUF’s sixth winter of providing a safe, warm and dry place to sleep for those who do not have shelter. RVUUF supplies the no-frills shelter with blankets, sleeping pads, coffee, and most importantly, volunteers. The Social Justice and Action Committee appreciates the Fellowship’s continued support in providing this vital service to our most vulnerable community members.
Wolf Hoppe, an adjunct professor of law, will lecture on “President Trump and the Constitution,” 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, in RVUUF’s Great Hall. Hoppe’s presentation is co-sponsored by RVUUF’s Social Justice and Action Committee, with the Mountain Meadows Democrats Plus Club.
RVUUF’s Social Justice and Action Committee is seeking new members. This vital committee engages the wider community through social action and promotion of social justice, and has focused on homeless issues this year. If interested, use RVUUF’s contact form to connect with committee co-chairs Diane Werich and Linden Crouch.
Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold its Ashland City Band concert potluck, 5:45 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at the Lithia Park Bandshell (up the street, near the cement wheelchair-access area). All are invited to this annual RVUUF event.
RVUUF is organizing “Circle Dinners” during the coming year: informal gatherings to “break bread” and further the RVUUF community connection.
RVUUF’s Social Justice and Action Committee presents a screening of the documentary film “Big Pharma: Market Failure,” 7 to 9 p.m. June 22, in the Great Hall at RVUUF. Admission is free.