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.
RVUUF’s Social Justice and Action Committee supports Ballot Measure 101, a veto referendum on the Jan. 23, 2018 ballot.
From a description on BallotPedia:
“A ‘yes’ vote supports upholding certain taxes on healthcare and healthcare insurance to provide funding for Medicaid expansion by approving five sections of House Bill 2391.
“A ‘no’ vote opposes certain taxes on healthcare and healthcare insurance to provide funding for Medicaid expansion by rejecting five sections of House Bill 2391.”
Visit the SJ&A Committee table in the RVUUF lobby following the Nov. 19 service to learn more about Measure 101.
RVUUF’s Religious Explorations youth will soon assemble boxes of warm winter socks and gloves for adults who seek refuge at Ashland’s Pioneer Hall homeless shelter. All RVUUFians are invited to help by donating socks or gloves for adult men or women. John Wieczoreck says that new, thick, wool or cotton work socks are the most useful items, but insulated gloves are also needed. Look for the green collection bin under the balcony through Thursday, Nov. 30.
RVUUF’s Social Justice and Action (SJA) Committee will screen “I Am Not Your Negro,” 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, “under the balcony” at RVUUF. Discussion will follow the screening.
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.
“Laundry Love,” which has an effort in Ashland, Oregon, will be the recipient of the third-Sunday offering, this Sunday, June 18, at RVUUF. RVUUF member, Martha de Aquino and United Church of Christ member, Laurie Carter will speak about their volunteer experience with Laundry Love each month.
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.
RVUUF has been operating an “Overnight Parking Program.” The purpose is to give people who have no alternative but to live and sleep in their cars a place to park overnight with a minimum of services. RVUUF has allocated three parking spots behind Emerson House, and all three are currently assigned to guests.
According to this week’s “News to Note,” before RVUUF permits a person to park overnight, the person is interviewed and has to sign a document, “basically agreeing that they will be respectful of the property, other guests and the neighbors, and indemnifying the Fellowship.” Parking is available to them between the hours of 8 p.m. and 9 a.m. the next morning. RVUUF provides a portable toilet, a place to dispose of garbage and guest access to the Internet. They are also welcome to grab a cup of coffee from the RVUUF Builders as they leave in the morning.
If you hear of someone who would like to take advantage of the program please have them contact Linden Crouch, John Wieczorek, or John Limb. “If we have space, we will meet with them and ‘vet’ them and have them sign the agreement forms. We do give priority to families.”