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Faith in Action: Social Justice Work at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist

Though Live Oak UU Fellowship is a young organization, we are already making a difference in our community. Social Justice work is vital to our community. Below are a few examples of actions we have taken so far.

In the fall of 2014, a new team of people formed the Social Justice & Service Group (SJSG) for Live Oak UU. Here is their charter. If you are interested in learning more about their efforts -- or want to get involved with some of their work -- please email and note your interest in SJSG. We will put you in touch with the team.

Live Oak is an ongoing partner with the Alameda Point Collaborative (APC), a supportive housing community that uses all its resources to help families and individuals break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. APC is the largest supportive housing provider for homeless families in Alameda County. Their wide range of services give residents the tools they need for long-term success.

Live Oak worked with APC on their Harvest Festival, October 20, 2012. Live Oak'ers cooked, set up, staffed carnival games, and promoted this popular event. Enjoy a few photos of Live Oak'ers and others.

Live Oak was again one of the co-sponsors of the Harvey Milk Day Celebration in Alameda. We provided children's activities -- well attended and appreciated -- during the presentations. In addition, we staffed an infomation table and were recognized as one of the inclusive, welcoming congregations in Alameda. And we are looking forward to next year's celebration.

Live Oak adults and youth participated in 350: The International Day of Climate Action on Oct. 24, 2009. See more photos of us in action, part of the human "necklace" encircling the summit of Mt. Diablo. Many thanks to Peter Hand for the photos.

Live Oak at International Day of Climate Action event
Live Oak UU joined other Alameda religious institutions for the Faith Communities Coming Out, Coming Together Walk & Celebration on Oct. 11, 2009, celebrating the LGBTIQQ individuals and families living in our communities. Thanks to Jim Freschi and Niels Kjellund for the photos. More photos and press coverage .

Several times, members of Live Oak joined other volunteers to help with planting, weeding, and harvesting at the Sunol farm operated by People's Grocery, a community-based organization in West Oakland that develops creative solutions to the health problems in our community that stem from a lack of access to and knowledge about healthy, fresh foods.

We have donated our Sunday service plate collection to People's Grocery several times.

Workers helping on People's Grocery farm

Giving Away the Plate: Donations to Community Agencies

At each of our Sunday worship services, we donate ALL the monies collected in the plate to non-profit agencies supporting people in need. From February-2009 through July-2016, our members and friends have donated:

Almost $75,000 to the various charities (listed below).

We regularly support the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Alameda Point Collaborative. In addition, we have donated to all of the non-profits listed below (some of them multiple times):

We also have donated generously to a number of Unitarian Univeralist related programs:



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