Committee Meetings are Second Sunday of each month ~ 9:30 am
We welcome and support anyone who would like to have Arlington Street Church address a social justice issue of importance, and has energy and ideas to help make it happen. Come to our meetings! Join a task force! Form a task force on an issue that is important to you! Contribute your ideas, energy, and talents to help us keep Social Action the important part of Arlington Street Church it has historically been. Our committee chair is Ed Wright at email@example.com.
We also like to support people who are working with groups outside the church. Bring brochures and leaflets for our table and bulletin board to let people know about the good work you are doing, and how they can be involved.
We staff a Social Action and letter writing table most Sundays during coffee hour, with letters addressed to public officials or business leaders on a local, national, or international issues. You can sign a letter, write a letter about an issue that is important to you, or help out at the table anytime.
Friday Night Supper Program, Inc.
Help your homeless and hungry neighbors!
The Friday Night Supper Program has been serving hot, nutritious, meals to over 150 homeless and low-income people every Friday evening since 1984. There are many ways in which you can support the program:
· Make a tax deductible cash donation
· Donate clothing and toiletries. Our clothing closet is in great need of men's pants (sizes 36-40) and winter coats.
· Support our annual Holiday Bags campaign during which we distribute warm clothing, toiletries, socks, and holiday candy to our guests.
Secure donations can be made by following the DONATE link on our website, www.fridaynightsupper.org. To volunteer or for more information, contact the Executive Director, Amber Pittenger at, 617-536-7050 x22 or email Amber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rice Sticks and Tea
A food pantry for Asian families; a project of the UU Urban Ministries
Building a Social Justice Education Movement
Saturday and Sunday, May 17th & 18th ~ English High, Jamaica Plain, Boston
Friday, 5-7:30 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
This is a free conference for educators, students, and activists that aims to:
· Facilitate dialogue, share resources, and build strategy among those interested in learning and teaching about education for liberation
· Develop youth leadership and youth voice in education
· Build a movement for liberatory education that combines the visions of youth, communities, families, and teachers
More information can be found at besj.weebly.com.
The New Jim Crow ~ Workshop
Sunday, May 19th ~ 12:30 pm, Hunnewell Chapel
The Committee for Friends and Relatives of Prisoners (CFROP) works with volunteers to help prisoners and their families stay in connection, to promote self-help, and to provide financial and emotional support resources during and after imprisonment.
Harold Adams, the director, will educate us about the main projects CFROP is working on, as well as the issues affecting prisoners and their families in the greater Boston area and around Massachusetts. We will hear about the opportunities, timeslots, and trainings for volunteers. We expect to have one or more breakout sessions, where we might practice skills for volunteering at upcoming community events in the area. You will find much to engage you, even if this is your first "New Jim Crow" event.
Just Coffee—Just for You!
Friends, we have a new supply of Just Coffee! Please come and get yours at the Social Action table after the service. Just $12 per pound for great 100% organic coffee! Help support the grower cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico, www.justcoffee.org.
In Service at Arlington Street Church
There have been so many wonderful ways that Arlington Street Church has reached out to serve each other, our community, and needs beyond. Let's give a big thank you to everyone who donated their time and/or resources to make these efforts happen!
Villages without Walls
Villages without Walls anti-violence work has been supported by Arington Street Church since Jubilee began. In 2008 and 2009, ASC provided partial funding for Villages's summer employment and training program for gang involved youth in Dorchester, MA. The program is now operating year round on a shoestring budget, provided this year by the Boston Foundation.
Arlington Street Church members have provided service as part of our Jubilee project, in the form of technical assistance, board support, community dialogues, food pantry support, and sheetrock work days. In 2011, $1,250 of the Fund-A-Need money donated to Jubilee is supporting the production of a documentary by Villages program participants.
"Secure Communities"—Not in Massachusetts!
Arlington Street Church in conjunction with New Sanctuary Movement and a broad group of immigrant rights and community groups worked hard to defeat the frightening "Secure Communities" program from being implemented in MA. In response to our activity, Governor Patrick recently announced that his administration would not endorse this federal program aimed at finding and deporting undocumented immigrants. The work continues! We are now actively engaged in opposing hateful budget amendments targeting undocumented people.
More Support for New Orleans
The New Orleans Style High Tea fundraiser and $1,250 from Jubilee Fund-A-Need donations helped our volunteers travel to New Orleans in May, 2011 and purchase and install a drip irrigation system for the Lamanche Community Farm in the Lower 9th Ward.
2011 Haitian Coalition Trip to Haiti
Jubilee Fund-A-Need donations of $1,250 and funds raised at the International Gala for Haiti helped Arlington Street Church to once again work with the Haitian Coalition. Our trip to Haiti in 2011 was two-pronged. First, we replaced the deteriorating tent school in Camp Caradeux with a new 4-classroom school outfitted with amenities that foster learning. Second, a team of medical volunteers provided assistance to earthquake victims by holding medical and psychological clinics in the camp, while outreaching to other areas. The team delivered workshops on health education, substance abuse, skills building, and other topics.
Only A Child
Only A Child has used the $1,390 it received from Jubilee Fund-A-Need to pay for a year of university for Marvin, a youngster in the program. He became an orphan at 8 years of age and became homeless at 10, when his grandmother died. He was a hard core street kid on drugs until he turned his life around after coming to Only A Child. He works full time in the carpentry shop, cares for his 9 year old son with help from George Leger, the founder and director of Only A Child, and goes to university at night. Arlington Street Church's support for many years has helped to make successes like this possible.
Service Learning Trip to Arizona Borderlands
New Sanctuary Movement used its Jubilee Fund-A-Need donation of $908 for expenses related to the church's delegation which spent one week of learning, witness, service, and reflection in southern Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico. During the trip, the delegation worked with the interfaith humanitarian-aid organization, Tucson Samaritans; the bi-national border ministry, Frontera de Cristo; and the immersion-education organization, BorderLinks.
School Backpacks for Homeless Children
As part of annual MLK National Day of Service, Arlington Street Church raised $809 to provide K-12 homeless children with new, high-quality backpacks filled with school supplies. In the spring of 2011 we purchased 32 backpacks and the contents. Our children filled the backpacks during Sunday CRE, and School on Wheels of Massachusetts distributed them in time for the start of the new school year. Thanks to all who gave so generously to make this possible.
A Week of Service in Haiti
Check out the Faith without Borders blog to read about Arlington Street Church's week of service in Haiti.
Coffee Hour Is Not Magic
Week after week, our dedicated team of hard-working volunteers, headed up by Sharon Pressly-Fiero and Jon Ellertson, manage to nourish our bodies deliciously and provide a forum for us to visit with each other after worship. They do the menu planning, shopping, cooking, cleaning, AND their efforts and your donations helped contribute over $5,000 for church operations in 2011. We thank the team for taking such good care of us!
And How We Served Each Other!
You bought Fair Trade coffee and gifts for the holidays and supported not only the producers, but the work of the Social Action Committee. You ordered pies at Thanksgiving from Community Servings, a non-profit that prepares and delivers daily lunches and dinners to homebound individuals. You sang in the choir and delighted us with your voices. You helped clean the sanctuary at the Dust-A-Thon. You contacted folks to remind them to support the church with a Covenant Renewal pledge. You helped put on the splendid Indulge Gala to raise money for all sorts of good works. You sang carols at Brighton House; you lead a class, a course, or a workshop at the church; you helped get Inside/OSS ready; you were part of the worship team; you worked on a committee and helped do the business of the church; you reached out to newcomers; you came to worship together!