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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Mar 15: Social Justice

 

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Social Justice

2nd Saturdays @ 11am, Social Justice Council: 
 
The Social Justice Council meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 11am.  All are invited to participate.
 
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Meeting ID: 823 1979 8034
Passcode: 483148
 
 
Congregational Climate Convergence
March 22
10am-1:30 pm PT / 11am-2:30 pm MT / 12-3:30 pm CT / 1-4:30 ET
 
Calling all congregational lay leaders and religious professionals passionate about climate justice! Join Side With Love, Green Sanctuary 2030, and UU Ministry for Earth for a day of community nourishment, resource sharing and skill-building to support your local eco ministries!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our Share the Plate for the month of March is Youth On Their Own: YOTO
 
The Problem
YOTO’s chief focus is education, specifically a high school diploma, as a tool to break the cycle of poverty. Arizona currently has the 2nd worst graduation rate among the 50 US states (NCES, 2018-2019 school year data) and over 5,600 homeless students have been identified in Pima County (Arizona Department of Education, 2014). Graduation rates for youth experiencing homelessness are extremely low due to the stress they face with their daily circumstances. Without the stability of a home and support of a family, youth experiencing homelessness face unique barriers to education such as the inability to meet school enrollment requirements, high mobility/instability, lack of transportation, poor health, fatigue, and hunger. When these challenges are not addressed, youth are unable to enroll in or attend school, preventing them from obtaining the education that is both their legal right and their best hope for escaping poverty.
 
Our Solution
Youth On Their Own (YOTO) supports the high school graduation and continued success of youth experiencing homelessness in Pima County. We strive to eliminate barriers to education and empower housing insecure youth in our community to stay in school. For over 35 years, we have supported this unique demographic by providing financial assistance, basic human needs, guidance, and more. With the help of our amazing YOTO Family, YOTO has supported over 20,000 local youth in their journeys toward high school graduation!
Cafe Justo!
 
Sales - and delivery - of Café Justo coffee are always going. This Social Justice Council (SJC) project benefits small-scale, shade-grown organic coffee growers in Chiapas, Mexico. 
 
Please contact Sue Watts for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 
 
MONTHLY CASA MARIA EGG RUN
As most of you know, the SJC (Social Justice Council), on the last Tuesday of every month, collect hard boiled eggs, other food items, good used clothing, towels, toiletries, pet food and other suitable items for one of our favorite non profits, the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen. Every day, Casa Maria feed up to 500 hungry homeless and low income Tucsonans. Many members of our congregation make hard boiled eggs, and meet a UUCT volunteer at our church, on the last Tuesday of each month, between 8 and 9 am. 
 Each month, a UUCT member can sign up to drive along with donations for an unforgettable tour of Casa Maria. 
If you would like more information about our UUCT commitment with Casa Maria, please email Sue Watts, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
 
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
 
Meet Sue Watts, this week's Ben's Bells Bellee! Daniel Docks nominated Watts for her volunteer work and kindness in the community.
From Docks: 'I know my friend Sue Watts because we boarded our dog with her when we first moved to Tucson. She is an animal lover who frequently helps dogs to be placed in 'forever loving homes.' Each week she takes her West Highland terrier to an elementary school where she helps students read to her and her dog.
'She is semi-retired from dog-boarding now and wanted to do something that would benefit the community. Volunteering each month, Sue travels around Tucson collecting dozens of hard-boiled eggs, gently used clothing, and non-perishable food items provided by friends and neighbors. She then takes them to the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen and distributes them there making sure each person receives several eggs, a sandwich, and some sort of dessert. Sue collects at least 50 dozen eggs each month and dozens of clothing items. She does this willingly because she feels a commitment to Tucson.
'Having been born and raised in England before coming to the U.S., Sue wanted to become an American citizen and was able to proudly do so in 2015.'
If you know someone who inspires kindness, nominate them for a Ben's Bell at bensbells.org/ forms/nominate-a-bellee.
 
 
 
 

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