homeless talks sanctuary 2Like many Unitarian Universalist churches, we split our weekly offering with a local, regional or national social justice organization. Representatives of these organizations often attend one or more of our services and coffee hours to talk with church members and friends about the work that they do. In past years, we have raised more than $5,000 for our Change for Change partners.

Our Peace and Justice Ministry selects the organizations that we support. If you would like to recommend a recipient, please email socialaction@firstunitarian.net. Change for Change recipients have included:

Clean Water Action-Maryland

Clean Water Action-Maryland is a grassroots organization working to win strong health and environmental protections. Priorities include ensuring safe and affordable drinking water and supporting policies and global warming solutions that create jobs and protect water. The organization works to promote safer families and communities and to hold elected officials accountable. Recent action resulted in an out-of-state company withdrawing its plan to build a crude oil terminal in Baltimore.

UMAR Boxing/Youth Development

The UMAR Boxing Program is an  after school program for at-risk youth in Baltimore City. Their motto is “No Hooks before Books” as the organization combines academic development and athletic training under one roof. While boxing is an exciting draw and integral part of the program, academic development is the paramount goal. Children must participate actively in the academic program in order to participate in the boxing program.

Out for Justice

Out For Justice is an ex-offender, member led organization that promotes reform of policies that adversely affect the ex-offender re-entering into society successfully.

Friends of Dayspring Gardens

Through our partnership with Dayspring Programs, volunteers at First Unitarian Church of Baltimore have created and maintain a garden at Dayspring, where clients receive supportive housing and Head Start educational services.

Fusion Partnerships: An End to Ignorance

As an incubator and fiscal sponsor of local, grassroots justice organizations, Fusion Partnerships provides support for An End to Ignorance, which addresses the effects of racism. Learn more about End to Ignorance’s multi-racial discussion groups, Circle of Voices, on our Antiracism page.

Viva House

Run by members of the Catholic Worker Movement, Viva House has been serving meals to the homeless in Southwest Baltimore for 40 years.

UUSJ of the National Capital Region

Our area’s member organization of the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice, the UUSJ of the National Capital Region aims to mobilize regional UU congregations and individuals to take action for immigration, environment/climate change, economic justice and LGBTQ rights