This past month the Social Justice and Witness Committee and members of FCC were active in helping our community and our world. As a committee and as a church we:
• Partnered with TransPonder, a local non-profit serving trans/gender diverse communities and their allies in Lane County. We donated $2,000 from our local mission fund to pay for staff for a 10-month long class for trans youth in the Bethel area.
• Completed a successful tool drive for Looking Glass. Youth will use these tools as they build tiny homes for Square One Village. Youth learn construction skills and receive mentoring from members of the community while addressing the need for helping the unhoused in Lane County. Thank you to all who donated tools, and to Babs Sullivan for organizing this drive.
• Sponsored a food drive for Food for Lane County. Hundreds of pounds of food were donated by members of the congregation to help address food scarcity in our community. Thank you for the generous support of FCC and to Rick Mowday for organizing.
• Donated $1,000 from our Global Mission fund to Tasajera to provide flood relief to the island after a hurricane struck there this fall. A very generous couple in our congregation donated $8,000 to address social justice needs in our community in the name of FCC. The committee is honored and deeply grateful for this gift. We met on December 12 to make final decisions on SJ&W spending with a particular focus on youth and mental health.