Children’s Social Justice Activities
Second UU Principle: Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations
Here are some social justice activities our Youth Religious Education program has provided for our children and families:
Serving at Poverello House: Our Junior and Senior Youth have spent some Sunday mornings helping to prepare and serve breakfast for Fresno’s homeless needing the support services of the Poverello House. Several parents and younger siblings were inspired to join them.
Trick or Treating for UNICEF: Every year during the church service closest to Halloween, our children trick or treat throughout the congregation, collecting coins and donations for children around the world. Through our children’s efforts, UNICEF is able to provide child safety shelters in conflict zones, and provide health care, safe drinking water, and education worldwide.
Making Fleece Blankets for children in emergency care and long-term shelters: Around Valentine’s Day, children of all ages in our YRE program create warm, soft, fleece blankets. They tag them with caring messages to children in our community who need extra love and reassurance in times of crisis.
CROP Hunger Walk: In20ll, our families formed a sizeable team, and walked for hunger with the annual Fresno CROP Walk. They carried signs to encourage global hunger awareness and raised lots of funds.
Heifer Project: This year, several children “sold back” the candy they received at our Easter event. They agreed to donate the money to the Heifer Project charity. As a result, a needy family somewhere now owns a new source of income in the form of baby chicks.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade: The Senior Youth typically attend this Fresno-wide parade.
Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade: UU children often attend this parade with their parents. They join other church members to march behind the UUCF banner.