Grants for Social Change

Every year the Ministry of Justice & Service (J&S) has the privilege of making grants to First Church Ministry Teams, community-based organizations and several special UCC funds. All of the cash contributions on Sunday morning go toward these contributions as do special Christmas and Easter offerings.

Anti-torture demonstrationIn 2015 the following 28 organizations received grants totalling $43,140:

Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay
Berkeley Food and Housing Project
Berkeley Food Pantry
Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency  
for Sankofa House
Camp Phoenix
Common Hope
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Ethiopian Village Schools Foundation
First Church?s Children at the Border Ministry Team
First Church’s Kitchen Community Ministry Team
Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County   for juvenile detention facility chaplain
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity   for Nueva Esperanza
Lincoln Child Center   for Oakland Freedom Schools
Planting Justice
Rainbow Community Support Project   now O.L.A.S.
Rebuild the Churches   for black churches burned by arson
Rebuilding Together East Bay North
Soccer Without Borders
Stride Force
Suitcase Clinic
UNICEF   for Nepal earthquake relief
United Church of Christ: International Emergency Relief Fund   for Nepal earthquake relief
The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ: Strengthen the Church   
United Church of Christ: The Christmas Fund
Urban Releaf
What If? Foundation
YEAH!  Youth Engagement, Advocacy and Housing