An important element in work of the First Church Green Team is to promote and acknowledge activities in the church that are helping us ?care for the earth and care for each other.? Annually, the Ministry of Outreach, Ministry and Service (OMS) gives grants to community organizations that are caring for those in need; in 2012 over $40,000 has been awarded, at least half through revenues raised by the Cellar Thrift Shop where second hand goods are sold. Here are a few examples of the significant commitment FCCB is making through the grant making process that helps us achieve our goal of encouraging more a sustainable environment at the same time.
First Church has long been committed to ?food justice,? recognizing that while our nation produces ample food, many do not have the resources to feed themselves and their families. This year OMS grants have provided support to these food-related initiatives: First Church?s Kitchen Ministry Team, Solar Richmond Healthy Lunches, Berkeley Food and Housing, Berkeley Food Pantry, What If?, Share First, Women?s Daytime Drop In Center and YEAH.
First has also promoted the efficient use of resources in the community. Two organizations in particular have received grant support: Rebuilding Together and Loved Twice.
First Church has also made grants to organizations that have concern for the natural environment as part of their mission: Save the Bay and Planting Justice.
OMS also sponsors various all-church volunteer activities on weekends throughout the year including collecting, sorting and packing food for several local food banks including the Alameda County and City Food Banks, an annual shoreline cleanup, participation in the Crop Walk and in helping local residents renovate their homes through Rebuilding Together. As a church and faith community, we are proud to support our allies in their efforts to ensure that we ?care for the earth and care for each other.?