At UUCLB we have evolved a habit of pooling our resources to support organizations that do valuable work in our other communities. It’s a leap of faith that generosity begets generosity; we hold to an ethos of mutual support, expressing our belief in something larger than ourselves. We have found that our Special Collections efforts have focused our attention outward and made us more aware of other justice work going on in our communities.

We feel it isn’t enough simply to light our own chalice. We must see and support the flames of others who are also doing the work of building a better world.

Special Call-out to Pink Haven Coalition: We are actively supporting trans people as they and their families may be fleeing their home states to avoid their nightmarish daily reality. California is one state that still provides a haven for those who are trans. If you wish to support some people in Southern California who move here for safety, you can specify Pink Haven in the Tithely app as a recipient of your donation. Click on the “GIVE” button below to donate and when prompted “Give to:”, choose Pink Haven. Your gift shall be gratefully received.

How it works

We look for local, community-based groups that do justice work in alignment with our values. A different organization or cause is chosen each month.

The receipts from the collection plate on the first Sunday of each month are passed on to an organization or cause in our larger community. Contributions toward the month’s Special Collection can also be made at any time during the month by marking your donation for that purpose.

Some past recipients of Special Collection funds:

  • East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice was formed by residents of Commerce/East Los Angeles concerned about health impacts of industrial pollution
  • UUCLB Dreamers’ Scholarship assists undocumented people from Long Beach with expenses for attending college or graduate school
  • Women Shelter of Long Beach provides safe shelter for abused women and children and encompasses a resource center offering counseling services for adults and children (including group therapy sessions) and many other supportive services

Contact the Social Justice Council here if you would like to suggest an organization to receive our support. The recipient of the December special collection is chosen by our minister.

When you give online (with the button below or elsewhere on this site) or with the app on your phone or tablet, where prompted “Give to:”, choose “Special Collections” to give to the current month’s collection.

Read more about past special collections.