It was at the end of the day in the first week of April, and Daniel was finishing his last hour of canvassing when he ran into Kate Hand, a member of Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church. Kate was so enthused by the work of Planting Justice that she decided to bring the organization to the attention of her church congregation. On April 20th, Easter Sunday this year, Kate was co-leading the service at Live Oak Unitarian Church, and was able to rally the congregation to make donations to Planting Justice as the offering basket was passed around the room. With approximately 30 people present at the service, a total of $237 was collected that day, an incredible contribution to Planting Justice! This just goes to show that when someone stops to chat with a canvasser on the street, the positive impact that is generated by that interaction can be unexpectedly great. According to Kate, Live Oak Unitarian donates its entire Sunday collection to non-profits that share common values with the Church community. In the past they have contributed to Berkeley Free Clinic, Alameda Meals on Wheels, Alameda Homeless Network, A Home Away from Homelessness, and several others. For Live Oak, the work of Planting Justice is directly aligned with the Unitarian Universalist Principles which highlight the inherent worth and dignity of each individual person, justice, compassion, respect for the web of interdependence, and a commitment to peace, liberty, and justice. An enormous thank you goes out to Kate Hand and Live Oak Unitarian Church, thank you so much for your generous support!
Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located in Oakland.
-Daniel Francis Alper