Work for Social Change

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925-283-3722, x2
holly@oslc.net

How Can You Make a Difference?

Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to look at the world around us. We might feel drawn to just ignore those things that don't fit our vision of what the world should be like. At OSLC, we try to provide some opportunities that allow you to work in community to start working to make a difference. We approach this in two ways: social change through volunteer work at a variety of local and global organizations AND social change through thinking about how we use our money and how that impacts the world. Read below for the opportunities to participate.

Ongoing Activities

Working for Social Change Through Our Action

In a world with too much individualism and alienation, consumerism, violence, gaps in wealth and power, and with unformed religious beliefs, we envision a world of community, responsibility, peace, tenderness, tolerance, and love.  Help us make that world blossom to life.

The church's Mission Outreach Team facilitates your participation in volunteer activites, helping community organizations serve those who need help in our area and around the world.  We invite new ideas about worthy projects and volunteer opportunities.

Click the links for more information about each organization. Contact Pastor Holly (925-283-3722 or email) for more information.

Action in Our Community 
Adopt-a-Family Adopt a needy family, gather gifts, and make Christmas season a time to share, through Contra Costa Interfaith Housing and Bay Area Nursery.

Loaves and Fishes

Cook up a storm each week to provide food relief for the county's poorest families. 
Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) Welcome a new batch of full-time volunteers who do a year of service with Bay Area nonprofits for social justice. Support them in their work and be involved with their lives for a year. 
Multi-Faith ACTION Coalition

Become involved with a multi-faith organization working to address the root causes of poverty through advocacy and public policy change, in areas such as housing, employment, education and food security.

Winter Nights Shelter 

Join in a week of hosting the homeless by setting-up the temporary facility in a local church, helping the children with their homework, preparing and serving a meal to those who are working to keep their families together and to acheive a brighter future. 

Cook and serve the evening meal to residents of a permanent year-around family shelter two or three times a year. 

 
Shelter Inc, Mountain View House

Working towards providing and keeping families in permentate housing.

 

 

Action Around The World 

Asante Network       

Shop! Support nonprofit collectives that empower women in Tanzania and Uganda to develop their traditional arts into viable home-based businesses. 

MayaCrew

Support Mayan girls' education in Guatemala, hone up on your Spanish skills, purchase products to support fundraising efforts and get educated on justice issues that affect so many lives. 

New Life Band

Enjoy the great concerts by singers from Tanzania who tour the United States to raise money for youth education, school buildings, and summer camps. 

Lutheran World Relief (LWR)Quilts

Craft quilts to be distributed by Lutheran international relief agencies to refugees, victims of disaster and other people in need of a warm and caring gift at times of loss and hopelessness. A quilt can be a clean new bed cover or a baby cover, a market display spread, a sack for transporting those goods to market, a sunshade, a shawl, comforting someone you have never met, but a reminder that someone, far away.

Rancho Santa Marta

Join one of our cultural immersion trips each year to our mission partner in Mexico, where we undertake construction projects and share the fellowship and joy of supporting the Rancho's education, boarding and vocational learning center for 135 children and youth, many with special needs


 

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