River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation

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Racial Justice

The Racial Justice Task Force (RJTF) focuses on promoting justice, economic fairness, and respect for all.   Activities are available to fit members' various schedules and interests.  These include: advocating for policy changes at the local, state, and national levels as needed; administering and raising funds for the RRUUC College Access Fund; working with children at Beacon House in northeast DC; and organizing efforts to involve RRUUC in issues such as Journey Toward Wholeness, a UU-wide program that seeks to understand how race and class have been institutionalized in this country.   The RJTF meets monthly after the second service on the Second Sunday of the month. Interested folks who cannot attend meetings can ask to be on our list serve.  We welcome new members.  

RRUUC College Access Fund.  Each year, College Access Fund scholarships are awarded to students from disadvantaged families who are graduates of DC public high schools.  The Fund currently supports twelve college students.  Money for the scholarships comes from the interest on an endowment, designated pledges to the Annual Fund, and an annual fundraising concert.

Beacon House. Beacon House is a UU-founded and supported non-profit after school tutoring and mentoring program for low income children and youth based in the District.  RRUUC provides volunteers to help with homework, tutor, chaperone and teach music and/or art. As a congregation, we also contribute to holiday gift drives.  Beacon House, one of our designated pledges,  welcomes 125 children in grades 5-18 each day after school starting at 3:30.  From 3:30 to 5:30, staff feeds the children and helps them complete their day’s homework assignments.  In the evenings, Beacon House operates math and reading tutoring programs.  On Saturday mornings two volunteers  operate an interactive, hands-on Science Club with about 12 elementary school age children.  Please contact Nancy Henningsen to learn more.