Spiritual Social Action

Abundant Sundays
 
We believe in an abundant universe and therefore we are a prosperous community. Part of being prosperous is the amazing gift of giving to our community. Whenever a month has five Sundays we give a gift to a charity organization above and beyond our full 10% tithe. We do this with great pleasure! Listed below are some of the organizations we support.
 
Friendly Water for the World

The mission of Friendly Water for the World is to expand access to low-cost clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation to people who lack these necessities for life. We provide opportunities to partner with individuals and communities working to improve living conditions around the world, and to learn from each other. In the past decade, more people around the world have died from waterborne illnesses than from all wars combined. The toll is greatest among children and families. Lack of access to clean water reduces community productivity, renders education efforts ineffective, and strains already inadequate health care resources. Facing constant sickness and threat, families cannot plan to improve their lives. They are disempowered.
 
JOIN WITH US TO SUPPORT FRIENDLY WATER FOR THE WORLD!
 
Thurston County Food Bank
 
It is the mission of the Thurston County Food Bank to eliminate hunger within our community. They are governed by a Board of Directors, all community members. Their service area includes the urban core of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, surrounding growth areas and underserved parts of Thurston County. To reduce access barriers, the Thurston County Food Bank, in collaboration with community partners, operates fifteen satellite Food Banks.
 
Each year more than 7,000 community members volunteer their time to end hunger. Won't you join with us to support Thurston County Food Bank? They literally could not do this work without our assistance and the help of thousands of other volunteers.
 
 
 
Homeless Backpacks
 
is a non-profit 501c3 corporation committed to ending homelessness, by giving teens the help they need so they can focus on school, go on to graduate and become contributing citizens.
 
We provide food for the weekend to homeless teens in Thurston, Mason and Grays Harbor Counties. Some teens are in government-supported meal programs during the school day, but on their own on the weekend. Each week, volunteers deliver food bags to local middle and high schools. Homeless Backpack’s commitment is to help South Sound homeless students stay focused on school.  When students graduate, they can make a successful transition to adult life and break the cycle of homelessness.
 
Each bag has enough food for the weekend, including macaroni & cheese, tuna, ravioli, ramen noodles, chili, fruit cups, granola bars, oatmeal, juice boxes, chocolate milk and assorted snacks. Students go to the counselor’s or nurse’s office and obtain the food.
 
Bags fit easily into backpacks so other students will not know they are part of our program. Each bag costs $8 – $9 per week to fill.
 
Homeless Backpacks is a 100% volunteer based, nonprofit, where committed volunteers raise money doing fundraisers, pack and deliver hundreds of food bags each week, to middle and high schools.
 
Unity of Olympia began contributing to Homeless Backpacks the first year it began. We have contributed time, money, food, toiletries, toothbrushes, backpacks and more to our South Sound homeless students for nearly ten years. And we continue to be an advocate for our homeless students with a bin in their lobby and current list of their needs for ongoing contributions.
 
SoundCareKids
 
is a support program for families with children who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives.
 
SoundCareKids is for kids aged 3 to 18 and for the adults who care for them. A Licensed Mental Health Counselor oversees the program and is present during each session. Two trained volunteers facilitate each group, using age-appropriate activities.
 
Unity of Olympia offers its entire Youth Education building to host SoundCareKids. Facilitators have remarked over and over that the Unity facility is the best one they have ever worked in for his purpose. This program creates absolute miracles for families who have lost loved ones. Unity of Olympia is very pleased to partner with SoundCareKids to provide this wonderful service.