Resource fair success at All Souls, Berkeley
On Sunday, January 22, 2017, All Souls, Berkeley hosted a resource fair in response to many community members’ questions about how to move forward in the wake of last November’s election and maintain the momentum of Saturday’s historic women’s marches. Following Sunday’s three services, organizations advocating racial, food, youth, immigrant, and environmental justice were on hand to offer ways for members of the community to get involved and volunteer.
For example, the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity works with California’s immigrant population. On the first Saturday of every month, the organization hosts a vigil outside the West County Detention Facility in Richmond. Volunteers are encouraged to bring refreshments for those visiting family members at the facility.
Here, two women learn from other volunteers about participating in this and other ministries for Bay Area immigrants.
The Bay Area chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, or “SURJ,” set up a table on behalf of their national network, which organizes white people who want to get involved in racial justice. There were also many working groups and committees for people to join based on their interests and gifts. To name just a few, volunteers can help fundraise for POC-led organizations, work in communications, or raise awareness for areas of intersectionality, like with the queer and trans* population.
Here, a woman learns from a young adult about how to get involved in SURJ.
Many members of All Souls and the surrounding community came and signed up to help these organizations and others, like California Interfaith Power & Light, Crop Hunger Walk, Dorothy Day House, and Youth Spirit Artworks. If you missed the event and are interested in getting involved, check those groups out!