At Prairie, we seek to promote dignity, worth, and justice for people worldwide by supporting individual and collective social action. We act in the world to further social and environmental justice. These commitments manifest in multiple activities in which individual Prairie members volunteer as well as in congregation-wide activities. Many of these activities are coordinated by the Social Action Committee, while others emerge from the RE program or from the congregation at large. Much of our justice work centers around homelessness.
Below are just a few examples.
Recently Prairie RE kids collected from the congregation small non-perishable food items, socks, and other things that might help homeless people in our community and then gathered to fill kits we donated to individuals and shelters.
Homeless Men’s Drop-in Shelter Breakfast
Prairie partners with James Reeb UU Church once a month to cook up a hearty breakfast at the Men’s Drop-In Shelter at Grace Episcopal Church. Prairie and Reeb each provide two volunteers and takes turns buying the groceries. Our shift is always the Saturday immediately after the first Friday of the month and lasts from 5 a.m to about 7 a.m. Even if you are new to Prairie or have never volunteered for the breakfast before, we encourage you to check it out. Individuals, couples, families, or other groups are all encouraged to volunteer. Please contact Paula if you are interested in helping.
Madison Pride Parade
Prairie supports justice for LGBTQ individuals and often sends contingents to march in Madison’s annual Pride parade.
Each fiscal quarter, we select a different local organization with which to share a portion of the offerings we collect during Sunday Services. We will share our offertory collection this quarter with The Catalyst Project, a nonprofit organization that helps up to four homeless mothers with children by providing housing with live-in residents who mentor, offer problems solving and other therapeutic interventions as each family unit needs.