January 13, 2014
Community Service and Social Action Board (CSSA) is pleased to announce two new Inspiration Grants awarded at the end of 2013. These $2,000 grants are aimed at organizations and affiliated Plymouth members doing social justice work.
The first grant was awarded to Seattle/King Country Coalition on Homelessness ("the Coalition"). Plymouth member Susan Boyd's longtime volunteer work with the Coalition has helped bring a voice and practical help to local homeless people. The Coalition seeks to empower homeless people through advocacy, education, organizing and problem-solving. They organize the One Night Count of homeless who live here on the streets. The Coalition also developed "Project Cool," which supports homeless students with school supplies, backpacks and health items. They offer an interactive workshop to train youth about what it feels like to be a homeless student. Get involved: www.homelessinfo.org or contact Susan at email@example.com .
The second Inspiration Grant was awarded to Casa Latina, a previous Plymouth Change Grant recipient. This inspiration grant acknowledges volunteer work by Plymouth member Mary Stevens. Like the Coalition on Homelessness, Casa Latina works to empower those living on society’s margins. Casa Latina provides practical support and community to Latin immigrants and works with employers to support fair and equitable wage policies for workers. In recent years, the organization built a strong program that emphasizes leadership and skill development among its members and a safe and solid foundation from which to learn English and seek employment. Its mission of decent working and wage conditions complements the Living Wage policies developed by the Church Council of Greater Seattle and recently adopted by Plymouth Church Council. For questions about engaging with workers and their causes at Casa Latina, email Mary Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org.