Spiritual Social Action
Unity's 5th principle states that it is not enough to understand the spiritual teachings, we must take action. Listed here are some of the ways in which Unity of Olympia is furthering its mission and applying this principle through Spiritual Social Action.
There are many ways you can support our spiritual community and help make it possible for us to support these and other charities. Donations of time, talents and treasure are all needed to help our community thrive. Contact our Community Engager to learn more.
There are several ways to help the homeless shelters operated by Interfaith Works:
Unity in the Community
Here are some of the many ways in which we participate in, support and engage with our greater community. Please reach out to our Community Engager if you are interested in volunteering or learning more.
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!
If you have a favorite non-profit that you’d like to see Unity of Olympia support, please send an email to Rev. Terry Murray and she’ll take your recommendation to the Finance Team. This year we’ve given to Showing up for Racial Justice https://surj.org/chapter/surj-olympia/ and we’re giving it to Think Wild this month https://www.thinkwildco.org/. We’ve also given to Community Youth Services - https://www.mentalhealthcenters.net/listings/community-youth-services-olympia-wa.html – and Family Support Center at http://fscss.org/ .
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. We hope you will 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.
New Home Community Tiny Home Build: First Christian Church of Olympia
First Christian Church (FCC) is developing a tiny house project on their property at 7th and Franklin St., to serve the homeless community. The project consists of 6 tiny homes plus a common space building and hygiene facilities. First Christian is seeking the help of congregations, and individuals, around the area to help with construction and/or financial assistance.
We are especially interested in churches (or other groups) that could supply a small construction team ( 5-6 people) with a team lead FAITH, the Faith Alliance Initiative for Tiny Homes, is helping with project coordination and has already provided 8 tiny homes for a project at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
The houses will likely be built on site at 7th and Franklin St. in Olympia, though some flexibility is possible. A site visit can be set up by appointment.
If interested, please respond with organization or individual names, email and a phone number.
Brenda Hatcher , First Christian Church
firstname.lastname@example.org, cell: (360) 789-5587