Strawberry Creek Quaker Meeting

in Berkeley, California

Donations to Organizations by Strawberry Creek Meeting

March 2016

Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting makes donations to organizations, approved ahead of time by the Finance Committee, and then by Meeting for Business. These donations should continue to be seen principally as symbolic of our commitment, as a Meeting, to these organizations. They are intended to be reminders of the responsibility of individual members to contribute to them.

At this time, institutions receiving our budgeted donations are either Quaker organizations in which members of our Meeting participate, or non-Quaker organizations to which the Meeting as a whole, has a particular commitment.

AFSC (American Friends Service Committee)
65 Ninth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-1401
SCMM Connection: Laura Magnani, Stephen McNeil, Peter Lin
The AFSC is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths, committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power to overcome violence and injustice.

AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project California)
PO Box 3294, Santa Barbara, CA 93130
SCMM Connection: Amy Dewey
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is a multicultural 501(c)3 organization offering experiential workshops that empower individuals to lead peaceful lives through affirmation, respect for all, community building, cooperation, and trust. Our fundamental belief is that there is a power for peace and good in everyone, and that this power has the ability to transform violence. AVP builds on a spiritual base of respect and caring for self and others, working both in prisons and with groups in the community.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center
PO Box 686, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
SCMM Connection: Barb Tittle
The Ben Lomond Quaker Center, nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains, is a retreat center that offers space for Quaker groups and others to gather, hosts both weekend and week-long seminars, and provides private accommodations.

Berkeley Food Pantry
c/o Berkeley Friends Church, 1600 Sacramento Street, Berkeley, CA 94702
SCMM Connection: Elizabeth Strain
The Berkeley Food Pantry provides bags of groceries to those in need, thus filling some of the gaps in our society�s social safety nets. The Pantry operates as a volunteer-only organization and continues to rely on volunteers for most of the work. Some food is donated, but much food must be purchased.

College Park Quarterly Meeting Student Scholarship Fund
c/o CPQM Treasurer, Tom Yamaguchi, 1015 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94710
SCMM Connection: Deborah Marks and Carl Anderson
Children of Quaker meetings, attending Quaker schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, may apply for grants for up to $1000 from the fund. Administered by CPQM Ministry and Oversight Committee.

FASE (Friends Association for Service to the Elderly)
c/o Friends House, 684 Benicia Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409
SCMM Connection: Pam Calvert
This is a retirement community with assisted living and also medical facilities. The bulk of the residents live in independent living. Residents are activists, both in helping to run the facility and in working on wider concerns from a liberal point of view. FASE tries to maintain a balance of Quaker and non-Quaker residents.

FCLCA (Friends Committee on Legislation of California)
1225 8th Street, Suite 220, Sacramento, CA 95814-4809
SCMM Connection: Betsy Morris, Rick Herbert, Judith Schumacher-Jennings
The Friends Committee on Legislation (FCLCA.ORG) is a nonpartisan, statewide public interest lobby founded by Quakers in 1952. FCLCA advocates for California state laws that are just, compassionate and respectful of the inherent worth of every person. FCL is a multi-issue advocacy organization, with a particular focus on criminal justice issues; in 2015 FCL added environmental concerns. Supporters include people of all backgrounds and beliefs. As the oldest social justice lobby in California, FCLCA has helped many faith-based and justice groups gain their own voice in Sacramento. FCLCA is a constant, vigilant and well-respected presence in Sacramento. Their full-time registered lobbyist weighs in with legislators at the most critical time when laws and policy are being made. FCLCA also supports effective grassroots advocacy with tools for citizen lobbyists online and in-person. Their Action Alert Center provides timely information and analysis to help navigate complex issues, legislation and ballot propositions; and provides forms, links and instructions to communicate directly with newspapers and elected officials across the state.

FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation)
245 Second Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
SCMM Connection: Susan Strong
The Friends Committee on National Legislation is a Quaker lobbying organization, with most of its support from Quakers, and with policy set by representatives of 26 Yearly Meetings. A policy statement of issues that Friends have unity about is reviewed and approved about every five years. Every two years at annual meetings, legislative priorities are set for each Congress. FCNL concerns are based on the following four statements: 1) We seek a world free of war and the threat of war; 2) We seek a society with equity and justice for all; 3) We seek a community where every person�s potential may be fulfilled; and 3) We seek an earth restored.

Friends House Moscow
East-West Relations Cmte, c/o Julie Harlow, 1163 Auburn Dr, Davis, CA 95616
SCMM Connection: Carl Anderson
Friends House Moscow is an initiative of Friends worldwide which seeks to encourage spiritual growth and the development of a civil society based on mutual trust and community cooperation. We aim to provide a stable and visible presence in the face of rapidly changing conditions as we express the unique faith and practice of the Religious Society of Friends. We put this faith into action by working for social justice based on our fundamental belief in the presence of God in each individual.

Friends Journal
1216 Arch Street, Suite 2A, Philadelphia, PA 19107
SCMM Connection: Kathy Barnhart
Friends Journal is published by Friends Publishing Corporation. Our goal is to serve the Quaker community and the wider community of spiritual seekers through the publication of articles, poetry, letters, art, and news that convey the contemporary experience of Friends. The mission of Friends Journal is to communicate Quaker experience in order to connect and deepen spiritual lives.

FWCC (Friends World Committee for Consultation)
1506 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
SCMM Connection: Shelley Tanenbaum
FWCC spans Yearly Meetings and Conferences around the world and includes all Friends, both unprogrammed and programmed. It serves as a vehicle and a catalyst for sharing among Friends in different countries.

Pacific Yearly Meeting Fund for Concerns
c/o Ed Flowers, PYM Treasurer, PO Box 2692, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
SCMM Connection: Tom Yamaguchi, Stephen McNeil
The Fund for Concerns is available to assist Friends in the expression of individual leadings that arise from their spiritual, peace and social order concerns. It is not intended to underwrite organizations or committee projects. The Fund is overseen by the Ministry and Oversight Committee of PYM.

Quaker Bolivia Link
2961 Caminito Niquel, San Diego, CA 92117
SCMM Connection: Don Groom, Barbara Tittle
Quaker Bolivia Link provides funding for small-scale economically sustainable projects among the people of the High Andes, where poverty is as acute as any in Latin America. Many projects are organized and run by groups of women and are typically funded with grants of under $4,000. They are suggested, planned, and run by the Bolivians themselves.

Quaker Earthcare Witness
P.O. Box 6787, Albany, CA 94706
SCMM Connection: Shelley Tanenbaum, Rick Herbert, Catya de Neergard
Quaker Earthcare Witness is a spiritually-centered movement of Quakers and like-minded people seeking ways to integrate concern for the environment with Friends' long-standing testimonies for simplicity, integrity, peace, community and equality.
Together we can prevent further irreversible damage to the natural world, God's creation, through informed, spirit-led action on all ecological issues: climate change, pollution, toxic wastes, conservation, recycling, energy use, loss of species and habitats, loss of arable lands, population pressures, and eco-justice.

QIF (Quaker Institute for the Future)
c/o Elaine Emmi, Treasurer, 2609 E. Windermere Woods Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401
SCMM Connection: Shelley Tanenbaum, Leonard Joy, Charlie Blanchard, Sara Wolcott
The mission of QIF is to advance a global future of inclusion, social and economic justice, and ecological well being through participatory research and discernment. QIF adds a Quaker voice to public discourse. It calls on Quaker experience and approaches that contribute to the advance of governance for the common good, and the promotion of values necessary for social and ecological well-being. QIF shares its work in various forms, including books, pamphlets, reports, newsletters, website, conferences, workshops and seminars.

Woolman at Sierra Friends Center
13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City, CA 95959
SCMM Connection: Cindy Trueblood, Joyce Samati, Hannah MacKinney
Woolman at Sierra Friends Center is a non-profit organization committed to stewarding diverse learning communities and educational programs that weave together spirituality, peace, sustainability, and social action. Their programs include the Woolman Outdoor School, Camp Woolman (a summer camp for children aged 9-17), the Jorgensen School for Nonviolence, and various events and retreats.

Western Friend
305 N. California Ave., Suite 203-B, Palo Alto, CA 94301
SCMM Connection: Tom Yamaguchi
The mission of Western Friend is to support the spiritual life of Friends in the West. Western Friend is committed to helping Friends make connections within and across the three unprogrammed Yearly Meetings in the West, and is actively seeking ways to do that within the pages of the magazine, in other media, and through direct outreach to Friends. As a print publication that is struggling financially, we also recognize the need to be better stewards of our financial resources.