Our Task Forces

 

OUR TASK FORCES

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Black Lives Matter/Youth Lives Matter Task Force

BLM/YLM seeks to break the “school to prison” pipeline that results in the mass incarceration of Black men and other people of color. We try to make people aware of how the legacy of slavery in the United States results in many of today’s social, economic and racial disparities. We support programs and initiatives designed to stop the mass incarceration of Black men or other people of color. We support ‘Raise the Age’ and ‘HALT’-reducing solitary confinement legislation, and are exploring mentoring through Champion Academy.

Contact: Len Stein
Chair
drlstein@rochester.rr.com 

Contact: Roberta Buckle
roberta.buckle@gmail.com

Environmental Climate Task Force

This Task Force endeavors to educate the congregation on environmentally responsible activities, such as switching to renewable power, driving hybrid or electric vehicles, eating less beef/pork, and basically reducing consumption, reusing and recycling. We also advocate for legislation to reduce global warming.

Contact: John Keevert
jkeev@frontiernet.net

Micro-Finance and Community Development Task Force

The Micro-Finance and Community Development Task Force seeks to improve quality of life in the City of Rochester by providing micro-finance loans and support services to entrepreneurs who cannot obtain regular financing and lack business resources. Our financial partner is the Genesee Co-op Federal Credit Union. Church volunteers support these businesses with friendship, business mentoring, and referrals to other organizations.

Contact: Theresa (Terri) Goldstein
tgoldst2@rochester.rr.com

Honduras Partnership Task Force

The Honduras Partnership Task Force supports a relationship among our congregation, the Global Health Program of Family Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center, and the people of San Jose, San Marcos de la Sierra, Intibucá, Honduras—who work together to improve the quality of life for this 2,000-member community. This relationship has resulted in scholarships, microfinance projects, construction of a volunteer house, improved cook stoves, and ongoing water projects. This includes youth at our church and youth in San Jose through shared learning exercises and exchange of letters, projects, and photographs.

Contact: Barbara Gawinski
Barbara_Gawinski@urmc.rochester.edu