walkerAt this reporting, the special collection for the Duane Roberts Memorial Scholarship fund is well over $800. As we are still accepting donations, that figure is sure to be bypassed. Look for the final tally in the next News & Views.

Our special collection for April will be for Lending Hands, a non-profit which lends various kinds of home medical and related equipment FREE on a temporary basis to anyone living in a seven country service area. In 2014 Lending Hands served over 3,100 clients with over 500 pieces of medical equipment—walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, canes, shower benches, commodes and many more items. Since it opened in 2005, Lending Hands has saved clients, the health care system and various entitlement programs over $5 million. This all-volunteer enterprise located in Portage, accepts equipment donations as well as monetary gifts. Learn more about this effort at info@lendinghandsmi.org.

If you are interested in UU social justice ventures STATEWIDE, you might want to visit the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network website. MUUSJN alerts UUs of ongoing issues concerning discrimination, civil rights, upcoming votes in Congress, advises how to make your opinions known. The site also provides congressional e-mails and phone numbers and shows videos of speeches and demonstrations in Lansing and elsewhere. www.uujustice.org

The ISAAC banquet on Saturday, March 15th was a huge success with more than 500 people in attendance of which at least 35 were People’s people. People’s Church won the Buttress Award for the fifth year in a row for our congregation’s role in helping ISAAC in its social justice work.

Reminder: Loaves and Fishes barrel is always in the lower lobby. This month’s special need is CANNED FRUIT.

Anyone is welcome to sit in on SJCC meetings. The Social Justice Coordinating Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. in the clubhouse of Parkview Hills.

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