The Annual Soup Luncheon to support the Fahr Fund and to honor the social justice work of Pete and Irma Fahr will take place after worship on Sunday, December 8. Join members and friends for vegetarian soup, bread and dessert. Interest from the Fahr Fund provides grants to those working for social justice in our community. Your free will offering will help sustain for the future the social justice work started by the Fahrs.
What is the Fahr Fund?
LIVES OF COMMITMENT
Social justice has long been in the forefront for Unitarian Universalists. Our history is replete with leaders in public education, abolition of slavery, women’s rights, civil rights, and peace and justice movements. East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church (ESUUC) has had its own social justice heroes, too, particularly in the persons of the late Pete and Irma Fahr.
The Fahrs commitment began while working as social activists in fair housing and employment during the Depression and continued through their inspirational social justice work at ESUUC developing our monthly food gathering for the Salvation Army and creating a thrift shop at the Greystone, our previous church home.
In their tenure, the Fahrs were the social conscience of East Shore. They reminded our members and friends that even in the midst of general prosperity, there were individuals and families in our local communities struggling with places to live and providing food for their dinner tables.
In 1997 a special endowed fund was created to honor the Fahrs’ commitment to helping those in need with a focus to provide help “for the needy in the form of food, clothing, and shelter.” Three ESUUC members serve as trustees on a rotating basis as appointed by the Church Board of Trustees. Each year, the Fund makes grants between $500 and $700 to local programs with the earned interest of the principal.
With your monetary contributions to the Fahr Fund for Social Justice, Pete and Irma's commitment to social justice work can continue to be carried out.
We're all familiar with the Charge - "Think globally, act locally," and contributions to the Fahr Fund allows us to do so. Monies collected go directly to people with our local area to help alleviate human need and suffering. Recent grants have included Harvest for Hunger, Lake County Free Clinic’s Pediatric Pharmacy, Homeless Stand Down, Council on Aging, Cleveland Foodbank and ESUUC Minister's Discretionary Fund.
Please consider a tax deductible donation. Checks should be made out to East Shore UU Church with a memo of "Fahr Fund and can be placed in the Sunday collection basket or mailed to the church.