With Millennium Development Goals in mind, Trinity’s outreach efforts touch many corners of the world. Our three recipients, chosen at years end, change annually and include state, national and international humanitarian organizations. Listed below are the chosen organizations.
2020 was quite the year! We especially found our attention drawn to the inequities in our society for black, brown and indigenous people of color. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others, found us unable to ignore the severity and level of racism and injustice in the US and around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic further magnified the lack of fair access for all. With this year weighing heavily on our hearts, the Outreach Committee made the following recommendations with all funds staying in the US.
State – American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maine
The ACLU of Maine is the state’s guardian of liberty. They are active in the courts, the legislature and the public sphere to defend the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights and to extend their promises to all Mainers. Their Priority issues include racial justice, criminal justice reform, immigrants’ rights, reproductive freedom, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, voting rights, freedom of expression, freedom of speech an religion and privacy.
National – Equal Justice Initiative
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United states, to challenge racial and economic injustice and to protect the basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
National – First Nations
Through a three-pronged strategy of Educating Grassroots Practitioners, Advocating for Systemic Change, Capitalizing Indian Communities, First Nations Development Institute has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities. First Nations serves rural and reservation based Native American communities throughout the United States.
Recently, the conditions on reservations, from lack of access to clean, running water and indoor plumbing to severely inadequate/available housing have come to light during the COVID-19 pandemic. Without basic needs and adequate systems in place, the virus has disporportionately run rampant on the reservations compared to other minority groups.
This year, York County Family Fund has added a donation $1000 to go to the needs of those living within the county. YCSA received this donation that would have been received from our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in December.