Love is the spirit of our church, and service our law. Beverly Bootstraps Community Services is our church-sponsored local community program. This and other programs are described below. To learn more about social action at First Parish or to volunteer your time, please contact Social Action Committee chair Dunc Ballantyne . We welcome your help, even if is only for a few hours.
ASAPROSAR in El Salvador is our church-sponsored international program. We support ASAPROSAR’s “Barefoot Angels” Urban Youth Program by conducting an annual Learn and Serve Volunteer Trip (described below) and through donations of money, clothing, toys, school supplies, and toiletries. To learn about the Learn and Serve Trip, please and contact Carol Ballantyne or Nelda Quigley.
First Parish also supports the Guest At Your Table program of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (see below).
On the second Monday of each month (from 5:30-7:00 pm), volunteers prepare and serve meals to 50-60 guests nextdoor at the First Baptist Church, 221 Cabot Street, Beverly.
Here is what one young person wrote about her experience:
“My community service project for school in sixth grade was to help out at one of the dinners. When we shared our projects I realized that I had touched many more lives than any of my classmates. I know that economy is down and I know that many people are unemployed but something hit last Monday night supper. I had never seen anyone other than adults at these dinners but last Monday we served three young children all younger than me. This woke me up and I realized that the Monday and Tuesday night suppers help so many people that truly need it.”
Every Tuesday evening (from 5:30-7:00) volunteers serve supper to 30-40 guests at First Parish.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ron Sweet.
As part of our commitment to Beverly Bootstraps:
The Salvadoran Association for Rural Health (ASAPROSAR) is a multi-service non-governmental community service organization based in Santa Ana, El Salvador.
It was founded in 1986 by Dr. Vicky Guzman, a Salvadoran doctor. ASAPROSAR is staffed by Salvadoran physicians, social workers, health promoters, teachers, and other professional outreach workers.
The Barefoot Angels Program seeks to eradicate high-risk child labor primarily in Santa Ana’s bus terminal marketplace and municipal city dump.