This month, we are focusing on two organizations – one quarter of the donations will go to Neighbors in Need and three quarters to the Na’ah Illahee Fund.
Neighbors in Need
One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities.
Na’ah Illahee Fund
Na’ah Illahee Fund (NIF) is an intertribal Native American and female led community organization based in
Seattle, whose philosophy is to advance sustainable Indigenous cultures. NIF’s impact lies in the urban, rural, island, and reservation-based Indigenous communities throughout the Pacific Northwest region and beyond, and it works to build the capacity of community leaders to draw upon their deep resilience and to realize their dreams as they believe that innovative solutions lie in the brilliance of their people.
Examples of NIF intergenerational programs are:
- Indigenous ecology, foods and land restoration
- climate justice and land conservation
- job training and economic resources
- youth cultural arts and tech skills
- policy advocacy, fiscal sponsorship, grantmaking
- community crisis responses such as covid-19 relief
- census and voter engagement