SOCIAL ACTION

Volunteer Group

Join Salem in events and projects to educate, network, and act to help create a more just, peaceful, and sustainable community and world.

Contact our Social Action Chair, Michael Flanagan:

Volunteers Packing Food
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BETHANY CHILDREN'S HOME GIFT COLLECTION

NOV 8 THROUGH DEC 13

Located in Womelsdorf, PA, Bethany Children's Home is a United Church of Christ-affiliated residential center for abused and neglected youth. Bethany provides therapeutic, spiritual, and cultural services including psychological treatment, drug and alcohol services, alternative education, community service, and life-skills training. Each Holiday Salem Church collects much needed gifts and delivers them to the children.

Select a gift(s) from our online registry. Gifts must be delivered before Dec. 13 to Michael Flanagan. Gifts will be delivered to Bethany on Dec. 14.

 

WE'RE COLLECTING FOOD

ALL THE TIME! FOR LOCAL PANTRIES!
DROP OFF ON SALEM'S FRONT PORCH
186 E. Court St.

ROADSIDE CLEANUP

NEXT CLEANUP:

SATURDAY APRIL 17, 2021

Every Spring and Fall, Salem partners with PennDOT to pick up roadside trash near the intersection of Hwy 611 and Broad Street. 

 
 

THIS WEEK'S CALL TO ACTION NEWS

COVID TIMES NEWS

The Covid Times News is a local newsletter that focuses on Doylestown and Bucks County happenings in a world of COVID.

If you would like to subscribe to this, send your name and email to us HERE and we will have you added.

 

BETHANY CHILDREN’S HOME CHRISTMAS GIFT COLLECTION

Our kickoff will be November 8th - watch for the video during Sunday Service - it promises to be award winning!

 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

BULLYING

 

5 IMPORTANT DOCUMENTARIES TO WATCH ON BULLYING

FROM CHANNEL KINDNESS

 

Audrie and Daisy (20160

The stories of Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman made headlines around the country. Both girls experienced sexual assault that was caught on camera. Their stories led to a national conversation about sexual assault crimes and cyberbullying. This film explores the effects on friends, family, schools, and communities when two girls are publicly shamed. Their stories are opportunities for us to talk honestly about this difficult subject and learn about the convoluted world of social media bullying.

You can watch “Audrie and Daisy” on Netflix.

 

Bully (2011)

Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch examines five cases of bullying in one school year in his critically acclaimed film “Bully.” Using the tagline, “Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year,” Hirsch focuses on how life-threatening bullying can truly be. Weaving the stories of five bullied kids and their families in America’s heartland, Hirsch shows audiences that bullying goes beyond socio-economic boundaries. Ultimately, this transformative film shows the growing crescendo of voices in the anti-bullying movement in our country’s school system. Not only is this film important to those who are experiencing bullying, but also those doing the bullying. You can watch “Bully” on Youtube, Amazon, or iTunes.

 

Submit the Documentary (2013)

This educational film looks extensively at the reality of cyberbullying. The film brings into question the fact that if we don’t accept this behavior in person, how can we accept this online? “Submit the Documentary” explores the difference between physical bullying in schools and how virtual bullying has a different impact on youth. Educators all over the country should consider bringing this film to their schools. You can watch “Submit the Documentary” on Vimeo.

 

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (2015)

Lizzie Velasquez was on Youtube one day when she came across a video titled “The World’s Ugliest Woman.” To her dismay, this video was of her. With it came hundreds of horrific and vicious comments about her appearance. Velasquez has a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, causing her to be stick thin and permanently disfigured. In response to the video, Velasquez fought back with videos of kindness and acceptance. A TED talk followed suit. This film captures her empowering story of fighting hate with kindness, and bringing her passion to Congress to lobby for anti-bullying legislation. Her story is one meant to inspire and empower us. You can watch “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” on iTunes and Amazon.

 

The Bully Effect (2013)

In response to “Bully” (2013), CNN partnered with Cartoon Network to produce “The Bully Effect.” Anderson Cooper explores the long-term damages that bullying can have and focuses on the changes being made around the country after the premiere of “Bully.” This film follows the stories of three of the students from Hirsch’s film and how they are making a difference in their communities and nationwide to end bullying.  You can watch “The Bully Effect” with a Q&A from Anderson Cooper on Youtube.


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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FAITH BUILD 

Salem Social Action is very excited about this new project, but we need your financial help.

Kick off for this project will be in January of 2021 with the building of the home running though August.

The Social Action Committee is working to raise a minimum of $5,000 to help sponsor this build in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County.

 

YOU CAN DONATE TO THIS VIA SALEM’S WEBSITE BY CLICKING HERE AND MAKING DONATION TO SOCIAL ACTION OR BY MAILING A CHECK AND MARKING IT SOCIAL ACTION TO SALEM.

 

·         The house will be on Spruce Street in Bristol borough.

·         The house there currently is not capable of being renovated, so it will be torn down and replaced with a brand new, 3BR/2   

          Bath  Habitat- energy efficient home. 

·         A family has been identified through their application/selection process

 

Our goal is $5,000, but our stretch goal is $10,000

 

SPOTLIGHT ON COMMITTEE MEMBER  - Beth Mann

Beth Mann  is a retired English teacher and Reading Specialist. She taught in the Council Rock School District for 33 years and now has her own tutoring business which she loves. Beth became a member of Salem in 2016 shortly after David Green arrived. She is a member of the Social Action Committee, the Music and Worship Committee, is VP of the Consistory, and is Chair of the Stewardship Committee. Beth lives in Furlong with her husband Steve for 7 months of the year and then lives in China, Maine, for 5 months of the year. She has two daughters, Devon and Katie, and has 3 grandchildren. She loves to read, go to the theater and the ballet, eat out with friends, and spend time with her grands. Beth is a member of the Spirituality Book Club and the Fiction Book Club at Salem. She also hosts the Sunday morning Adult Discussion Group and the Coffee Time Group. Beth feels blessed to be a part of this group and Salem Church!

 

 

2020 UPCOMING EVENTS - REGISTER & MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!

 

OCTOBER

All Month - Food Collection continues each week in front of Salem

 

NOVEMBER

All Month - Food Collection continues each week in front of Salem
 
November 2nd – Social Action Committee Meeting
 
November  8th  – Kick off of Bethany Children’s Home Gift Collection

 

DECEMBER

All Month - Food Collection continues each week in front of Salem
 
December 7th – Social Action Committee Meeting
 
December 13th  - Bethany Children’s Home Gift Collection ends

  

HERE IS OUR CURRENT LINE UP:
Social Action Chair  Michael Flanagan
Month                      Ministry                                Committee Lead
 
Jan 10th                   Special Food Drive             Caitlin Swartley
Jan (all month)         Food Drive                          Caitlin Swartley
Feb (all month)        Food Drive                          Caitlin Swartley
Feb 14th                   Mission Sunday                  TBD
March (TBD)             Habitat For Humanity        Michael Flanagan 
March    (all month)  Food Drive                         Caitlin Swartley
March 14th               One Great Hour of Sharing     Caroline Dunleavy
April 11th                  Blanket Sunday                   Lindy Ratcliffe & Beth Mann
April (TBD)                Habitat For Humanity        Michael Flanagan
April 17th                  Care of the Environment    Lindy Radcliffe 
April (all month)       Food Drive                          Caitlin Swartley
May (TBD)                Habitat For Humanity         Michael Flanagan 
May (all month)        Food Drive                          Caitlin Swartley
May 23RD                 Pentecost Sunday               Caroline Dunleavy
June (TBD)               New Hope Pride                  TBD
June (TBD)               Habitat For Humanity          Michael Flanagan
June (TBD)               Doylestown Pride                 Michael Flanagan
June 13th                 Salem Church Coalition      Caroline Dunleavy
June (all month)      Food Drive                           Caitlin Swartley
July 11th                  Stuff The Bus                        Caitlin Swartley & Beth Mann
July (all month)       Food Drive                            Caitlin Swartley
Aug                          Stuff The Bus                        Caitlin Swartley & Beth Mann
Aug (all month)       Food Drive                            Caitlin Swartley
September 12th     Doylestown FISH                   Roy Breffitt
Sept (all month)      Food Drive                           Caitlin Swartley
Oct 3rd                    Care of the Environment     Lindy Radcliffe 
Oct 10th                  Neighbors in Need              Caroline Dunleavy
Oct (all month)       Food Drive                            Caitlin Swartley
Nov14th                  Bethany Children’s Home    TBD  & The Becks
Nov (all month)       Food Drive                           Caitlin Swartley
Dec                          Bethany Children’s Home    TBD  & The Becks
Dec (all month)       Food Drive                            Caitlin Swartley

 

Thank You for ALL you have done and continue to do!
 

FOOD DRIVE UPDATE - DONATE AND FEED THOSE IN NEED
Caitlin Swartley, Committee Lead
Our food drive continues to be this year’s ROCK STAR! Thank you to all our neighbors and members for your donations. Food Donations
2017 – 1,899 pounds donated
2018 – 2,648 pounds donated
2019 – 1,702 pounds donated
2020 -  2,219 pounds though September 2020


Contributors Welcome
Have a thought or article we should share or an idea for one? Drop us a note by clicking here


Committee Leads:
Ministry                                                                    Committee Lead             Sponsor    
Bethany Children’s Home                                        TBD                                 The Becks
Blanket Sunday                                                         Beth Mann            
Care of the Environment / Roadside Clean Up      Lindy Radcliffe    
Doylestown Pride                                                      Michael Flanagan
FISH                                                                            Roy Breffitt
Food Drive                                                                 Caitlin Swartley
Habitat For Humanity                                                Michael Flanagan
New Hope Pride                                                        Michael Flanagan
Raising Rainbows                                                      Camila Sansalone
Salem Church Coalition                                           Caroline Dunleavy
Stuff The Bus                                                             Beth Mann

Thank You for all you have done and continue to do!

Michael
Michael Flanagan
Social Action Chair
Salem Church, Doylestown, PA

Resources for Education
VOTER RESOURCES
Ready yourself to vote!
The UCC has put together the links below that offers QUICK AND EASY LINKS TO CHECK YOUR VOTING STATUS, register to vote and find where to vote. In addition, there are links to upcoming seminars like:
League of Women Voters is a good, nonpartisan website for great information and links

Vote 411 was launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. 

Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people.

Being a Civil Voice in Uncivil Times by the United Church of Christ
 
BLACK LIVES MATTER

Emmanuel Acho, “uncomfortable conversation” with white America Americans Click here To Watch His Videos Click Here.

 

COVID
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MINISTRIES
Doylestown FISH and how do we contact them?

How To Contact: Persons who need our services should call our answering service at 215-348-7172.

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On Our Environment

From The United Church of Christ The UCC Environmental Justice/Climate

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