Building Sustainable Communities
"The most vulnerable persons and communities affected by social, economic, and political oppression will be supported in their efforts to develop socially, economically, politically and environmentally sustainable communities and achieve a higher quality of life."
UCC/Church World Service development goal
The One Great Hour of Sharing commitment to building sustainable communities is rooted in our theological understanding that every human being is created in the image of God and that all are kin in the human family; that the earth and its resources come from God and are provided to serve the needs and support the spiritual growth of all; that we are charged to recognize the most vulnerable as our special concern, in keeping with the teaching and practice of Christ; and that we are further charged to participate in God's work of restoring justice when the opportunities and resources that are the common birthright of all have been denied to any through economic, social, political, or other oppression.
Our inspiration is drawn from the Christian tradition, our work is inclusive and non-sectarian. By following Jesus' example to give help to the poor, nourishment to the hungry, liberation to the captives, healing to the sick, and justice to the oppressed, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran's status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law, One Great Hour of Sharing demonstrates faithfulness and participates in God's work of loving and healing the world.
60 percent of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering is utilized to build sustainable communities. The primary areas of emphasis are education, health care, agricultural development and micro-credit.
Give a community fish and there is food for one day. Teach a community to fish and there is food for a lifetime.
All gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing are tax deductible and 100% of designated gifts go to the designated area of response. Non-designated funds are encouraged. They allow One Great Hour of Sharing to address future, hidden, and forgotten emergencies around the world.