What Does Membership in the Pioneer Valley Project Mean to a Local Congregation?
The Pioneer Valley Project is a coalition of faith communities and other groups who seek to transform conditions in the Springfield area. Join us at this Sunday to meet Verne McArthur from the Unitarian Universalist Society. The Unitarian congregation has been a part of PVP for over 20 years. Verne will tell us how his congregation has benefited from membership. Should First Church join PVP? Let’s hear from Verne what impact PVP has had on the wider community and how we could be part of this effort
Last year members of the Social Justice Team of First Church attended a large gathering at a church in Holyoke to hear testimony from families who fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The speakers were people living in motels with their children, hoping FEMA and our elected officials would help them. Pioneer Valley Project made it possible for one hundred of these folks to travel to Washington, D.C. to make their situation known more clearly. As a result, FEMA extended the deadline to find permanent housing and one thousand people locally did not become homeless. Because FEMA is a federal agency, this action by PVP affected families in the entire country . This is just one example of the work of the Pioneer Valley Project.