Westerly Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
57 Elm Street, Westerly, RI 02891-2136
(401) 474-9635

Social Action

Westerly Meeting members engage in Social Action in various ways.

Through the Outreach Committee we support the Westerly Area Rest and Meals (WARM) shelter, providing dinner for about 30 homeless residents on the third Sunday of each month. The committee "host" organizes, delivers, and serves the meal; volunteers provide main dishes and side courses. We also participate in the annual WARM bowl-a-thon fundraiser, and the impressive array of bowling-pin trophies in the Meetinghouse attest to the fact that the Quaker team(s), if not always the top-scorers, are usually the "high-rollers" for the shelter.

The First Day School committee looks for ways to involve the children in Social Action each year. In the past they have raised money to purchase livestock for families in developing countries through the Heifer Project, visited the Voluntown Peace Farm as a part of an Earth Day project, and helped with a fundraiser for the AFSC-SENE office as a part of their SPICES project on Friends testimonies.

The Witness for Peace and Justice committee has sponsored a number of initiatives, including a series of Quaker Cafes to raise awareness on topics ranging from the Iraq War(s) to the plight of immigrants. Working with the Ministry and Counsel committee, WP&J in 2008 initiated the Meeting’s membership in the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and obtained a Torture Is Wrong banner to display periodically at the curb. Members of the committee have hosted monthly rehearsals at the meetinghouse for the local chapter of the Raging Grannies social-action chorus, and they have sponsored a founding membership in the Voluntown Peace Trust to support the nearby farm in its summer camp for inner-city kids, its organic CSA garden, and its Cooperative for Nonviolent Action programs.

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