Part of the SCPN's mission is to help support and promote local charity groups and other organizations who while they may or may not be part of the Pagan community they are part of the entire community at large. We, along with other organizations, have compiled a list of links that might be of interest if you would like to help make a difference.
Redwood Empire Food Bank
The Redwood Empire Food Bank is the leader in hunger relief. We respond to the immediate needs of people seeking help through the provision of healthy food and nutrition education. We pursue long-term solutions to food insecurity through public policy and the development of partnerships with civic, faith-based, corporate and government organizations and, most importantly, individuals in our community. Visit their web site at https://www.refb.org
The Living Room
The Living Room is the only daytime drop-in program in Sonoma County that specifically serves homeless and at-risk women and their children. It fills a special niche in conjunction with other community agencies, providing participants from nearby programs and shelters with a place to be during the day when shelters are closed. It is also a critical first stop for women who are the verge of becoming homeless, the first place that at-risk or newly homeless turn to for relief and referral guidance.
Visit their web site at: http://www.thelivingroomsc.org/index.htm
COTS, A Local Homeless Shelter
COTS offers help and hope to homeless persons in Sonoma County by providing safe shelter and housing, helping people develop steady incomes and helping them get back under a roof of their own.
They help homeless families become stable and break the cycle of homelessness by teaching homeless parents to make their children's needs a high priority and to provide a safe, loving and secure home for their children.
Find out how you can help by visiting their web site at:
Pagans In The Military
Graphic created by Linda Johnson
Many of us might forget that when we say "support our troops" it does not necessarily mean that we support the political policies of our governing administrators. What we might forget is that the men and women who go to serve in the military are as diverse as the civilian population in their backgrounds and their beliefs. There are many men and women serving in the military right now who are of Pagan faith and they and their families need our support.
If you can and would like to help out here are a few links of interest:
Military Pagan Network, Inc. The Military Pagan Network is member-supported and relies on dues and donations to fund various publications and projects and to cover administrative costs. Our mission is to:
• advocate for those faced with harassment or discrimination
• facilitate networking within the military Pagan community
• provide information to military and government agencies regarding various Neopagan practices
• suggest to military and government agencies additions or modifications to regulations and policies that will both include and take into consideration Neopagan religions and practices. For more information visit their web site at http://www.milpagan.org
Pagan Headstone Campaign
Pentacle Finally Accepted For Veterans Headstones! May 11, 2007
This is a landmark decision folks. At long last the Wiccan pentacle has been added to the list of emblems allowed in national cemeteries and on government-issued headstones of fallen soldiers, according to a settlement announced Monday May 7, 2007.
To view the Dept. of Veterans Affairs list of available emblems visit: http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/hm/hmemb.asp
The Pagan Headstone Campaign is a site dedicated to adding symbols to declare their religion on the headstones of Pagan soldiers who have fallen for our country.
A special thank you to everyone who signed petitions and got the word out to help make this victory possible!
Operation Homefront is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to military families while service members are deployed. They support our nations troops by allowing military personnel to focus on the demands of their duties abroad. There is also a Sacramento chapter.
Patriot Defenders Network
Patriot Defenders Network works to keep people abreast of the events around our community that support our troops and their families still at home.
Victims of Disasters
In response to the horrible tragedy of hurricane Katrina the SCPN compiled the following list of organizations which were collecting donations for the victims. Today we retain this list as a reference for general disaster relief organizations.
Officers of Avalon began in December 1999 as an online discussion group for law enforcement officers who follow pagan spiritual paths. Today OOA represents Pagans who work as police officers and other professionals in the emergency services.
The American Red Cross
Habitat For Humanity