THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY
SUPPORTING GOODWILL AND COMMUNITY EFFORTS
In cities on every continent, members of the Church donate thousands of hours in community work and provide assistance to a wide range of other goodwill and community groups and activities.
Churches of Scientology support and contribute to a variety of other established community programs such as the Red Cross, the March of Dimes, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and local community groups in cities the world over. Church members support of these programs ranges from broad participation in drug-free blood drives and walk-a-thons, to citywide collection of holiday toys for needy children, and the donation of food and clothing for families in need.
For years, the Church of Scientology in Portland has provided assistance to the Northeast Emergency Food Program, sponsored by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. The Portland church displays the award certificate received for outstanding contribution to the programs fund-raising efforts. In 1997, Portlands Bureau of Buildings contacted the Church for help in caring for a low-income family it was evicting from a house that was no longer safe. Using building supplies donated by the community, a group of Scientologists, along with members of the Portland Police Department, freely gave their time and labor to the project. When they had finished, the house exceeded every local building standard and the residents were able to remain.
In Orange County, California, Scientologists helped form a local chapter of the Food for All program with Lutheran Social Services and Presbyterian and Catholic groups in the area which provides food for the homeless.
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