Serve Our Neighbors

We Serve With Love !


Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ is committed to fighting hunger, homelessness and improving the lives of marginalized communities. 



We Fight Hunger and Homelessness !

Some of the ways we fight hunger and homelessness:


- we donate food & school supplies

- we assemble food baskets at Christmas

- we collect toys at Christmas

- we serve as overnight hosts at the Interfaith Shelter

- we prepare lunches at a local senior center

- we pack emergency meals for homeless

- we glean fruit that would otherwise go to waste and give it to organizations that serve the hungry.

- we prepare lunches for the Voices of Our City homeless choir



We Fight for Social Justice !


Some of the ways we fight for Social Justice:


- we are regular participants in the San Diego Pride parade

- we are regular participants of the Partnership for Racial Justice

- we belong to a number of other social justice organizations

- our Social Justice committee helps us work towards creating an inclusive world that values all 

- invited our Muslim neighbors to join us in an Interfaith Service project at our church



We Support Our Neighbors Abroad


We are at the beginning stages of what we hope will be a long term beneficial relationship with the Heian Church in Japan. Last year, a delegation from Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ, visited the Heian Church. This year, members of the Heian Church will visit our church. 


Join Us As We Work Together for Good! 


Our Board of Ministries sponsors all-church mission projects each year that serve the less fortunate in our community. Join us as we work together for good! Past projects have included packing 16,500 meals for San Diego's food insecure population, packing 2,000 hygiene kits for San Diego's homeless and collecting school supplies for San Diego's low income children.


We Continue to Expand our Work for a Better World by Going Green!


In 2018, the Board of Ministries adopted a Sustainability Initiative to build upon the great work that the Board of Trustees had already started on our campus in the area of Creation Care. The Board of Trustees installed solar panels and replaced all of our landscaping with drought tolerant plantings. We continue to build on this work by improving our recycling program, eliminating styrofoam containers and encouraging members to adopt earth friendly practices at such as bringing their own reusable drink cups both at home and at church. 



  • POVUCC walkers participating in CCSA Hunger Walk
  • Members posing with food collected for CCSA
  • POVUCC members with food collected for Haitian refugees
  • Church members having fun at all-church food packing event
  • POVUCC members packing food during the BIG Pack.
  • POVUCC members posing for a picture after packing food bags at CCSA
  • POVUCC members serving lunch to seniors at Garden Villas
  • Pastor Mary Sue Brookshire and POVUCC members at the Gay Pride Parade
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WANT TO SEE how we are helping our community?

 

Click here to watch a video on how we are serving.

 

 

Local Organizations We Serve

COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SERVICE AGENCY

CCSA is an ecumenical Christian agency that provides emergency services to individuals and families in need in San Diego County, including food, clothing, and referrals, and where practicable, counseling to assist in their transition to self-reliance.

 

For a list of current needs for CCSA click here.

 

UPTOWN COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER

A non-profit 501(c)3 organization in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego.  It is run by dedicated volunteers and provides services to over 2,000 homeless and very-low income persons each month.

 

SENIOR LUNCH PROGRAM AT GARDEN VILLAS

Weekly lunch program that is served by dedicated volunteers to San Diego Seniors. POVUCC volunteers serve lunch at Garden Villas periodically. Garden Villas’ residents and anyone
in the community can come to eat for just $3.00
– menu varies. Click here to find out when POVUCC prepares lunches for Garden Villas. Have fun and Join the POVUCC team.

 

PREPARE DINNER FOR HOMELESS TEENS

On the second Thursday of each month, volunteers prepare dinner for homeless teens and deliver it to Storefront, a center for homeless teens in Hillcrest. Please sign-up in the Fellowship Hall or contact the church office if you are able to help out!