Uncommon Good's Executive Director, Nancy Mintie, is a long-time parishioner at OLA and the organization has been a part of the parish's ministry for over a decade. Offices are located in the Whole Earth Building behind Claremont United Methodist Church, at 211 W. Foothill Blvd, in Claremont. Phone number is (909) 625-2248.
Uncommon Good is a nonprofit organization that serves the poor, offering programs in education, health, and the environment:
1. Connect to College: This is a program that helps low income children and youth succeed in school and go to college. It provides mentors, tutors, educational enrichment, parenting education and social services.
2. Teen Green: This is a youth environmental leadership and community service program in which young people design and carry out projects to help preserve the environment.
3. Urban Agriculture: Through Uncommon Good's Fiddleneck Family Farms, unemployed immigrants with farming expertise (whose children are in our Connect to College program) are employed raising pesticide-free and chemical-free fruits and vegetables. our organic produce is available at the Claremont Farmers Market every Sunday; all unsold produce is distributed to poor families.
4. Medical Education debt (MED) Relief: This program supports doctors, dentists, optometrists, and pharmacists who work in free clinics. We help them repay their student loans so that they can serve the poor.
Veggies and fruits grown in Claremont and Pomona using organic methods are now available for sale at the office of Uncommon Good, located at the back end of the Methodist property at 211 W. Foothill Blvd. Claremont. Hours of sales are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors or tutors to the children of the Connect to College program. Volunteers must be in college or have a college education. Mentors agree to meet with their mentee once a week for a year to engage in no cost or low cost fun activities such as going to a park or doing an art project. Tutors agree to meet with their student once a week for one school quarter or semester. More information about mentoring and tutoring can be found on Uncommon Good's website at www.uncommongood.org
Volunteers also are needed in the urban agriculture program to help staff the farmers market, donate excess backyard fruit or vegetables, or offer part of their property for cultivation as a “backyard farm plot.”