The practice of Goodness

The practice of goodness and volunteer work are characteristic of the União do Vegetal. (Santarém – PA). Photo: DMD / Castelo de Marfim

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The União do Vegetal preaches to its members the practice of goodness as the way to defend from evil, as well as the way to cultivate love for God and their fellow human beings. Based on this guidance, the UDV develops beneficent actions that have attended to more than 80,000 people throughout Brazil. This work is voluntary and carried out by the associates affiliated to the UDV Núcleos, or by regional and local beneficent organizations created specifically for this purpose.

The Beneficent Association “Casa da União” was the first beneficent organization of the UDV, established on February 10, 1992, in Brasília (DF). Currently, there are 30 beneficent organizations run by members and linked to Nucleos of the Beneficent Spiritist Center União do Vegetal. They provide social, educational, medical, hospital, financial and cultural services to members of the Núcleos and to the community in which the Núcleos are located.

AID AND COOPERATION FROM THE BEGINNING

Providing help was part the daily life of Mestre Gabriel and his first disciples when he created the UDV, on July 22, 1961, in the rubber plantations in the Amazon. Living a very simple community with limited resources, they were able to cooperate and help each other.

This way of being continued naturally in Porto Velho (RO), where Mestre Gabriel and his disciples began the process of organizing the religion in 1965. In that city, the first legal registration or record was the Beneficent Association União do Vegetal (1967), and later became the Beneficent Spiritist Center União do Vegetal (1971).

PUBLIC UTILITY RECOGNIZED

For its long and extensive charitable work, the Beneficent Spiritist Center União do Vegetal received the title of Federal Public Utility from the Brazilian Government on July 22, 1999, and has had that title renewed every year since receipt. The Núcleos of the UDV and their regional and local beneficent organizations have also received public utility titles from seven state governments and eleven municipal governments. See the link below:

TITLE OF STATE PUBLIC UTILITY

There are nine Nucleos and beneficent organizations of the União do Vegetal bearing the title of State public utility:

            • Associação Beneficente Água Vida – Santarém/PA
            • Associação Beneficente Casa da Boa Esperança – Belém/PA
            • Casa Assistencial Coração de Maria – Rio de Janeiro/RJ
            • Casa da União Lar de Santana – Campo Grande/MS
            • Casa da União Santa Luzia – Cuiabá/MT
            • Centro Espírita Beneficente União do Vegetal – Núcleo Jardim Florido – Macapá/AP
            • Centro Espírita Beneficente União do Vegetal – Núcleo Estrela do Oriente – Boa Vista/RR
            • Centro Espírita Beneficente União do Vegetal – Núcleo Boa Vista – Boa Vista/RR
            • Instituto Beneficente Casa da União Divinópolis – Divinópolis/MG

TITLE OF MUNICIPAL PUBLIC UTILITY

The twelve Núcleos and beneficent organizations of the União do Vegetal bearing the title of municipal public utility are:

            • Associação Beneficente Novo Horizonte – Porto Velho/RO
            • Casa da União Lar de Santana – Campo Grande/MS
            • Centro Espírita Beneficente União do Vegetal – Núcleo Alta Floresta – Alta Floresta D’Oeste/RO
            • Centro Espírita Beneficente União do Vegetal – Núcleo Arco Iris – Joaçaba/SC
            • Centro Espírita Beneficente União do Vegetal- Núcleo Augusto Cangulê – Parauapebas/PA
            • Centro Espírita Beneficente União do Vegetal – Núcleo Rainha das Águas – Caldas/MG
            • Centro Espírita Beneficente União do Vegetal – Núcleo Rei Davi – Mogi das Cruzes/SP
            • Centro Espírita Beneficente União do Vegetal – Núcleo Santana do Paraíso – Santana do Paraíso/MG
            • Instituto Beneficente Casa Da União – Núcleo Lagoa da Prata – Lagoa da Prata/MG
            • Obras Assistenciais Casa do Bom Senhor da União – Ariquemes/RO
            • Unidade Assistencial do Núcleo Samaúma – Lar Sama – São Roque/SP
            • Unidade Beneficente Estrela da Manhã – Campinas/SP

“Note: In the English translation it was decided to preserve some words that are part of the UDV dialect in its original language, Portuguese.”