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Building a home with your bare hands might be just the thing if you´re looking to do good and dispel your apathy at the same time. Check out a great presentation from a nonprofit that builds affordable homes on the Navajo reservation—or, why not take in a sermon at the Unitarian Church on how the financial crisis is taking a toll on the nonprofit housing sector? To keep the Sabbath really active, you also will want to swing by Main Street Plaza to catch the second “kiss-in” event—a rally where participants will show affection in solidarity with a gay couple recently detained and arrested for PDA on church property.

DesignBuildBluff: The Architecture of Compassion
Thursday, July 16
Learn about a nonprofit that builds simple and ergonomic homes for families of the Navajo reservation in southeastern Utah. The event is free and open to the public and is a good introduction to a great hands-on service endeavor. REI Salt Lake City, 3285 E. 3300 South, July 16, 7 p.m., 435-654-3744,

The Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Nonprofit Community & Affordable Housing
Sunday, July 19

In trying times like these, economically speaking, it’s easy to remember how the hurt hits everyone—but some more than others. Don Gomes, director of the Utah Nonprofit Association, and Darin Brush of the Community Development Corporation of Utah discuss strategies for protecting affordable housing in the currently crunched market. First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, 569 S. 1300 East, July 19, 10 a.m., 801-582-7783, jmg@csolutions

Silent Kissing Protest
Sunday, July 19
In support of gay couple Derek Jones and Matt Aune, who were detained and cited for trespassing for hand-holding on church property, a second kiss-in protest has been organized for this Sunday. Show up with a loved one or smoochin’ buddy, gay or straight, and show a little love in the name of tolerance and fairness. Main Street Plaza, South Temple entrance, Salt Lake City, July 19, noon, contact

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