Past Charitable Activities
Harvest Hope Volunteer Day: Sat, Aug 3rd
Thanks so much to our volunteers that showed up to help Harvest Hope Food Bank this weekend. They did a great job of representing the UUs! Thanks to Joan, Beverly, Jeanette, David, Ginny, Jim, Ceren, Charlie, and Kathy!
Seeds of Hope Summer 2019
We had another successful year helping Farmer Reed earn extra money. This year we sold over $600 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables and charmed all the neighbors. Look for us again next summer with a new tent to provide extra shade. Thanks so much to Bauer and our volunteers. We couldn't do this without them!
NAMI Walks: Sat, May 4, 2019
NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides support, education, and advocacy to hundreds of thousands of families, individuals, educators, mental health service providers, and law enforcement professionals each year. We walked and raised $385 to support this great cause. There's still time to support our team here: http://bit.ly/UUCC-NAMI
Families Helping Families: 2018
This year we again sponsored four needy families and were able to collect 100% of their requested gifts. Thanks so much to Jeanette, Bonnie, Patty, Beverly, and Anne who helped pull this all together. Here's a picture of the FHF warehouse where we dropped off the gifts. Find out more about Families Helping Families.
Harvest Hope Volunteer Day: Nov 3, 2018
14 of us showed up early Saturday morning to pack boxes for Harvest Hope Food Bank. It was hard work, but a great cause! Thanks so much to all those who came out to help. Thanks to Joan for organizing this volunteer day!
Seeds of Hope Summer 2018
Harvest Hope Volunteer Day: Sat, May 12, 2018
We are helped at the following post offices to help with Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Day, Cayce, Dutch Fork, Leesburg, Northeast, and Forest Acres. This is a national event where the actual mail carriers pick up food on their delivery routes and bring it back to the local post offices. We station about 3 or 4 volunteers per site to work from approx 2-6pm to help bring in bags of canned food from the postal trucks. Find out more about the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive here.
Below is the pounds of food collected from each location.
Leesburg = 7,187 – UUCC volunteers
Northeast = 7,466 – UUCC volunteers
Forest Acres = 5,539 – UUCC volunteers
Dutch Fork = 10,677 – UUCC volunteers
Assembly = 25,265 – United Way/YLS volunteers
Cayce = 18,227 – UUCC Volunteers
Total for all branches = 74,361
We are up from last year by 7,506!
Photo creds to Beck Sullivan. Click on images to see bigger.
Walk A Mile In Their Shoes: Thurs, April 12, 2018
Walk A Mile In Their Shoes is a community coming together to support Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, its mission, and the survivors we know and love. It is impossible to not know someone who has been impacted by sexual violence, even if you have not been told. Get more info here: https://www.walkamilesc.com
National Alliance on Mental Illness On April 1st we walked in Finlay Park with our UUCC banner with many wearing Standing on the Side of Love Shirts. We raised $540 for the charity. We have supported this event several years in a row.
UUCC volunteers served at Harvest Hope on a Saturday morning working side by side with other organizations packing Senior Boxes to help with the many needs of this important Food Bank of the Columbia area. Pictured are several of our Social Action Committee members who willingly give of their time to help others. 2016.
Seeds of Hope Summer 2017
The Seeds of Hope project is an annual project in which UUCC sponsors a fresh market stand in front of the church beginning each Sunday from mid-June through mid-August. Last summer we broke our sales record by selling $1500 worth of produce for Farmer Louis Reid who has become well known to us over the years as the farmer that has supplied us with the fresh fruits and vegetables. The market is a nice invitation to the community as they are out on Sunday morning walks to stop by and pick up fresh produce from the smiling faces of the volunteers that assist for the UUCC Seeds of Hope.