We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  We believe that every person should have the same rights and privileges, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religious beliefs, or physical capabilities.  We work to bring better awareness and understanding about issues of fairness and equality.  If you believe what we believe, we hope you will join us at our next committee meeting.

Examples of our activities include group volunteer days at Transitions and Harvest Hope, the Inclement Weather Shelter, the Seeds of Hope Farmers Market and the Share the Plate Program.

Upcoming Events

Moderated Discussion on the Book White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo

Please join us for a moderated discussion of the controversial New York Times bestseller, White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo. Robin DiAngelo is an academic, lecturer, and author and has been a consultant and trainer on issues of racial and social justice for more than twenty years. She formerly served as a tenured professor of multicultural education at Westfield State University.

White Fragility explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

Come explore the 12-chapter book in four moderated sessions (3 chapters per class) during the month of August on Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm.   Classes will meet August 6, 13, 20, and 27.

You will find the ZOOM meeting link on our website uucolumbia.org at News/Meeting Info. http://www.uucolumbia.dreamhosters.com/news/calendar/meeting-info/

There will be a Reader’s Guide on our Website.  For more information, please contact Rebecca Drennan at rebecca@creativetransformation.com(Sponsored by UUCC, Adult Religious Education Committee)

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Virtual Meeting: Sun, August 23rd 1pm

If you would like login info, please contact socialaction@uucolumbia.org.  Hope to see you all then!

Pride Parade Float 2018

Save the Date: 2020 Pride Parade Oct 16

As the situation stands right now, our Pride events this year are still scheduled for October 16 and 17. Please keep in mind this may change in the coming weeks as new information becomes available. We are also in the process of developing and introducing additional policies and procedures to aid in safety and social distancing during any Pride hosted events.

Harvest Hope Food Bank Volunteers Needed

As always, please make sure to take your own safety into consideration first before volunteering.  This is just an option for volunteering.  UUCC remains closed and recommends you stay home unless it's safe to go out.

Harvest Hope has the following volunteer opportunities available -
  • Senior Box Packing
  • Shifts available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 am - 11 am.
  • 12 volunteers per shift will gather at our Bluff Road warehouse (1117 Bluff Road) to pack our CSFP Senior boxes.
  • This is an indoor task, but this warehouse does not have A/C, so please prepare accordingly.
  • Crisis Volunteering
  • Shifts available Monday and Wednesday from 9 am - 11 am and 11 am - 1 pm.
  • 30 individuals will be stationed at various food stations outside of our Shop Road location (2220 Shop Road) to put food into trunks of those needing assistance.
  • All volunteer jobs will be outdoors, so please dress accordingly.
The requirements for both of these jobs are:
  • Be in good health
  • Be at least 15 years old
  • Be able to lift 15 lbs.
  • Be able to stand on your feet for 2 hours
  • Be able to work in hot temperatures
If you wish to sign up for the "Senior Box Packing" please choose the option "Senior Box Packing Bluff Rd - Midlands". If you wish to sign up for "Crisis Pantry Drive-Thru Service" please choose the option "Crisis Volunteering Shop Rd - Midlands". Please only sign up for one shift per week.
As shifts fill, you will no longer be able to sign up. We post new shifts every Friday afternoon, so please check back.
We will have hand sanitizer and gloves on site, but we do not have masks to hand out. You will need to bring your own mask to wear.
When you arrive, please remain in your car until your shift start time. A volunteer coordinator will sign you in and give you your assignment.
Thank you,
Midlands Volunteer Department of Harvest Hope

 

 

From Stonewall to the #BlackLivesMatter / #DefundthePolice uprisings, we continue to be in solidarity with justice movement that affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all. In 2020, we must fight in solidarity with our BIPOC communties for representation and accountability in our governemnt. One of the ways we can do this is to make sure our LGBTQ siblings are counted in the 2020 Census.

The Census misses or undercounts hundreds of thousands of marginalized people, including low-income people, people of color, and very young children. At the same time, it over counts, or double-counts, hundreds of thousands of people with the most privilege, including the white population, homeowners, and wealthy people.

Find out more about UUtheVote.org

Feeding the Hungry at Transitions: Suspended Until Further Notice

Because we can no longer volunteer, please consider donating these things that Transitions needs:

  • Brown lunch bags and plastic wrap
  • Bottled water
  • Heavy duty paper plates
  • Cans of Lysol and hand sanitizer and liquid soap
  • Financial support

Sign Up for a One-Time Meal Service

Sign Up for Recurring Meal Service

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Contact Elizabeth Igleheart about making donations - even pickup.  EIgleheart@TransitionsSC.org

Once UUCC opens up again

UUCC has a continuing commitment to help serve the evening meal at Transitions Homeless Recovery Center, 2025 Main Street in Columbia, on the second Saturday of every month. Please arrive by 5:15, as the service window is 5:30 to 6:00. Park in the Transitions lot. Sign in at the Security Office. Remember to bring a hat unless you prefer to wear one of the disposable hair nets they provide. We have stools for anyone who might find it uncomfortable to stand for 30 minutes. Please email Bob at Uubobwhit@gmail.com  if you are available.

Hold Shelter Donations

Hold your donations for now. The weather is warming up and the shelter hasn't been open much recently.  The Social Action Committee collects donations of current magazines and unused personal-sized toiletries for the Inclement Weather Center, the winter shelter for the homeless.  The shelter, managed by Transitions, is open from November 1 to April 1 when the temperature falls below 40F. 100 to 150 or more clients use the shelter on a nightly basis. For donations of new or gently used shoes and clothing, such as coats, hats and gloves, advance arrangement is preferred.  Place donations in the basket on the left after entering the social hall.  For more information about donations or volunteering, contact Tom Clements at tomclements329@cs.com or 803-240-7268.

 

Be sure to see our Past Social Justice Activities and Charitable Activities


Collecting Donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank

Please bring your donations such as canned soups, vegetables, fruits, juices, peanut butter (in plastic jars), and pastas. Another very necessary item always needed is disposable diapers - all sizes - including adults. Remember to shop those" Buy one Get one Free" specials for the best bargains. Don't forget also that they need those plastic grocery bags. They may not be recyclable but they use them to bag groceries for their clients. Bring them in and we will see that they get them because they never have enough.

Transitions Library Volunteer Staff Needed

For the past 6 years, UUCC has staffed the Transitions Library 4-5 p.m. on Friday. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of providing a much-needed quiet area, recreational reading, and a source of information to the clients of Transitions. The work is fun and involves checking materials in and out and re-shelving. It is a great way to get to meet folks from a variety of backgrounds who have in common a lack of housing. The goal is to identify 8-9 UUCC members/friends who are willing to staff the library one Friday (4-5 p.m.) every couple of months. Training will be provided and you will be accompanied for your first time. No prior experience or special skills are needed. Phil Turner will schedule volunteers and lead the training. Please email him (pturner@unt.edu) if you are interested or have questions. Thank you!

Composting indoor collectors

Sign Up to Help Us Compost!

We have a program of collecting and composting food wastes and paper products from our events.  Food wastes and napkins are collected in a green tabletop canister; paper plates, when we use them, are collected on the table top itself or in a tub.