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

Seeds Of Hope Farmers Market: Thru Aug 4

 

10:30am-12:30pm.  The Seeds of Hope project is an annual project in which UUCC sponsors a fresh market stand in front of the church Farmer's Market Bannerbeginning each Sunday. Last summer we sold over $550 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.  We need volunteers to work our table!  Please sign up by emailing bwesteren@hotmail.com or click the link below:
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Social Action Committee Meeting: Sun, July 28

12:30pm in the sanctuary.  All welcome.  Please join us!  Any questions, please contact socialaction@uucolumbia.org.

Volunteers needed for Harvest Hope Food Bank: Sat, Aug 3.

Volunteers should be 16 years or older.  Shift will likely be 9am to Noon at their warehouse in Columbia.  Contact Joan Watterson for more information. If you can help, please email SocialAction@uucolumbia.org as soon as possible or click here to sign up.

New Poor People's Campaign

Sat, Aug 3: statewide gathering of the South Carolina Poor People's Campaign

We will be meeting from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Christ Mission Church on Winyah Drive in Columbia, SC. Additional details will be available soon. The purpose of the meeting is to identify our organizing agenda for the next year as we build off our recent poverty tour events in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston and the Moral Action Congress in DC last month. This statewide meeting will be a good time to reconnect with each other and connect with those who are looking to be a part of PPC, so please invite your friends and co-laborers in our struggles for survival, equality, peace, and democracy. Make sure you RSVP now to let us know you will be coming and get details and a reminder email as the date gets closer!

Feeding the Hungry at Transitions: Sat, August 11th

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 bobwhit46@gmail.com if you are available.

Sun, Sept 15: The Bail Trap: American Ransom- Screening and Discussion

1-3pm at UUCC. Money bail is one of the main feeders of America's mass incarceration system – and yet something most Americans know very little about.

Money bail is one of the main feeders of America's mass incarceration system –and yet something most Americans know very little about. Brave New Films is producing a series of short films to change that.The money bail system is broken: private companies achieve exorbitant profits by scavenging off of communities (primarily of color) living in poverty. Low-income Americans are sitting in jails for days, months, and even years for the most minor of infractions simply because they can’t afford to pay high bond amounts. The reality is that the majority of people –over 70% -are in jails for one simple reason: being too poor. This is both morally and legally wrong. Film generously donated by Brave New Films.

Pride Parade Float 2018

Famously Hot Pride Parade: Friday, Oct 4th

The 2019 Get Lit Night Parade will begin at 7:30pm.  We will be having committee meetings to discuss this year's float decorations.  Since it's another night parade, start collecting your glow in the dark paraphernalia and plan on wearing your yellow t-shirt.  More info coming soon, but be sure to mark your calendar!

 

Protection for Child Victims of Sex Trafficking: Sun, Dec 8th, 1:30-3pm

Discussion and legislative update of a bill that needs to pass.

Do Something About ICE Raids

Volunteers are being recruited to work a hotline for those affected by ICE raids.  Calls would be routed to your phone number and you would simply have to fill out a Google form with the information you are given. Training will be provided. Spanish skills are helpful but not required.  This is currently in the planning stages and you could expect calls in the coming weeks.  They are looking for volunteers to commit to 1-3 hours per week.  Of course, you would not be working all those hours, you would just need to be available to receive calls.  Contact Julia Dawson for more info at 803-447-2136 or jcdawson@email.sc.edu. You are welcome to find out more without making a commitment.

SCJLUSA (The people who brought you Ban the Box) is looking for sponsorships for their conference in Nov that will offer services to those directly impacted by incarceration

and bring awareness to politicians about some of the issues those who are directly impacted face. The conference will be directed at those who have a record. We will also have an entrepreneurial class, couponing class, emotional intelligence class, someone from MTC offering grants and much more.  The cost of attendance will be $25.00 per person. Contact Teisha at scjlusa@yahoo.com for more info.

SC Fair Maps

The problem: Gerrymandered Maps SC Fair Maps is a bipartisan coalition of individual advocates and organizations working to empower voters in the Palmetto State by passing legislation to create a citizens’ commission that would draw district lines. That power now rests with lawmakers, who draw “safe” districts to benefit themselves and their parties rather than the people they were entrusted to serve. UUCC plans to work with SC Fair Maps to get signatures for their petition.  Check back soon for more info.  fairmapssc.comFollow their facebook page to get up to date info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/631723933934921/

 

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


Every Friday - Transitions Library Volunteer Staff

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!

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.

Shelter Donations November-March

The Inclement Weather Center - the winter shelter for the homeless - is open from November thru March when the temperature falls to 40F or lower. The Social Action Committee collects magazines and unused personal-sized toiletries for clients using the shelter, operated by Transitions staff and volunteers during those months.  Please hold your donations until November when we will be collecting again. Gloves, warm hats and winter clothing will then be accepted.  For more information about donating or about how to volunteer at the shelter, contact Tom Clements, tomclements329@cs.com, cell 803-240-7268.

Newberry UU Announces Sanctuary Status

Clayton Memorial UU Church has announced their intention to be a sanctuary church. The address is 334 Clayton Memorial Church Rd, Newberry, SC 29108.  We plan to support them when they lets us know what their needs are. In the meantime, please post supportive messages to their website and facebook pages to offset the negative messages they are receiving. Also, be sure to show your support by signing here: http://bit.ly/support-CMUU.  The form indicates an organization, but specifically states that signing shows YOUR support, not that of the organization.