Social Action Activities
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.
Sunday, January 23, 2022 Following the Service (approx 12:15pm)
The Social Action Committee will meet in person 15 minutes after the end of the UUCC service in the Sanctuary observing indoor Covid protocols. We will stream the event as well. Meeting details should be on the Meeting Info page under News in the dropdown. Questions? Contact Kevin McKinney or Connie Quirk at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Winter Shelter Donations
Please hold your donations at this time. We will be collecting them again soon! The Social Action Committee collects donations of lightly used clothing - especially hats, gloves and coats - shoes, current magazines and unused personal-sized toiletries for the Inclement Weather Center, the “winter shelter” for Columbia’s homeless. You may place your donations in the container in the Social Hall. The shelter, managed by Transitions, is open from November 1 to April 1 when the temperature falls below 40F. Last season, over 100 adults used the facility each night it was open. Please contact Tom Clements (email@example.com, cell 803-240-7268) with any questions.
Harvest Hope Food Donations Needed
Now that we are back to in-person Sunday services we can again support the good work that Harvest Hope is doing to feed hungry people in the Midlands. Please bring your donations, such as any canned food items; rice; pasta; disposable baby diapers. Do NOT bring expired items, glass containers, or fresh produce. The Harvest Hope grocery cart can be found under the windows in the social hall.
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
Contact Elizabeth Igleheart about making donations - even pickup. EIgleheart@TransitionsSC.org
Once the pandemic is over
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested or have questions. Thank you!
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.