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

Reflecting on Race: Tues, Jan 26, 2021 

Join us on Zoom for discussions on race from 7pm-8:30pmTopics will include Institutional Racism, White Privilege, Reimagining the Police, the proposed UUA 8th Principle and possible actions and ways to move forward.  Zoom link can be found on the website or email publicity@uucolumbia.org

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Sunday, January 24, 2021 1pm

Join our monthly meeting via Zoom to connect with other people interested in social action and find out what we are doing in our community.  All are welcome.  Meeting link can be found here.

Homeless Shelter Donations

Please Donate to the Winter Shelter.  The Social Action Committee is again soliciting donations of lightly used clothing (especially hats, gloves and coats), current magazines and unused personal-sized toiletries for the Inclement Weather Center, known as the “winter shelter” for the city’s adult homeless.  The city funded shelter, managed by Transitions, is open from November 1 to April 1 when the temperature falls below 40F. So far this season it has already been open several times, serving about 50 clients per night and that number will grow to over 100 as winter arrives. Transitions is doing its best to protect clients, staff and volunteers from COVID19 and does not want to halt serving this population in need.   Once you have accumulated enough items to warrant a pick-up, Tom Clements (tomclements329@cs.com, cell 803-240-7268) will pick them up in Columbia and Laura Hartwig (publicity@uucolumbia.org  914-482-2899) will pick up in Lexington County. If you live further out Tom, who lives near downtown, could arrange to meet on your trip into the city. Thanks, yall!

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

 

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

I can help in the Clothing Closet!

Shop our Amazon Wish Lists

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.

 

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.