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

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Sunday, September 26, 2021 Following the Service (approx 12:15pm)

Plan to meet in person in the sanctuary or join us via Zoom.  Meeting details should be on the Meeting Info page under News in the dropdown.  Contact socialaction@uucolumbia.org for more info.

Fri, Oct 22: Columbia Pride Parade 7:30pm

The pride parade is back and we will be meeting at the usual location at the corner of Laurel and Main.  If you’d like to participate aboard the UUCC float, please contact Kevin & Connie to sign up (space is limited.) Email:  socialaction@uucolumbia.org

 

Pride Parade Float 2018

Please Donate to the Winter Shelter

The Social Action Committee is again soliciting 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 (tomclements329@cs.com, cell 803-240-7268) with any questions.

View our Reflecting on Race Event 

Topics included Institutional Racism, White Privilege, Reimagining the Police, the proposed UUA 8th Principle and possible actions and ways to move forward.  See our all racism resources. 

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

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 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.

 

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

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.