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, and the Share the Plate Program.

Upcoming Events

Canvas the County-Human Trafficking

Sistercare, Inc. will be sponsoring a first “Canvas the County” event on the weekend of July 27-28 to distribute posters with vital information on trafficking of young women in our community to local businesses and public locations. If you are able to join this effort, we will be distributing posters in Richland County on both days. Please be in touch with Laura Hartwig (socialaction@uucolumbia.org) or Cheryl Soehl (csoehl@soehl.com) to let us know your availability and/or willingness to post this information in your local businesses or workplace.

 

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Seeds of Hope Farmers’ Market Now Thru Aug 5th!

Our annual fresh market stand in front of the church will be available Sundays from 10:30am to 12:30pm from June 17 through August 5. This is a nice project that sponsors low income farmers, and is a great treat for us with fresh produce available each Sunday right at our front door! We’ll need two volunteers each Sunday to work the table, so please consider signing up.
Last summer we broke our sales record by selling $1500 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. The market is a nice invitation to the community as they are out on Sunday morning walks to stop by and pick up fresh produce from the smiling faces of the volunteers that assist for the UUCC Seeds of Hope. Email Bauer to sign up at bwesteren@hotmail.com Or Sign up to work the market now: http://bit.ly/uucc-seeds

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Social Action Committee Meeting: Sun, Aug 26th

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

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.

Thinking Outside the Gender Box: Sun, Sept 16

Join us for a teach-in about understanding the transgender community and how to support them on Sunday, Sept 16 at 12:45pm.  Contact SocialAction@uucolumbia.org for more info. Sign up to help here.


Famously Hot SC Pride Parade: Fri, Oct 19

Another fun night parade!  Come out and help us support, celebrate, educate, and advocate for the LGBT community and culture of South Carolina.  Parade starts at 7pm.  This has always been a big event for UUCC, so come join the fun and wear you’re yellow shirt.  We’ll have a float to decorate, so plan to come early to help!


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 Social Action Committee would like to thank everyone who donated toiletries, magazines and clothing during the winter season for use by clients at the Inclement Weather Center (aka the winter shelter).  During the cold spell, the shelter served over 200 people per night and your donations were much appreciated. As the city-funded shelter is open from November 1 to April 1, when it’s below 40 degrees, we ask that you hold further donations until mid-October. Please spread the word that we especially welcome hotel-sized toiletries gathered during summer travels of you and family and friends. Contact Tom Clements for more information, tomclements329@cs.com, cell 803-240-7268