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, and the Share the Plate Program.

Action Items

The government is proposing a change to Public Charge determinations.  Comments are due by December 10 (https://aila.org/advo-media/agency-liaison/submit-feedback-notices-requests-for-comment/uscis-proposed-regulations-on-public-charge).

Upcoming Events 

Want a UU T-shirt? Orders due Jan 27th

We are taking orders now for $8/shirt. Long sleeve shirts are $10. Please email SocialAction@uucolumbia.org with your size and sleeve length preference. I will need all money by Sun, Jan 27th. Shirts will be delivered to the service Sun, Feb 10th. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks to David Bryan for ordering these shirts for us!

This Thanksgiving, give to detainees

El Refugio, the little yellow sanctuary which houses family and friends who visit people at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA, will be opening their doors to house people Fri, Nov 23 – Sun, Nov 25th. Connie and Kevin from our congregation are planning on volunteering again that weekend. Kevin will be accepting donations to support running the sanctuary. Find out more about El Refugio here: https://www.thenation.com/article/the-little-yellow-sanctuary-in-the-shadow-of-ice/ and see the CNN report on Stewart Detention Center here: https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2018/08/us/ice-detention-stewart-georgia/?utm_content=chapter_03 Contact connie.quirk@gmail.com  for more info. Joann Weiss (El Refugio coordinator and Board president) needs names and birth dates (exactly as they appear on the persons driver’s license) to turn into the Stewart Detention Center.  Knowing any languages you speak would also be helpful.


Families Helping Families: Sun, Nov 18- Sun, Dec 9th

We will once again be sponsoring four in-need families through the Palmetto Project.  The families they serve are referred by social service organizations as having special needs beyond their staff’s ability to help.  Often the breadwinner has been laid off, become disabled, or forced to spend limited savings on a medical emergency. With many, the consistent lack of food in the home has become so significant as to affect the health of the family members. Start looking for our two holiday trees in the social hall on Sunday, Nov 18th and be prepared to take a tag with a gift request.  Return your wrapped gift with a gift receipt and with our tag attached no later than Sun, Dec 9th.  We will be delivering the gifts on Monday, Dec 10th. People are encouraged to team up to cover the costs of the larger requests. Learn more and see some of the thank you notes we’ve received here.

As I look back over how much the Social Action Committee has accomplished this year, I’m thankful for The Committee that made these things possible.  For Jeanette, who signs us up for NAMI each year, and so much more.  For Bauer, who runs the Seeds of Hope Farmer’s Market each year.  For the 70 UU’s who came out to support reasonable gun legislation at the March for Our Lives.  For Robin & Ivy who helped us have such a wonderful pride parade.  For Linda who handled the Share the Plate program and Guest at Your Table event. For the kitchen committee who helped us through so many events.  For Bob who continually runs the Transitions dinner program and Phil who handles the Transitions library program. For Joan who takes our donations to Harvest Hope and organizes our volunteer days there.  For Tom who takes our donations for the Inclement Weather Center and volunteers there.  For Connie & Kevin who have been our immigration/Refugio ambassadors. For Joseph who introduced us to the Walk A Mile In Their Shoes -Sexual Trauma Services event.  For all those who show up at the events and work silently in the background and are always there to lend a hand.  For all those who aren’t named here because I’m simply running out of room/time but are vital to making the SAC year so successful.  Thank you! I couldn’t do it without you!


Feeding the Hungry at Transitions: Sat, Dec 8th

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.


Social Action Committee Meeting: Dec 16th

12:30pm in room 10.  All welcome.  Please join us!  Any questions, please contact socialaction@uucolumbia.org.

 

Thinking Outside the Gender Box: Sun, March 3

12:45pm.  Join us for a community conversation that will help you understand some of the basics about the transgender community and learn how you can become a desperately needed ally. We will have four speakers and then a Q&A panel discussion. You are also welcome to attend our Sunday service at 11am for an introductory sermon. A light snack will be served in between. This event is FREE and open to the public. Please bring your friends and neighbors. Contact SocialAction@uucolumbia.org for more info. Sign up to help here.


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 – will be open for the season starting on November 1 when the temperature falls to 40F or lower. The Social Action Committee is again collecting magazines and unused personal-sized toiletries for clients using the shelter, operated by Transitions staff and volunteers.  Please place your donations in the basket in the social hall. Gloves, warm hats and winter clothing will also 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.