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

Social Action Committee Meeting: Sun, March 24

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

Sanctuary Movement: Wed, April 10

The urgent ask from Al Otro Lado: Do you have people in your network who can help companion children who were separated at the border to be reunited? Read more here and fill out this form to express interest in volunteering as a companion.

The info session: Join us on Wed. April 10th at 8pm EST for an info session on expanding sanctuary through sponsorship and accompaniment. Register here.

The request: Love Resists is working with partners around the country to create a directory of accompaniment networks that support arriving asylum-seekers and community members facing deportation. If you are already involved in a local accompaniment network please either fill out the google form to join the directory or send to a lead point of contact in your network asking them to fill it out.


Walk A Mile In Their Shoes: April 11, 2019

Walk A Mile In Their Shoes is an evening of our community coming together to support Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands.  Walkers are encouraged to wear the opposite gender's shoes, but of course not required. Find out more about shoes here.  Walk A Mile begins at the South Carolina State House Grounds, on the main lawn facing Gervais Street and Main Street. When you arrive at the State House, you will see the registration table. If you did not collect your t-shirt at the t-shirt pick up dates, you can pick it up there. ​Our UUCC group will meet near the registration table.  Please wear your yellow UU t-shirts. Registration is $15.  Please note that you need to register for the walk BEFORE you join our team.

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Day of Walk A Mile Timeline
5:00 p.m. - Pre-walk activities, registration, and t-shirt pick up
6:15 p.m. - Opening ceremonies
6:30 p.m. - Walk starts with Grand Marshals leading
6:50 p.m. - Closing ceremonies with announcements of Walk A Mile award winners

This is a family-friendly event, and it will take place rain or shine. Our goal is to have outpouring of community support to bring awareness to sexual assault and end sexual violence in our community. Men, women, children, and leashed four-legged friends of all ages are invited to participate.

 


NAMI Walks: Sat, May 4, 2019

9am Registration. 10am Walk.  Finlay Park. NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans impacted by mental illness. NAMI provides support, education, and advocacy to hundreds of thousands of families, individuals, educators, mental health service providers, and law enforcement professionals each year. NAMIWalks helps us continue to provide these programs at no cost to the community.  Join or support our team here: http://bit.ly/UUCC-NAMI

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Feeding the Hungry at Transitions: Sat, April 13th

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.

Fair Maps: Sun, May 5 12:30-1:30pm

The problem: Gerrymandered Maps  SC Fair Maps is a bipartisan coalition of individual advocates and organizations working to empower voters in the Palmetto State by passing legislation to create a citizens’ commission that would draw district lines. That power now rests with lawmakers, who draw “safe” districts to benefit themselves and their parties rather than the people they were entrusted to serve.  We plan to help them by circulating a petition in March.  Be on the lookout for more info.  Get more info on their website: .fairmapssc.com/ Join their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/631723933934921/

Seeds Of Hope Farmers Market: Mid-June thru Mid-August

 

10:30am-12:30pm.  The Seeds of Hope project is an annual project in which UUCC sponsors a fresh market stand in front of the church Farmer's Market Bannerbeginning each Sunday from mid-June through mid-August. Last summer we sold over $550 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.

 

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 - is open from November thru March when the temperature falls to 40F or lower. The Social Action Committee collects magazines and unused personal-sized toiletries for clients using the shelter, operated by Transitions staff and volunteers during those months.  Please hold your donations until November when we will be collecting again. Gloves, warm hats and winter clothing will then 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.

Newberry UU Announces Sanctuary Status

Clayton Memorial UU Church has announced their intention to be a sanctuary church. The address is 334 Clayton Memorial Church Rd, Newberry, SC 29108.  We plan to support them when they lets us know what their needs are. In the meantime, please post supportive messages to their website and facebook pages to offset the negative messages they are receiving. Also, be sure to show your support by signing here: http://bit.ly/support-CMUU.  The form indicates an organization, but specifically states that signing shows YOUR support, not that of the organization.