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

Guest at Your Table November 2021

It is once again time for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) annual celebration of giving to Guest at Your Table. Be watching for special speakers and opportunities for giving at our November services as we learn of the projects that UUSC is promoting this year.

Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is UUSC’s annual intergenerational program to raise
support for and awareness about key human rights issues. Since UUSC works in more than 20 countries, with over 50 grassroots partners, there are thousands of individuals involved in and who benefit from the work that our members make possible. The program is an opportunity to celebrate grassroots partnership, support human rights, and learn about just four of these individuals – the “guests” in Guest at Your Table. Find out more about UUSC and GAYT here:  https://www.uusc.org/

Your UUSC “Guest at your Table” offerings can be made during the service at offering time, by clicking here and using the dropdown to select UUSC- GAYT, or by sending a check to the church office at 2701 Heyward Street. Please indicate UUSC-GAYT on the memo line.

Families Helping Families is Back This Year!

These gifts sponsor two 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. Find out more at FHFMidlands.org.  People are encouraged to team up to cover the costs of the larger requests.

  1. Select tag and fill out your contact info on corresponding colored sheet
  2. Buy gift (with gift receipt) and wrap it.  
  3. Attach tag to gift
  4. Return the wrapped gift with a gift receipt and the tag attached by Noon on Sun, Dec 5th

If you'd rather donate to this program, you can click here and choose Families Helping Families in the drop down. If you donate online, please do it by Sunday, Nov 28th. Questions?  Contact socialaction@uucolumbia.org.

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Sunday, November 28, 2021 Following the Service (approx 12:15pm)

The Social Action Committee will meet in person 15 minutes after the end of the UUCC service in the Sanctuary observing indoor Covid protocols.  We will stream the event as well.   Meeting details should be on the Meeting Info page under News in the dropdown.  Questions?  Contact Kevin McKinney or Connie Quirk at socialaction@uucolumbia.org for more info.

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.

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!

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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.