There is much we can do to help one another and our neighbors through the pandemic.
We Care for our community.
Our Social Justice team has reached out to our community partners, especially groups like TOTAL Ministries and PASOs, to ask what support would be most helpful at this time and going forward. We have also communicated with our City Manager and District Councilwoman to offer our help at any time. There will be many ways that we can help.
Please hold in mind and heart those who serve at the forefront of the pandemic–our medical and social workers, our sanitation and food distribution workers, civic leaders, and each person answering the call to serve.
Share Your Actions
Let us know what you are doing to help—making masks, donating supplies, helping neighbors, supporting organizations. We want to create a list of what our congregants are doing to help, as a way to share ideas with one another, to empower each other to act, and to create a narrative of all the ways we are lending a hand individually and as a congregation. Even the smallest acts can have a large impact. Send notes of your actions to Social Justice Chair Alice Sutton at email@example.com. We will share these on our website to encourage and motivate one another. Mask Maker Update: https://uucs.org/mask-maker-mask-maker/
We’re distributing masks to voters in Spartanburg and Greenville counties, and particularly to the volunteer church bus drivers who are transporting people to the polls, as well as for anyone who boards a bus without a mask. Last week, we gave Ubuntu Institute of Spartanburg 100 masks for their community work, and another 50 to the Mexican store in northern Spartanburg County. We’ll have over 150 masks to give out on election day. After the election, Upstate Food Not Bombs has asked us to help their clients with masks. As we know, covid infections are increasing everywhere that people are not wearing masks. And that includes SC. The latest study supports the hypothesis that covid 19 immunity will last 3-9 months, similar to other coronaviruses.
Although “more research is needed,” we can expect that an effective vaccine for this coronavirus won’t be available to most people until spring or later, and won’t last longer than a year. We plan to keep making masks.
We are in a time of financial uncertainty and strain. We share our gifts to benefit one another and our world, not to put anyone of us at risk. Please give when and how you can, and never when you should not. All of our gifts–gifts of care, of time, of skill, of resources–have a vital purpose.
- Time: As many of you have already done, if you have a gift you feel would be of benefit that you would like to share – skill with technology, transportation, food, and much more–please reach out to our minister, Scott Neely (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any of our church leaders. This has already been very helpful.
- Treasure: Many of you have asked how to give financially to the church during this time:
- You may give to the church online here: https://uucs.org/contribution/
- You may also mail checks (to UUCS, P.O. Box 1942, Spartanburg, SC 29304) or bring monetary gifts to the church office (contact Office Administrator Pat Landry at email@example.com / 864-585-9230; Pat’s usual office hours are now M-F, 10 am-noon). All the ways to donate to UUCS, including by text, can be found here: https://uucs.org/donate/.
- Share the Plate: Contributions may be made here: https://uucs.org/share-the-plate-contribution/
- Fund to Support Immigrants. In partnership with PASOs and a coalition of immigration advocacy groups statewide, UUCS has established a fund to provide direct assistance during the pandemic to individuals and families who are Latinx immigrants in South Carolina. Many are essential workers on whom our economy and community life depend, but who have been marginalized. Providing direct support and solidarity for these immigrants has grown from our local community to a statewide effort. To date, we have served more than 1,295 individuals in more than 30 of 46 counties statewide. Please join us in offering vital support to people on whom we all depend, and who are members of our communities. You may learn more about the project and give to this fund here: https://uucs.org/support-our-immigrants/.