Social Justice News

Modified on: September 26, 2019


September 24, 2019 SJ – STP, Food Barrel, T-shirts, and Pride March

Special Share the Plate

September 29 for victims of Hurricane Dorian. We’re supporting Americares. It’s emergency medical team is treating patients for non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension; skin diseases and lesions from time spent in standing water; and disaster-related wounds from debris. They also report high levels of trauma among evacuees and are providing mental health support services. Recovery is challenging, and (Sep. 23) only an estimated 30% of the population has so far been able to return to their communities in eastern areas of Grand Bahama. Americares is top-rated by Charity Navigators. For more, see https://www.americares.org/en/newsroom/news/2019/press/0904-bahamas-dorian-response/

Food Barrel:

For September and October, we’re filling the food barrel for PASOS, a school-based program in Spartanburg Co. Items most needed are

  • Canned: corn, peas, mixture of vegetables, fruit, beans, tuna, milk, and tomato sauce
  • Dry beans, rice, pasta, cereal, pancake mix, peanut butter, jelly, sugar, cooking oil, baby food
  • Diapers size 4-5 are the most demanded but any size is welcome, baby wipes
  • Toiletries, soap, shampoo, toothpaste

For more information on all that Pasos does, see www.scpasos.org/locations/spartanburg/

T-SHIRT SALES

Larger sizes have been ordered for those who signed up, and should be delivered in time for Pride Festival! We’ll distribute them after church Oct. 20 and 27th (remember to bring cash or check, $15).

Pride Festival March

Saturday, November 2. Sign up to volunteer with Stacey Jackson and Mary Underwood at pride@uucs.org Plan to wear your UUCS Tshirts!!!

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Update, September 12, 2019 – Share the Plate, Food Barrel, T-shirt info and more:

SHARE THE PLATE: For August, we donated $590 to Rainforest Trust, chosen by our youth campers. For the first two Sundays in Sep., we donated to support our participation in Upstate Pride Week. For the last two Sundays in Sept., we’re holding a special collection for victims of Hurricane Dorian.

This Saturday, the 14th, we’re hosting the Pride Link Mobile Community Center again. We need one more volunteer from 12-2 or 2-4 to be available to show off our sanctuary and chat with folks about our church. If you can help, email socialjustice@uucs.org (this is fun).

Food Barrel for Pasos: For September and October, we’re helping “PASOs” (“steps”) help their neediest families with our food barrel. Pasos, founded in Columbia, expanded into Spartanburg two years ago, and works in the Latino community, providing education, advocacy, and leadership development. Their community health workers help families connect to agencies and services, including parenting and health classes, and jobs. They help families who need immediate food and supplies, and this is where we come in. If you can contribute to the food barrel, their “most needed” items are:
Canned: corn, peas, mixture of vegetables, fruit, beans, tuna, milk, and tomato sauce
Dry beans, rice, pasta, cereal, pancake mix, peanut butter, jelly, sugar, cooking oil, baby food
Diapers size 4-5 are the most demanded but any size is welcome, baby wipes
Toiletries, soap, shampoo, toothpaste
Would you like more information on all that Pasos does? See www.scpasos.org/locations/spartanburg/.

T-SHIRT SALES: You can still order our beautiful UUCS shirts in Xl and larger sizes at the Social Justice table at the volunteer fair this Sunday and (last chance) at our table on Sept. 22 or by email to socialjustice@uucs.org (shirts are all cotton and run a little small, so we suggest you order one size larger than usual). We will sell all sizes again when new orders arrive.


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