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The Social Action Committee coordinates community outreach and social justice projects for Community UU Church. To sign up for an event, e-mail the committee at UUsInAction.

Looking for an opportunity? Consult our Social Action Calendar.

Community Outreach

Community Harvest

Our community garden project.
Coordinator:  Deb Bliss

New Orleans Rebirth Volunteer Program

In August, 2010, a small group from Community UU Church traveled to New Orleans to spend a week participating in the New Orleans Rebirth Volunteer Program, a program of the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR), housed at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans (FUUNO). We plan to return annually to New Orleans. For information on the 2011 trip, see the New Orleans Rebirth Volunteer Program page.

Coordinator:  Dick Hildenbrand

  

The Samaritan Inn

We provide dinner once per month for residents of the Samaritan Inn.
Coordinators:  Nelah McComsey

CITYHouse/My Friend's House

We are providing clothing, food donations, and volunteers for My Friend's House, the Plano children's shelter.
Coordinator:   Nelah McComsey

The Plano Food Pantries

We are providing regular donations of baby food and infant formula to the Food Pantry, and canned vegetables, fresh vegetables from our garden, and other assistance to God's Pantry. Please bring your food donations and place in the cart next to the front door.
Coordinator:   Linda Frank

Plano Community Homes

Plano Community Homes provide affordable housing for low-income older adults and persons with limited mobility. Community UU is providing an annual music program for residents of PCH. For more information, see their web site
Coordinators:  Nelah McComsey, Bill Daffinee

27th Annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade And Festival – Sunday, Sept 19, 2 p.m.

A Celebration of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Pride. The NTAUUS churches participating in the 2010 parade were presented with a trophy for the "best social commentary".
Coordinator:   Shirley Houston

Plano Make a Difference Day – Saturday, April 23, 2011

Plano's city-wide cleanup. 
Coordinator:   Nelah McComsey

   

Children's Medical Center Toy Drive

In December, we collect stuffed animals for patients at Legacy Children's Medical Center. Thanks to your generosity, in December, 2009, we donated over 80 toys to Children's.

  

Martin Luther King Celebration - January 15 - 17, 2011

A City of Plano celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King.

CROP Walk - Sunday, April, 2011

Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty - The Crop Hunger Walk raises funds for  food, clean water, and basic needs for local food pantries and for families around the world.
Coordinators: Gary and Vicki Sharpsteen

Social Justice

Standing on the Side of Love

In March, 2010, our congregation joined with the UUA in supporting compassionate immigration reform. See http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org/

National Religious Campaign Against Torture

In August, 2010, we hosted a screening of the film Ending U.S. Sponsored Torture Forever. For more information, go to their web site.

Ethical Eating

We are joining with the UUA in a study of issues of food production and distribution, hunger, and the effect of our food choices on the environment. As part of this series, we presented the film Fresh in July,  2010. In the coming months, we will host several Adult Education classes as part of this series.

Dallas Area Interfaith/Collin County Interfaith

We support Dallas Area Interfaith, a vehicle through which member congregations act in the interest of families and local communities, helping these congregations become an effective force for promoting faith values and democratic traditions.

Common Read

During the months of February and March 2011, we are reading The Death of Josseline: Immigrant Stories from the Arizona Borderlands. There will be a book review and discussion on Sunday, March 27, following the morning service. For more information, contact Nelah McComsey.


Religious Education Activities

      Heifer International

During the month of December, we created a "Giving Tree" in Founders Hall and our 4th-5th graders created animal ornaments to be exchanged for donations to Heifer International. Heifer International provides gifts of livestock and training to help families throughout the world improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. They refer to the animals as "living loans" because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of their animal's offspring to another family in need. A gift to Heifer International is a gift that keeps on giving!

      Guest at Your Table

For more than thirty years, the Guest at Your Table tradition has helped UUs build lasting connections to UU principles and support the movement for universal human rights.

For four to six weeks, participants keep a colorful Guest at Your Table box — with photographs of special guests from around the world — in a prominent place in their home, like the dining room table. Families make daily contributions to a Guest at Your Table box, as if sharing with your special guests. This program ensures that UUSC's vital work to advance social justice continues, year after year.



Other activities

We also put our social justice beliefs into action by serving fair trade coffee and tea at our Sunday coffee hour and by recycling the paper, cans, and bottles used by the church.

For more information, contact UUsInAction.

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