Much of the congregation’s involvement with social concerns is realized through the Social Action Committee. The committee welcomes members and friends interested in making a difference in their community and the world. The main activities of the Social Action Committee are fundraising, education, and action for issues of social justice.
UUSMC supports the following programs:
In January 2000, we joined the national Souper Bowl fundraiser for soup kitchens and community pantries. Every year on Super Bowl Sunday, we sell bread and homemade soup to raise money for the Food Bank of Delaware.
Food Bank of Delaware
We collect non-perishable food and personal and household items year-round for donation to the Food Bank of Delaware. There is a donation receptacle in the foyer.
We sell coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate most Sundays after services. We also sponsor occasional Fair Trade holiday shopping days at the church. All of the proceeds go to farm co-ops that produce the coffee, tea, and chocolate in environmentally and socially sustainable ways.
Each December we provide the opportunity for members to honor friends or family with symbolic donations of animals or shares of animals. Heifer International then uses these donations to provide families throughout the world with food- and income-producing animals and training in their care. These “gifts” are then passed on when the animal’s offspring are given to others in need.
We sell beautiful hand-crafted house pins to benefit a YWCA program for homeless families.
Tutoring and Mentoring
We help people connect with opportunities for tutoring and mentoring in the community.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
We raise funds for the UUSC, a national group that works for empowerment and concrete improvements in the lives of women, children and indigenous peoples throughout the world. We participate in the “Guest at Your Table” fundraiser and sell holiday cards in the fall.
Social Action Sunday
We plan a Social Action Sunday service once a year that focuses on an issue of social justice. Some of our past topics are capital punishment, the environment, globalization, and Fair Trade.
Education, Awareness, and Activism
The Social Action Committee seeks to educate UUSMC members about a variety of social justice issues through bulletin board displays and a monthly column in the Grist, the UUSMC newsletter. From time to time we also write letters and circulate petitions urging business or government action on issues of urgent concern.
Share Our Plate
We coordinate the donation of half the collection plate cash each Sunday to local charities.
Share Our Warmth
In December, we collect hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, baby blankets, and the like for donation.
Share Our Bounty
In November, we collect Thanksgiving food for local charities to give to the hungry.