UU's have a long history of taking direct action to serve our communities, our nation and the world. One Sunday every month members of our congregation make bag lunches for a Baltimore City homeless shelter. Many members of our congregation are also members of the UU Service Committee that organizes relief efforts when natural disasters strike, and seeks to protect human rights around the world in places like Darfur. Through our participation with the UU Ministry for Earth, our congregation acts locally to reduce our carbon footprint.
Many of our members volunteer their time and talents at the Route 1 Day Resource Center. Our award-winning Young Religious UU's (YRUU) program offers social service activities for our youth such as home restoration in post-Katrina New Orleans and in West Virginia. Our congregation is on a Journey Toward Wholeness, exploring race and ethnicity and taking action to become a multicultural and diverse religious organization.
To participate in these or other social action activities, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
UUCC Social Action partner organizations:
Resources for those seeking assistance with rent payments, utility bills, food, medical needs, etc.
Christian Women's Thrift Shop (a.k.a. Christian Services of Howard County, Inc.) – assist low income persons/families with loans or grants
3267 Pine Orchard Lane (off Rt. 40 West)
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Grassroots Crisis Intervention – a multi-service crisis intervention center providing crisis intervention services, shelter, transitional housing, and community education.
Harriet Tubman Center
6700 Freetown Road
Columbia, MD 2l044
Community Action Council / Howard County Food Bank – Provides services for limited income families and individuals. Programs include: Head Start, Homeless Care Services (Eviction Prevention and 1st Month's Rent), Fuel Fund, the Maryland Energy Assistance program (MEAP), the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), the Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP), Food Bank and Community Outreach/Crisis Intervention.
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 2l046
Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CAC is closed for clients on Wednesdays.)
Interfaith Coalition for Compassion – helps with small donations to try to avoid evictions and utility shut-offs and provides emergency food and medicines.
Resources for Maryland Families: www.problemsolver.maryland.gov
This web site provides a wealth of information on a range of services, from heating and energy assistance, to employment assistance, including job training and unemployment services. Seniors can also access services, as well as help for those living with disabilities. It provides a link to an assistance eligibility calculator, which helps Marylanders determine what services they may qualify for, such as food stamps, the Temporary Cash Assistance program, Medical Assistance, the Maryland Energy Assistance Program, and the Electric Universal Service Program, among others.
Maryland Food Bank: http://www.mdfoodbank.org/