As a community of values, we are called to put our Unitarian Universalist faith into action to promote "justice, equity, and compassion in human relations" (in accordance with our 2nd principle). To this end, UU Wellesley offers a broad range of opportunities for congregation members and friends, individuals and families, to make a difference in the larger world. Please click HERE for information about any of the initiatives described below.
Bristol Lodge Cooking: We prepare a meal and deliver it to a Waltham Soup kitchen on the third Monday of every month. Meals are cooked in our UU Wellesley kitchen on Sundays after our Worship Service; volunteer cooks and servers of all ages are welcome! Click HERE for a list of this year's cooking dates.
Family Promise: We host homeless families for several weeks a year as part of the Family Promise Metrowest interfaith network. Click HERE for more information and to find out when our next hosting week begins.
Undecorate the Tree: We purchase and deliver holiday gifts for recipients who often do not receive any others. In December 2015 and 2016, this initiative provided an opportunity for our community to make a very real, meaningful contribution to the health and happiness of Burmese refugees now living in Lowell, MA. Click HERE to learn more about this longstanding tradition. This year we will provide gifts for domestic violence survivors enrolled in the UU Urban Ministry's Believe in Success program.
Camp Starfish: Each year, our congregation travels to a New Hampshire camp for children with special needs to engage in construction and rehab projects, large and small. Many youth stay for a Friday overnight; UU Wellesley adults and children join for a Saturday service day. In the process of making an important contribution to the beauty and utility of the camp's buildings and grounds, we forge strong bonds with each other. Visit our Starfish page to see some of the projects we have completed. We hope that you can join us at the camp for our next service trip, date TBD.
Taking a Stand for Justice
Our Social Justice Ministry Teams and Interest Groups encourage you to promote justice through witness and advocacy activities . You can learn about ways you can join forces with other UUs to actively promote our UU principles and values HERE. Click HERE to see what our new Advocacy & Witness Ministry Team is planning next.
In Collaboration with Our Partners
The UU Urban Ministry would like you to know that there are new volunteer opportunities connected with their Believe in Success program. Believe in Success is a new bi-lingual (Spanish/English) job- and educational-readiness program for low-income women/LGBTQ persons who have experienced domestic violence or other trauma. The program's mission is to provide a set of skills that enable participants to be successful in taking their next step in life, whether that's entry-level work, a skills-based training program, or two- or four-year college. Our new program not only provides key workforce-readiness preparation, it also surrounds participants with a constellation of services such as counseling, housing advocacy, accompaniment to appointments (legal, immigration, school, etc.), ESL/citizenship classes, support groups, and opportunities for social gatherings and building personal networks. In collaboration with partner agencies, we will provide program graduates with next-step placement assistance to jobs, vocational training or schools. In addition, we are developing a pipeline to jobs/internships through our vast network of connections to Boston-area Unitarian Universalist congregation members. Please contact Marvin Venay for more information about how you can get involved.