Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey
Supplies for Moms & Babies
posted: April 8, 2017

From the Racial Justice task group:

Jericho Road Community Health Center in Buffalo welcomes our help providing NEW items for upcoming Mother’s Day “community baby showers” and distribution of mom/diaper bags. Please donate any of the items listed below on Sunday mornings through May 7, or team up with a friend or group of friends to fill a purse or diaper bag with the following:

  • Chapstick
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Chapstick/lip balm
  • Water bottle
  • Hand lotion
  • Breast shields
  • Small tissue packs
  • Something to read
  • Gum/mints/small candy
  • Pens
  • Little books and things to keep older siblings busy (toddler age)
  • ail clippers/nail file
  • Band-aids
  • Hair ties/accessories
  • First aid stuff
  • Phone charger
  • Wet ones
  • Hand sanitizer

Jericho Road also partners with United Way for “community baby showers.” Critical items include:

  • Diapers, especially medium and larger sizes
  • Wipes
  • Sleepsacks
  • Baby board books
  • Digital thermometers

All items must be new.

The idea is to make these moms feel special and feted for a day, while at the same time relieving some of the stress of providing for their infants.

Questions? Check with Jessica Lustig or any member of the Racial Justice task group (scroll down for details).

School Supplies for Refugees in WNY
posted: February 21, 2017

The Racial Justice Task Group of the Social Action Committee thanks all who donated 3 cartons of school supplies, plus one carton of backpacks for refugee families in Western New York.

Thanks to Jessica Lustig for doing the research and making this easy for us!

Ongoing Food Drive
posted: February 19, 2017

Look for a large box in the back of the sanctuary to receive food donations and personal hygiene items. Each month donations will be delivered to one of the local organizations that feeds those in need.

- Social Action Committee

Supporting UU Service Committee
posted: November 30, 2016

Guest At Your Table (GAYT) contributions were collected at the January 8 & 15 worship services to support the work of the UU Service Committee (UUSC) in their ongoing commitment to stand with vulnerable and displaced peoples in today’s world.

Donations from 13 UUCNC households netted $935 for UUSC, earning recognition as a Creating Justice Banner Society, with over 25% of members contributing. In addition, the January 8 Share the Plate offering brought in an additional $189, and as always our congregation donated $1 per member to UUSC from our operating budget ($38 total), earning a James Luther Adams Award in recognition.

More information is at www.uusc.org

Winter Coats & Boots for Refugees in WNY
posted: September 16, 2016

Thanks to all who donated winter coats and boots for refugees at Sunday services in November, and thanks to Jess Lustig who delivered the items to Catholic Charities in Buffalo, which has distributed them to refugees residing in Western New York.

Scroll down for details on the two Social Action efforts endorsed by our congregation in 2016-17.

Social Action Efforts 2016-17
posted: September 15, 2016

The congregation has endorsed these two congregation-wide social action projects for 2016-17.

The projects will be monitored by the Social Action Committee (SAC), given logistical support, provided funding from the SAC budget, given access to the newsletter, website, Sunday service, and other communication platforms, and become ministerial priorities. The task groups for selected projects will report regularly to the Board and congregation, and can ask for additional support.

Fragile Earth Film Series at Jamestown Community College

  • Description: Show meaningful, provocative, educational films focused on themes of ethical eating, peace, water, and climate change.
  • Goals: Increased awareness, advocacy, and social justice
  • How this reflects UU principles: Interconnected web of life
  • Task Group: Skeeter Tower, Nancy Mayer, Jeff Barr, Judy Singer, Diane Clark

Racial Justice in our Community

  • Description: Phase I: Hold an event (possibly in January) for our congregation to listen to leaders of churches and organizations that serve non-white populations and hear what they would most like from us in terms of support.
  • Phase II: Provide support as requested, with the goal of being seen as allies rather than white rescuers. Ongoing support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Possibly use resources from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
  • Phase III: “Adopt” a refugee family, possibly in the spring, as they assimilate into American culture. Provide assistance with language, immigration issues, work, housing, education, clothing, etc.
    Goals: Increased awareness, advocacy, and social justice
  • How this reflects UU principles: Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations
  • Task Group: Alex Holbrook, Jessica Lustig, Janey Wagner, Susan Besemer

Recycling Ink Cartridges
posted: September 15, 2011

Ink cartridges are collected and recycled by the Social Action Committee to benefit the Westfield Stray Cat Rescue (59 E Main St, Westfield NY).

Deliver spent ink cartridges at worship services on Sunday mornings, September through June.

Please donate your deposit cans and bottles!
posted: September 2, 2011

The Youth Group reminds the congregation that the donation of your deposit cans and bottles is greatly appreciated! Colleen, the owner of Cash for Cans (on Route 60 in just north of Route 83; driving from Rte. 20 it is housed in a large garage with a bright green roof on the left) has generously offered to continue keeping a tab for us for this ongoing fundraiser. Call ahead to check when they’ll be open: 716 672-2274.

All you need to do is drop off your deposit cans and bottles when you are out running errands. If you ever have trouble getting there or need help with a large accumulation, members of the Youth Group will pick up your contribution.

Every little bit helps! In 2011 we raised just over $150 in four months for our trip to Boston, and each year since we have raised a similar amount. Thank you for your support!