The Social Action Committee supports Solar Chautauqua, a county-wide initiative.
Solar Chautauqua is a coalition to solarize Chautauqua County that facilitates opportunities for residents, farms, and small businesses of Chautauqua County to install solar power. Its goal is to jumpstart residential solar installations in our region by lowering the barriers to going solar. This includes negotiating with vendors for discounted rates, exploring shared solar, clarifying local permitting requirements, facilitating financing, and educating the public on the costs, benefits, and parameters of solar installations.
Time is running out! The Solar Chautauqua campaign ends on August 15. In order to get in on our negotiated discounts, you need to enroll by the end of that day.
See the Solar Chautauqua website linked on the heading above, or visit www.facebook.com/solarchautauqua
The Greystone Nature Preserve, one of our non-profit Share-The-Plate recipients, and operated by UUCNC members Diane Clark and Bill Moran, will host a nature festival on Saturday, August 27, from 12 noon until 12 midnight. Details are linked on the heading above.
The festival is meant to connect children and adults with nature. There will be children’s activities, demonstrations, food, and nature walks, centered around bats, birds, butterflies and bees. The keynote speaker for the event will be bat expert Merlin Tuttle, who founded Bat Conservation International and has been featured in National Geographic.
The evening will culminate in an acoustic bat walk, where participants will get an opportunity to listen in on the hidden world of foraging bats through use of an ultrasonic microphone.
VOLUNTEERS are needed. Assisting with this event could be a wonderful way to provide positive community outreach and honor our call to social action. If you can help at any time during the festival, please contact Social Action Committee chair Janey Wagner, using the information at the Contact Us tab above, and your message will be relayed at least each Wednesday evening.
Members and friends donated over $1,000 to the UU Service Committee’s Guest At Your Table program, and the Coming of Age group’s Bean Soup fundraiser netted an additional $175!
In November and December, the Social Action Committee challenged congregants to support the human rights work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) through the Guest at Your Table program.
For over 40 years, Guest at Your Table has raised millions of dollars for human rights projects that have made a real difference in people’s lives.
Donations supported UUSC’s global partnership of dedicated people who work, learn and grow together — a community of inspired and passionate human rights activists. Gifts of $125 or more are eligible to be matched dollar for dollar by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, N.Y.
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.
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!
The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation has a BIG GREEN BOX for battery recycling.
Drop off your rechargeable and non-rechargeable Alkaline – NiCd – NiMh – Lead – Silver – Mercury and – Lithium batteries for recycling.
Batteries can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM at 212 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk, NY.
For more about BIG GREEN BOX, click the title above.