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Guest at Your Table Donations

Thanks to all who joined fellow Unitarian Universalists across the country in upholding human rights work around the globe through a seasonal collection for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates.

Fourteen individuals in nine households participated in UUCNC’s holiday season Guest at Your Table initiative, with seven of those gifts matched by the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY, for a total of $2,212.95! 

It’s not too late! Donate online any time through June 30, 2024, listing your congregation as the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua:

Your tax deductible donation of $40 or more earns you and your family annual UUSC membership benefits. Donations of $150 or more are eligible to be matched by the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY.

UUSC believes that the transformational solutions we need come from communities most directly impacted by injustice. More at uusc.org

Thanksgiving food drive

Thanks to all who helped provide holiday meals for our neighbors who seek help from the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry (CCRM), donating specific foods to fill Thanksgiving meal baskets.  Special thanks to Joan Houck, who coordinated this effort for UUCNC.

UUCNC’s ongoing collection of foods for the CCRM Food Pantry continues.

Postcard writing campaign

Thanks to all who wrote postcards for this year’s Center for Common Ground campaign, endorsed by UU the Vote to reach out to Black, Indigenous and People Of Color (BIPOC) in the Virginia General Election. Following the lead of the UU Fellowship of Chautauqua, which meets during the summer at Chautauqua Institution, UUCNC volunteers wrote postcards to over 475 registered Black and Hispanic voters to alert them to this crucial election. Congregants also helped pay for postage and made sure the postcards were mailed on time. All 140 seats were up for election. Virginia Democrats maintained their control of the state Senate and flipped the state House, consolidating their grip on the state legislature in what will remain divided government. Their legislative wins provide Democrats with a stronger hand pushing against the policy priorities of Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin. Special thanks to Mitch Cummings and Janey Wagner, of UUCNC’s Green Sanctuary team, for organizing this local effort.