Social Action Council

SICM Summer Lunch Program

Volunteers Needed: Summer vacation is almost upon us! Every summer the Schenectady Inner City Ministries serves hot lunches on weekdays to food insecure children at sites throughout the city of Schenectady. UUSS has been assigned two separate weeks to serve lunch at Jerry Burrell Park on Hamilton Hill. We will be serving lunch the weeks of … Continued

Schenectady Home Furnishings Needs Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities for Schenectady Home Furnishings Board Members Volunteer Coordinator Grant Writers HR Experience Public Relations Experience Truck Drivers Truck Loaders Warehouse Sorting Organize and sort donated housewares for Elsie’s closet. Mondays and Tuesdays 10am-12noon. Possibly other times too. Off-Site Ware house Sales 6 weekends a year. Sale from 10am – 3pm (Sale Helpers include … Continued

Diaper Drive Returning to UUSS!

More than five million babies nationwide live in low- income families without adequate access to that most basic of infant needs — diapers. Diapers are not covered by food stamps, so families must spend considerable money for this basic necessity. The Social Action Council will be collecting donated diapers or money to purchase diapers through … Continued

The Netflix film “13th” at UUSS in the Great Hall

Sunday, November 13th, 2-4 p.m. UUSS will show the Netflix film “13th” followed by a discussion led by Jamaica Miles, of Citizen Action. “13th” is a documentary about the 13th Amendment which freed the slaves from plantations, but at the same time provided slave labor via the prison system and began the mass incarceration of … Continued

Soup Kitchen News

Welcome and thank you to nine new Soup Kitchen volunteers who signed up at our Congregational Life Fair. We are pleased to have your help!  On Monday, November 14th, volunteers served 151 meals at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen. Each meal costs our team about $1.00 to present.  We are not a budgeted group and … Continued

Social Action Sundays

Upcoming Social Action Sundays: We will be undertaking collections for the following organizations. Unless noted, please make your checks out to the organization listed. November 20 Family Promise December 18 Salvation Army Soup Kitchen  (checks to UUSS with Soup Kitchen in memo line) January 15 Jubilee USA

Ripples: Social Action – August 2016

Cycling and Social Action by John Good What does bicycling have to do with social action?  Quite a lot, as it turns out! From the perspective of fostering a more environmentally responsible attitude toward the interdependent world in which we live, bicycling of course cuts down on your carbon footprint and therefore impacts climate change.  … Continued

Ripples:  Social action Council – July 2016

Stories and Dreams of UUSS on the Bus A middle-aged man with a worried face and calloused hands sat next to me on the bus.  Seeing my book, he asked if I was a math professor.  I told him no, I was just a student, returning late in life to study a subject I’d always … Continued

Ripples – Social Action Council – June 2016

THE MOONCATCHER PROJECT I just returned from Uganda last week. I was traveling with two dear friends and working with our wonderful Ugandan friend Phoebe to bring the MoonCatcher Project to another area in Uganda. Temperatures were in the 80’s, dusty red dirt everywhere, mud huts, hard working women and plenty of smiling faces. These beautiful people have captured our hearts. We set … Continued