YRE joined by UUCOV Community Outreach, and in partnership with Emmanuel Lutheran Church, is collecting new underwear, socks, and tee shirts for immigrant children age 4-16. These items will be donated to Farm Workers Self-Help, Inc. serving migrant workers in Dade City.
Look for the collection box on the lanai and bring in your donations on either Sunday Feb. 11 or Sunday Feb. 18. Colors and prints are permitted. Let's see a tidal wave of tighty-whities!
For Service Above and Beyond
The Community Outreach committee would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to two of its veteran members, Steve Batchelor and Phil Veach. These gentlemen have worked tirelessly for many years on behalf of the neediest individuals in our community. During the frigid nights we have had in the recent weeks, they spent hours calling volunteers, cooking meals, and doing whatever else was needed for the Cold Weather Shelter at Grace United Methodist Church. Their work for the Backpack Kids and sandwich-making programs is invaluable. Their energy seems limitless, and their service to our neighbors in need is awe inspiring.
Steve and Phil's efforts have inspired several UUCOV members to sign up for the Cold Weather Shelter. If you would like to participate in this or any program of the Community Outreach committee, call Eileen Leapley 941-525-4328.
Family Promise: Thank You’s All Around
This year’s first hosting (December 24, 2017 – January 7, 2018) presented an opportunity for UUCOV to show our flexibility and what a caring congregation we are. Because of the holidays, we added 8 more shifts and additional van drivers to ensure our families had access to the Family Promise South Sarasota County Day Center when it was open. The Center, the primary place where these families’ lives are focused (there they have access to computers, play grounds, washing machines, showers etc) will be closed for three days in a row so the employees can have the holidays off.
-Thank you to all the volunteers from our co-hosts Venice United Church of Christ and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and to the ‘free agents’ (not affiliated with a church) who help us host.
-YRE has plans to welcome the hosted families and their children to UUCOV’s home - joy, sharing, taking time to say hi! Thank you, YRE.
-Jim Beckstrom has been working to bring us into the 21st century with a computer program that will seriously reduce the number of times people touch the same document to accomplish 1 task. Thank you, Jim.
-Thank you to the Social Activities Team for inviting our Families to the UUCOV holiday party on Xmas Day. Whether they attended or not, they knew they were welcome.
- Physical Plant team continues to amaze with their work. Thank you for all your help with Asta Linder House.
-And to all the volunteers who are giving food and shelter and a shoulder to lean on to the 2 families in the current program (a single mother with 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl, aged 8years to 6 months and another single mother with a 3 year old), it is an honor and a privilege to work with you and for you. You make a difference!!
And Family Promise Starts the Year with a Request
Family Promise needs at least one more member on the steering committee, an adminstrative position not requiring directly working with the families. The ideal member has not only respect and love for the program, but organizational skill as well, and is open to sharing responsibility. Our goal for the administration of Family Promise at UUCOV is to have several coordinators who can transfer responsibility from one to another. The computer program Jim Beckstrom is developing makes this possible and easy. We are very flexible and accommodating! If you’re interested or just want to check it out, contact Cindy O’Dell 317-370-6705.