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Community Outreach

helpinghandsThe Mission of the Community Outreach Committee is to promote Unitarian Universalist values by leading the UUCOV congregation in social service outreach to the local community. We do this by:

      • Educating the congregation about social service needs in the local community,
      • Communicating social service volunteer opportunities to the congregation,
      • Coordinating congregational social service projects,
      • Working in collaboration with Interfaith Outreach, Inc., and other community organizations to serve local social service needs,
      • Raising funds for local social service needs.

Our current activities focus on improving the lives of children and adults in South Sarasota County who are homeless, hungry, or economically deprived.

Community Outreach News

New News from Family Promise

FamilyPromiseFamily Promise South Sarasota County is expanding its space by renting an office space from the strip mall next to the Day Center on Shamrock Blvd. This will house the administrative offices allowing the Day Center to be used completely for the families and the Family Service Coordinator. The Office Angels, Allisa, and the weekend employee will still be located at the Day Center.
FPSSC will now be an Access Point for Sarasota County for Coordinated Entry for Homeless Services and are adding volunteer staffing positions for that. The Family Promise Director’s office and the Access Point office will be at the new location as well as a new Administrative Assistant they are hiring.
If you know of anyone who might be interested in the Administrative Assistant position, Monday thru Friday 9-3, please contact the FP Day Center 941-497-9881. The position requires the applicant to be proficient in Microsoft Office.
Thanks to all of you who helped UUCOV, UVCC and St. Marks complete the two week hosting of Family Promise families over the Christmas and New Year holidays; we hope you enjoyed your volunteering and will be ready to join us again March 25th-April 8th!

Undie Sundays!

Undie SundayYRE 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.thanks 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 FamilyPromisecongregation 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.

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