Social Action at TUUC
I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
__Edward Everett Hale
What Moves You?
Feeding the Hungry
-- Bring in canned and packaged food and personal care items for the Assistance Center of Towson Churches (ACTC). Collection buckets are in the TUUC lobby.
-- Volunteer at ACTC to help people in need or sort food/stock the shelves.
-- Make/donate casserole(s) for Our Daily Bread (ODB) each month in which there is a 5th Saturday. Our easy recipes are fun to cook with your kids!
-- Families: take home pans of lasagna to be baked when YRE classes make meals for Our Daily Bread.
Helping the Homeless
-- Share your time and talents with residents of Earl’s Place by teaching at informal workshops or by mentoring men trying to succeed in career or educational settings.
-- Remember Earl’s Place when you shop; pick up extra men’s toiletry items, cleaning supplies, or paper products and put them in the blue bucket in the TUUC lobby.
-- Volunteer with My Sister’s Circle to mentor a disadvantaged girl during her challenging transition from middle school and through her preparation for college.
-- Inspire a love of books and reading in children and their parents by volunteering with Reach Out and Read, which “prescribes” books through pediatric care providers.
-- Encourage boys and young men in the inner city to succeed in school and set an example of positive behavior in their community by tutoring with Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood.
TUUC members and friends have an opportunity to convey their UU values beyond our congregation and our Greater Baltimore neighborhood through participation in UU advocacy organizations.
From lobbying for values-based legislation in Maryland through advocating for human rights and dignity at the national and international level, our UU partners bring our seven principles to bear on urgent problems that confront our nation and our planet.
You can participate in this work as a member or supporter. Each of our UU partner organizations (listed at right) welcomes the opportunity to explain its mission and help you find a way to contribute to its success
Weekly Opportunities for Social Action in our Community
Assistance Center of Towson Churches (ACTC)
-- Bring in donations of canned or packaged food and personal care items for the homeless. Suggested food donations include:
Cereal Canned fruit Tuna Boxed potatoes Pork & beans Soup Canned veggies Canned tomatoes Rice Saltines (boxed) Peanut butter & jelly Spaghetti sauce Dried spaghetti & macaroni Mac & cheese Canned meat (Spam, chili) Canned pasta meals (spaghetti, ravioli) Pop-top canned goods for Care Bags for homeless
-- Suggested personal care donations include:
Deodorant Razors Lotion Toiletries Socks Sanitary products Adult-sized jackets
-- Sign up to help serve dinner on Wednesday nights at Harvest for the Hungry, Mt. Calvary AME Church in East Towson.
-- Bring in donations of toiletries, cleaning products, and household items.
-- Volunteer for group visits and individual mentoring opportunities at Earl’s Place and Prospect Place.
Our Community Partners
Assistance Center of Towson Churches (ACTC) is a food pantry for low-income families in Baltimore County. Website: www.actconline.info
Our Daily Bread (ODB) serves hot meals to the needy in Baltimore City.
Earl’s Place, a project of United Ministries, provides up to two years of transitional housing for 17 homeless men committed to changing their lives. Website: www.earlsplace.org
Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood (MMT), founded at the New Shiloh Baptist Church, encourages young men in the inner city (ages 8 to 18) to stay in school, take pride in themselves, and set an example of positive behavior for others. In addition to financial contributions which are used for field trips and books, the program needs volunteers willing to commit to monthly tutoring sessions where the boys get help with homework assignments from school. Website: www.mentoringmaleteens.org
My Sister’s Circleis a comprehensive, relationship-based program designed to mentor girls from disadvantaged Baltimore neighborhoods. Website: www.mysisterscircle.org
ARAMINTA FREEDOM INITIATIVE (a nonprofit member of Maryland’s Human Trafficking Task Force) Human Trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world. Up to 300,000 children (under 18 years) are human trafficking victims every year in the U.S., with the average age of entry into “prostitution” being 13 years of age. Araminta’s mission is: 1. To awaken, equip, and mobilize the community to dismantle child sex trafficking in Maryland. 2. To engage in prevention.
Our UU Partners
ADORE and racial justice programs are available to TUUC as we follow the Unitarian Universalist Association’s “Reaffirmation of Commitment to Racial Justice.” Monthly ADORE (A Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity) programs are held in an alliance with First Unitarian Baltimore and UUA consultant Paul Cole Jones. ADORE programs range from viewing and discussing documentaries, special guest speakers, and book discussions. UUA also offers Jubilee, an intensive weekend workshop with deep exploration of race and racism. TUUC continues monthly meetings of a Racial Justice Action group, a more informal discussion group looking at ways to achieve racial justice.
Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland (UULM-MD) mobilizes UU’s to advocate on priority issues before the MD General Assembly. Website: www.uulmmd.org
UU’s for Social Justice (UUSJ) rallies and amplifies the voice of Unitarian Universalists in the National Capital Region (NCR) as we seek to change the world through acts of love and justice. Website: www.uusj.net
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonsectarian organization that advances human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world. Our mission and vision are guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the seven Unitarian Universalist principles that affirm the worth, dignity, and human rights of every person.
Standing on the Side of Love (SSL) is an interfaith public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association; all are welcome to join. The Standing on the Side of Love campaign elevates compassionate religious voices to influence public attitudes and public policy through community activism, social networking, and media outreach. Website: http://standingonthesideoflove.org
Live Your Values!
Check out the Social Action Committee’s bulletin board in the church lobby.
Financial contributions to further our work are greatly appreciated.