Social Action Opportunities
Bedford Community Table
Help with a great tradition of outreach to the community. A couple of times per year, First Parish prepares and serves over 100 dinners for the Bedford Community Table. at Town Center. A hearty crew helps cook and serve. We can use shoppers, prep cooks, servers and clean-up crew. Upcoming dates for First Parish to serve are November 16, 2017 and March 8, 2018.
Contact: Paul Bradford (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can help.
Lowell Transitional Living Center Program
Opportunity to serve meals to LTLC clients once monthly (on the 2nd Friday from 5:30-6:45pm); to provide tutoring and participate in fund-raising and awareness events. Another way to help is by participating in the Wish-List Tree project during the Christmas season. New ideas for projects are greatly appreciated.
Contact Sandy Ferreira (email@example.com); (978) 453-0049
Bedford Council on Aging (C.O.A.)
Opportunities to shop for house bound elders, visit elders in their homes, deliver lunches, drive elders to medical appointments, tutor computer skills, help with insurance concerns, and more.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI of Central Massachusetts)
NAMI is a nonprofit, self-help, support and advocacy organization for consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses and persistent mental illnesses. Volunteers provide education and support, combat stigma, support increased funding for research, and advocate for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation , and jobs for peoples with mental illnesses and their families. Contact: Nancy Willett (781-275-5133)
Peace and Justice Action Group
This group has identified four issues of common concern:
- The Iraq War and peacekeeping,
- Stopping torture,
- Living Wage issues and
- Clean elections
The group addresses these issues by conducting letter writing campaigns, linking with area social justice groups and hosting a monthly film series. The group also continues to promote fair trade by selling Equal Exchange products during coffee hour.Contact Dave Packer (PackerDW@aol.com)
Green Sanctuary Committee
This group is focusing attention on projects related to environmental and climate change issues and encourages volunteer participation. https://www.uubedford.org/social-action/green-sanctuary/
- Sponsoring long term efforts to limit the use of cars;
- Developing religious education activities for youth and adults
- Developing resources to support change
- Creating worship opportunities and fostering spiritual connection to the Earth and
- Supporting efforts to live sustainably.
Contact: Janet Powers
UU Mass Action Network
The vision is “to connect social actions among congregations and create an influential moral voice in Massachusetts”. Their website, http://www.uumassaction.org lists many opportunities for and gives a way to connect with the social actions of other UU congregations. Nancy Banks is the executive director.
Contact: Diana Finer (781-275-7927)
UU Partner Church Program
The purpose of the Partner Church Committee is to support the relationship between First Parish in Bedford and our partner church in Abasfalva, Transylvania in whatever way best meets the needs of the villagers.
Contact: Ron Cordes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
UUSC is a cutting-edge human rights organization with four program priorities:
- economic justice, including issues of globalization and living wages;
- civil liberties;
- environmental justice, especially the right to water; and the
- human rights consequences of natural and man-made disasters, such as the Asian tsunami, the Gulf Coast hurricanes and wars, such as that in Darfur.
UUSC offers opportunities for personal engagement in all these issues, as well as work camps that give first-hand experiences in the US and world-wide. First Parishioners of all ages have participated in UUSC initiatives in fair-trade coffee and chocolate, as well as the rebuilding of New Orleans. Because UUSC’s headquarters are in Central Square, Cambridge, we have unique access.
Contact: John Gibbons (email@example.com)
UU Urban Ministry
This group fosters an ongoing relationship between First Parish and the UU Urban Ministry in Roxbury, which provides education, service, and advocacy for underprivileged populations in Boston. The team encourages active participation by parishioners in a variety of UUUM programs. Volunteer opportunities are available in both ongoing programs and one time events, including
- Rice Sticks and Tea (a culturally sensitive food pantry for immigrant and refugee Asian families);
- Renewal House (a shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence);
- Roxbury Youth Programs (tutoring, leadership, and recreational activities for youth from elementary school through high school);
- Stand High Stand United (a weekend enrichment program for youth ages 7-15); and
- United Souls (a support group for men facing incarceration, currently incarcerated, or recently released.)
Contact: Bob Schmalz
To update or add your name and organization, please leave a note in the
Social Responsibility Council mailbox or email us at : SRC@uubedford.org