The Social Justice Committee (SJC) works to achieve our congregation’s social justice mission by supporting members as they volunteer, educate, witness, and contribute to organizations and causes dedicated to creating a more equitable world. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Currently, FUUFHC social justice ministry is focused on addressing homelessness, hunger and food insecurity, and racial justice. FUUFHC engages in legislative activism related to areas of economic, environmental, immigration, healthcare, and marriage justice. We do this through our involvement in the following:
On Wednesdays and Fridays, about every six weeks, FUUFHC volunteers prepare, deliver and serve meals to homeless individuals and families who are sheltered in a Family Promise participant church. Email email@example.com for information.
Habitat for Humanity
For the several years, FUUFHC volunteers have raised funds for Habitat which helped build a home in Lambertville. FUUFHC volunteers have also given the assistance of labor and talent by assisting at an actual build project, as they will again when the next construction project is underway.
Through the UU Legislative Ministry of New Jersey (UULMNJ), we write letters, make public witness, distribute education materials, meet with legislators, and testify at public hearings. We have participated in campaigns to:
- Oppose fracking in the Delaware River Basin
- Increase the minimum wage in NJ and nationally
- Urge gun manufacturers to increase safety features
- Legalize marriage for all in NJ
- Reform immigration laws
- Support renewable energy legislation
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, FUUFHC participates in “A Day of Service” at the Clinton Community Center in Clinton, N.J. At this event, volunteers of all ages do family-friendly activities, such as assembling home healthcare kits or writing letters to service men and women. In advance of the Day of Service, volunteers within their individual communities and congregations take up a collection of items organizers have identified as particularly needed. For example in 2014, shoes were collected.
NORWESCAP Food Bank
FUUFHC partners with the NORWESCAP Food Bank to fight hunger in northwestern New Jersey. Here are ways you can help:
- Drop off canned goods and other nonperishable food in the bins just inside the door to Dodd Hall which is located next to the Old Stone Church. Protein foods are most needed. Donate any time; the bins are emptied regularly.
- Join other FUUFHC folks at the NORWESCAP Food Bank in Phillipsburg on the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. till noon. The Food Bank is located at 201 North Broad Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865. It’s a warehouse building with a wheelchair ramp out front; enter through the thrift shop. There is plenty of on-street parking. FUUFHC volunteers clean and sort food salvaged from stores and/or donated by individuals and organizations. The food is distributed to 120 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. All ages of volunteer are welcome. Children should be able to work for about three hours. It’s a great activity for families, teens, covenant groups or RE classes, and it is a great way for people new to FUUFHC to get to know others. Give it a try! You must RSVP to get on a crew. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when there will be room for you.
- For more information or to receive monthly reminders of the upcoming food bank dates, email email@example.com.
The Hunterdon County Interfaith Outreach Council (HIOC)
The Hunterdon County Interfaith Outreach Council (HIOC) is a non-profit organization led by volunteer clergy & faith congregations with the purpose of coordinating outreach to our communities – http://www.hioc-helps.org. Each year they accept donations to help heat homes in winter and provide security deposits for displaced persons and their families. FUUFHC will again be collecting for HIOC in December. Please place checks made out to FUUFHC with HIOC in the memo line in the donation box in the Old Stone Church or give to any member of the Social Justice Committee.