Social Justice Committee (SJC)
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 email@example.com for information.
Currently, our social justice ministry is focused on addressing homelessness, hunger and food insecurity, and racial justice. We engage 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, volunteers prepare, deliver and serve meals to homeless individuals and families who are sheltered in a Family Promise participant church. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Fisherman’s Mark has been a part of the community for over 36 years, providing not only services that meet basic needs, such as food and affordable childcare, but going beyond crisis to partner with individuals and families to break the cycle of crisis and promote self-sufficiency and wellness. Programs respond to the needs of vulnerable populations in our area: seniors, individuals living with disabilities, the local immigrant population, low income families, the unemployed and underemployed. They assist with any crisis that presents: homelessness, domestic violence, job-loss, insurance issues, financial crisis or medical, substance abuse or mental health issues.
The Flemington Area Food Pantry provides food and personal care items to needy Hunterdon County families regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background. It is located across the parking lot from the front entrance of the Flemington WalMart. Food insecurity is a national problem. In Hunterdon County, of 126,000 residents, an estimated 5,000 have income below the poverty level. Many of these residents, including children and infants, don’t get enough to eat without some form of assistance. The Pantry provides supplemental groceries to approximately 1,600 income qualified Hunterdon County families. Pantry clients are often friends and neighbors who may be underemployed, hard-working adults, veterans, families with children, and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and who go without food for several meals or sometimes several days at a time. Some have lost jobs, and some are homeless. They are of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds, but have one thing in common: they don’t have the resources to buy the food they need to subsist.
For the several years, volunteers have raised funds for Habitat which helped build a home in Lambertville. Our 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 UU FaithAction New Jersey (formerly 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
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we participate in “A Day of Service.” 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.
Hunterdon UU partners with the NORWESCAP Food Bank to fight hunger in northwestern New Jersey. Here are ways you can help:
- Donate food at any time by placing it in the marked bin by the back door of Dodd Hall (the building behind the Old Stone Church.) Preferred items are peanut butter, tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, canned soup and nutritious cereals, but other high-nutrition foods are also welcome.
- Help organize a food drive for the food bank. This is a good project for covenant groups, religious exploration groups or families. Find out how by emailing .
- Donate directly to the food bank. They accept donations of money, certain items for their thrift shop, or food (preferred items listed above.) For more information, call the food bank at 908-454-4322 or email email@example.com. You can also find out about NORWESCAP Food Bank’s own fundraisers, like the Culinary Celebration in October, which you might want to attend.
- Volunteer at the food bank on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Email your preferred date(s) to Becky E. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For more information or to receive monthly reminders of the upcoming food bank dates, email email@example.com.
Potluck with a Purpose is an opportunity for members of the congregation to introduce social justice causes. The Potluck will be held in Dodd Hall and will provide a chance for an individual to present a social justice organization that they would like to share with the Hunterdon UU community. The event can include a speaker, either being a member or a representative of the social justice topic. A brief presentation should be done followed by a question and answer/ discussion period. Then the event will be concluded with a potluck. Attendees are asked to bring food to share.
Re-Member is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which works with the Oglala Lakota Nation on Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota.
Volunteers comprised of individuals and groups from churches, high schools, colleges, and corporations join us at their facility in Pine Ridge for one week at a time. Volunteers participate in various work projects across the Reservation, helping to rebuild relationships, homes, and lives.
Guided by the aspirations of the Oglala Lakota Indian communities, Re-Member seeks to improve the quality of reservation life through relationships, shared resources, and volunteer services. Through site visits and cultural immersion, they develop a growing circle of advocates standing in solidarity with the Indian people of Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
Members of our congregation have volunteered in the past and will be volunteering again this summer. If you are interested in volunteering in the summer please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. If you are interested in donating to HIOC, please send a check made out HIOC to:
Hunterdon Interfaith Outreach Council
5 East Main St.
Flemington, NJ 08822
Hunterdon UU Member Social Justice Profile
Members of Hunterdon UU are not only active in social justice through our congregation, they also volunteer with organizations close their hearts. Below, see information about these organizations. If you are a Hunterdon UU member whose name should be added to a listing, please reach out to email@example.com.
Members of the fellowship support an area family of three who fled Honduras and are seeking asylum in the U.S. Please email here for more information. Members on this team are: Shane W., Jane J., Emily B., and Donna S.
America’s Grow a Row (AGAR) believes everyone deserves access to fresh food for healthy living. With the help of 9,000 volunteers annually, AGAR donate more than 2.5 million pounds (10 million servings) of produce to hunger relief agencies in NJ, NYC, Pennsylvania, and the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information visit here. Members who volunteer for AGAR are Jackie F. and Kathleen C.
Baling Twine and Hope Animal Rescue cares for a variety of farm animals; creates community spaces and education programs such as homeschool farm experiences. Animals cared for include horses, mini donkeys, goats, ponies, rabbits, and chickens. There are volunteer opportunities for those who are experienced with animals and who are not. For more information visit here. Members who volunteer with Baling Twine and Hope are MaryBeth H. and Barbara S.
Big Brothers Big Sisters help all youth achieve their full potential through one-on-one mentoring relationships that ignite power and promise. For more information visit BBBS here. Derek S. is a member who gives his time to BBBS.
A group of people from area churches meet every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the bridge across from the post office in Milford to witness for the BLM movement, holding signs and silently engaging with pedestrians and those passing in cars. For more information email here. Becky E., Phil L., Kathleen C., and Marion M. participate in this group.
Hunterdon and Bucks County residents and businesses who are concerned with the NJ Dept. of Transportation (NJDOT) planned rockfall mitigation project along three miles of Route 29 in Kingwood Twp., including the Devil’s Tea Table area. The mission is to raise public awareness about rockfall mitigation projects within the Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic Corridor and to advocate for real public involvement. For more information, email Phil L. here.
Introduced at the 2022 Thanksgiving service, this group involving multiple churches in the area welcomes and assists Ukrainian refugees and in the past assisted Afghan refugees with funds, rides, and in other ways. For more information email here. Emily B. and others are members who work with this group.
Meals on Wheels was started by a small group of Philadelphia citizens in 1954. Meals On Wheels supports seniors to extend their independence and health as they age. It currently helps 2.8 million across the nation. More information is available here. Member Jane J. volunteers with Meals on Wheels.
Open Cupboard Food Pantry serves the significant hunger and food insecurity needs of residents of northern Hunterdon and southern Warren counties and believes that the community has a responsibility to address the food needs of those who cannot afford to feed their families. Go here for more information. Member Sandy W. volunteers with Open Cupboard.
Hunterdon UU sent a contingent representing us to Pride Parades in New Hope/Lambertville and in Frenchtown for the first time in 2023, but the enthusiastic response is a pretty clear sign that this will be an annual effort every spring. To learn more about the events in New Hope please visit here. And visit here to learn more about the events in Frenchtown. Many members of our congregation showed up to support this effort and represent Hunterdon UU. If you would like to speak to a member of the congregation about these events, email here.
Raritan Learning Cooperative is an education center for public school or homeschooled tweens and teens that provides customized classes and field trips based on student interest. The Cooperative intentionally enroll a small number of students. Volunteers tutor and lead classes. Enjoying working with teens is qualification; no certification is needed. Members Mary Beth H. and Harry P. volunteer with Raritan Learning Cooperative. To learn more, visit their website here.
UU the Vote is made of members of UU communities across the U.S. that work during election season to defend voting rights and voter access. Member Peggy G. works with UU the Vote. You can learn more here.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers free tax help to low-moderate income individuals and families, including young adults, adults, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and those with limited English skills. Volunteer training is provided. Email Kathleen C. here if you are interested in learning more.
Hunterdon UU Volunteer Committees
How are you interested in spending your time? These are our Hunterdon UU volunteer-led work groups.
Buildings and Grounds Committee
Improving the appearance of our beautiful stone church, Dodd Hall, and the gardens, as well as keeping the facilities in sound working order. Help is always needed for gardening and grass-cutting. We host three clean-up days each year: an outdoor day in both spring and fall and Blue Jeans Sunday, which is the last summer service. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Identify the need for care due to a significant event such as a pandemic, failing health, a death of a family member, surgery, birth, adoption or fostering of a child, a move. Arrange assistance such as delivery of some meals, having a “check-in” call, a ride to an appointment, and a friendly visit. Email email@example.com.
Coordinate communication across multiple channels, including social media, website, newsletter, emails, and the listserve. It also includes photo permissions and the photo directory. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advise the Executive Board on the development of the Fellowship’s budget and the best use of its assets. The committee uses Board input on fiscal priorities and treasurer information on income and expenses to monitor the current year’s position and suggest a budget for each coming year. Email email@example.com.
Design and implement fundraising events or campaigns that complement our mission, are intergenerational, and inspire the congregation’s generosity of time, talent, and financial support for FUUFHC in order to reach the fundraising goal which supports the operating budget. Facilitate the fall auction and a spring event. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provide a welcoming environment for visitors and members before and after the main service. Email email@example.com.
Welcome new friends. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Locate candidates for leadership positions. Email email@example.com.
Pastoral Care Associates:
Support the minister in pastoral care, reach out to congregants in need of support and bridge with the Caring Committee as needed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Religious Exploration Committee
Fully staff youth programs and provide training for volunteers. Email email@example.com for the committee; firstname.lastname@example.org for Sarah Ahrens, the Director of Religious Exploration.
Social Justice Committee
Social justice work that aligns with the preferences of the Fellowship. Work includes local and global causes. Email email@example.com.
Plan and administer the annual pledge campaign, which raises over 80% of our annual operating revenue. The committee also supports other congregational fundraising activities including capital campaigns, loan administration, and endowment planning. The Chair of the Stewardship Committee sits on the Finance Committee. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Services Committee
Provide a spiritual home on Lay Lead Sundays through a variety of speakers from inside and outside the Fellowship. Grow the number of Sunday Services Members. Email email@example.com.