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Community Service Committee

Our mission is to identify, promote, and coordinate community-service activities that stimulate personal and spiritual fulfillment through shared efforts to enrich our community.

Community Service has historically been a central aspect of congregational life at First Unitarian Church. On any Sunday you are invited to come by our table in Channing Hall to learn how you can volunteer.

To volunteer for a planned project or to recommend participation in a new project or event, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As shoreline sponsors, we join with other community groups on the Second Saturday of each month at 8:30 am for about 2 hours to clean and spruce up the White Rock Lake shoreline. Our adopted section is located on West Lawther between Fisher Road and Branchfield. This is an excellent way for new members to get to know other church members, for children of all ages to join their families in community service, and for everyone to enjoy the quiet beauty of the lake through the changes of seasons. Contact Chris Rambo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 
Blood Drive
We sponsor two blood drives each year to benefit Carter BloodCare, one each in the spring and fall. The BloodMobile sets up at the church on Sunday morning, and blood donors give the gift of life before, during, and after the morning church services.
 

        DME Exchange

        Durable Medical Equipment Exchange recycles durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs, scooters,

        walkers, bedside commodes, shower chairs, and home hospital beds and then distributes the equipment free of        

        charge to Dallas County residents. www.dfwdmeexchange.org

 

Eyeglasses Collection
The Community Service table provides a place for people to recycle their used eyeglasses to the Lion’s Club.
 
Recycled Cell Phones & Ink Cartridges
We collect and donate unused or old cell phones to groups in need, such as Mosaic Family Center, or send them for recycling. We also collect used ink cartridges for recycling.
 
Habitat for Humanity
Every 2 to 3 years, church members have an opportunity to work on building a home for a Dallas family. Our last project took place in April-May 2009. As a sponsor organization, we provide funding and volunteers to construct decent and affordable housing in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the homeowners who invest “sweat equity” in their homes. This is a major commitment, and requires special fund raising and many hours of service. One of our most popular projects!
 
Hearts & Hammers
This non-profit organization provides maintenance to the homes of fixed/low income senior citizens in cooperation with the City of Dallas. Volunteers make exterior repairs, yard clean up and painting. The resulting transformation of the homes brings joy to both volunteers and homeowners. No experience is required, and volunteers of all ages are welcomed. This very popular project occurs 2 consecutive weekends in September and is a great way to make new UU friends.
 
Holiday Gift Drive
To brighten the Winter holiday season, we sponsor the Adult Protective Services Gift Drive benefiting adults in the custody of the state. We have the opportunity in early December to select and fulfill their specific gift requests.
 
Housing Crisis Center (HCC)
HCC is an agency focused on preventing homelessness and re-housing those who are currently experiencing homelessness in Dallas County. HCC provides many services, including pro-bono legal aid, employment assistance, short- and long-term transitional shelter, permanent supportive housing, child-care, and emergency financial assistance. We have had a long and close relationship with HCC. Indeed, a member of First Church founded it, and a number of our members have served (and continue to serve) on its board. The CSC has supported the HCC by overseeing collection drives to benefit their clients, successfully gathering everything from paper towels to bedding to ironing boards.
 
LIFT – Literacy Instruction for Texas
Being functionally illiterate is a major problem for over 25% of the adult population. LIFT provides adult literacy classes. Volunteers receive training to conduct the classes. No prior teaching experience is necessary. Volunteer for as little as two hours per week. For more information contact John Norfleet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit http://www.lift-texas.org.
 
North Dallas Shared Ministries (NDSM)
Founded by a covenant of 45 North Dallas congregations, including First Unitarian, NDSM is dedicated to serving the working poor and elderly through a variety of services including emergency assistance (utilities, rent, transportation, documentation), a food pantry, a used clothing closet, employment counseling, tax preparation services, eyeglasses, English as a second language classes, a dental clinic, a medical clinic for acute minor illness, vaccinations, well women's health care, dermatology and podiatry services. First Unitarian supports the work of NDSM through volunteer service in all of the above areas, plus food and clothing contributions. To learn more, contact Trish Houck by email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 
North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank addresses the issue of hunger in our community by securing donations of foods and grocery products for distribution through a network of 300 charitable organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in 13 North Texas counties.
 
Plan to be a part of our monthly food "sorting and boxing" UU volunteer shift! It's satisfying, fun, good exercise, and helps "get food on the table" for the ever-growing number of persons in our community with real hunger needs. We currently work a Wednesday afternoon shift at the NTFB warehouse near Loop 12 and Cockrell Hill. Additional shifts can be added as we add more volunteers. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information and to sign-up. Visit www.ntfb.org for more information.
 
Partners in Education
This Dallas ISD program is available through our Women’s Day Alliance partnership with Dan D. Rogers Elementary School (Lovers Lane and Abrams Road). Various volunteer positions offer opportunities to make a difference in the 400+ students’ lives. An average commitment is one-two hours per week during the school year. Financial support for supplies and field trips is also welcome.    
 
Shoe Collections (ShoeBank.org)
Twice a year we collect gently used adult athletic shoes, men’s dress shoes, and all types of children’s shoes for the Shoe Bank. This non-profit program, founded by a 1st UU church member, provides footwear for under-privileged men, women and children locally and internationally.

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