Community Service is a central aspect of congregational life at First Unitarian Church. The mission of the Community Service Committee is to identify, promote, and coordinate community-service activities that stimulate personal and spiritual fulfillment through shared efforts to enrich our community.
On any Sunday you are invited to come by the Community Service table in Channing Hall to learn how you can volunteer.
Hearts & Hammers
This non-profit organization provides maintenance to the homes of fixed/low income/disabled senior citizens. We are working in partnership in 2017 with the 10th Street Community Trust. Our 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. Sign up for September 16 or 23 (or both). Contact our UU team captain Paul Munger at email@example.com
-Time to sign up for the 2017-18 school year!
Dedicated to improving students reading skills who are reading 6 months to 2.5 years below grade level. Volunteers work 1 on 1 with DISD students for 45 minutes twice a week, following a structured, research-based curriculum. Reading Partners works with 19 different DISD schools, supporting students from low-income communities. Contact Brian Mumey for additional info 214-766-8511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 David Yates at email@example.com.
We sponsor three 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. Contact Sara Miskimins to make your reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Square’s mission is to fight the root causes of poverty by partnering with those in need. Their work affirms the inherent worth and dignity of every person and strives for justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. Volunteer opportunities (individual, family, or group) are available with all their programs. We have regular group volunteer shifts at the City Square Food Pantry. More information is available at email@example.com.
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
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.
Family Gateway provides stability and supportive services to children and families affected by homelessness. Volunteers are needed to serve meals, for organizing & cleaning projects, or to do crafts & activities with children in our emergency shelter. Bring your special talents to introduce our children to a wider view of the world. Play your instrument or teach kids how to meditate or do yoga. Volunteer opportunities available for families, individuals or groups. Periodic drives for household necessities will also be publicized. Online application and background check at www.familygateway.org or contact church member Ellen Magnis firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 fall 2015. 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!
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.
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 email@example.com 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 Leslie Palmer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 work a Wednesday and a Saturday afternoon shifts each month at the NTFB warehouse near Loop12 and Cockrell Hill Rd. Contact email@example.com 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.