“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank

 

During the coming year, we will introduce our children, teens, adults and families to many different types of community service projects. From fundraising for a worthwhile organization to doing good deeds that help local people, our activities include a variety of ways to help others. We also try to empower our children to respond to immediate needs as they come up (such as from unfortunate disasters or social justice issues). We do this because community service and social action are important parts of our Unitarian Universalist faith. Our children, teens, and adults can make a positive difference in our world! We want our members and friends to know that “helping others” can be easy, enjoyable and enriching.

 

If you discover that your child has a particular interest in a project we did, please consider supporting him or her in continuing the important work. Our introductory projects are simple enough to do in one morning and varied enough to engage many different interests. Picking a favorite project and continuing with more depth and commitment can be very satisfying and rewarding.

 

Some of our projects extend home with activities your family can do. Let us be clear that you are not “required” to do them. Consider these projects to be quality “helping” opportunities for you and your children to consider. Your job is to choose the ones that are right for you. By selecting the projects that match your family’s interests, philosophies, and resources, your children will discover that community service can be an enjoyable experience.

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”  ~ Margaret Mead

 

 

A sample of the projects we will be doing this year!

 

LGBTQ Advocacy and Support
Beginning in September and continuing through out the year as a “Welcoming Congregation”, we will offer movie screenings and other opportunities to affirm and honor our LGBTQ friends and neighbors. We will finish the church year in June by joining with the many other friends/allies of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered community to march in the Gay Pride parade in Boston.

 

Used Books Making a Difference
We will collect gently used books to donate to More Than Words Bookstore in Waltham.  The bookstore is part of a non-profit organization that trains and benefits troubled youth.  By teaching them business skills, they transform their young lives by giving them the tools to have a successful life.

 

Supporting people who are homeless
We will continue our work from last year supporting and advocating for people who are homeless. Even our youngest children can help by making “craft kits” and care-packages for kids who are homeless.

 

Change for change
Our children and youth will host a change collection proving that everyone’s pennies and other change can make a difference.  At our Children’s Annual Meeting in February, they will vote on what organization to raise money for and what service project’s they want to kick-off for March when our thematic ministry will be “love and compassion”.

 

A Special Easter basket
During the month of April, we will collect supplies to make a special “Easter Basket” for the homeless animals at a local Animal Shelter.

 

The Walk-for-Hunger
A number of children and youth will again enthusiastically led UCMH’s team on the Project Bread annual Walk-for-Hunger in May.  Together, First Parish walkers will collect a generous amount for Project Bread to help feed the far too many food insecure people in Massachusetts.

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