Social Action Committee
The Social Action Committee keeps abreast of conditions and problems affecting human welfare, and helps the Fellowship as a whole to do so. Our current areas of emphasis as determined by a vote of members of the Fellowship are: War and Peace, Universal Health Care, Mass Extinction/Global Warming and Civil Liberties. The Chairs of the Social Action Committee are Jack Munsee (email@example.com) and Ursula Osborne (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Social Action Committee meets the first Sunday of each month at 1:00 p.m. until about 2:30 p.m. Currently we are working on current issues of concern and contemplation, as well as ongoing activities such as the Social Action Brunch, a brunch served at the Fellowship on the third Sunday of the month, with the proceeds going to local organizations or charities.
Tuesdays are HUUF's day to bring food to the Arcata Night Shelter. this is a regular action chosen by our congregation in 2003 when we joined the Humboldt All Faith Partnership. SAC donates money from its budget to the partnership, while various HUUF members cook and provide hot meals every Tuesday evening to the residents of the shelter. Volunteers interested in participating in this project can contact Jean Munsee (email@example.com).
High Protein Sunday, formerly known as "Tuna Sunday", is the first Sunday of each month when we collect tuna, peanut butter, canned beans and other sources of protein that can be eaten without cooking. These are delivered to the Northcoast Resource Center in Arcata where they are added to food boxes for needy clients.
Coffee sales are held in the HUUF foyer on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. The coffee and other Equal Exchange products that we sell come to us from the UU Service Committee. Revenue from the sales is sent to Circulo de Amigas for the tuition of 9 year old Eymi Gonsales in Jinotega, Nicaragua.
The Loleta program is just getting underway. Notices concerning the need for food donations will appear once a month on the website and in the Green Sheet at Sunday services. The donations gathered on the third Sunday of each month will be taken to the Loleta Food Closet for distribution to those who need food. We also have a group of volunteers who help out in the 1st and 2nd grade classrooms of the Loleta Elementary School. If you would like to be a classroom volunteer please contact Ilene Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We also present topics at about four Sunday morning services a year, which deal with issues of concern. We distribute about $1,000/year to organizations outside our community to support their work in areas of concern to the congregation. Some of those organizations include Planned Parenthood of America and Doctors Without Borders. Every winter solstice holiday season one of our members organizes a holiday gift giving to the Rio Dell Head Start Program where members and friends of the congregation pick a child and buy a present for that child. We have co-sponsored a forum on military recruitment with the Quakers and a Monday night at the Fellowship program on nuclear weapons in Space.
Anyone may volunteer to be a member of the Social Action Committee by contacting one of the officers or by attending a meeting of the committee on the first Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm (except during the summer when the committee meets at 11:30 am). One does not have to be a member of the Fellowship to serve on the committee.