litter-crew-2016Coordinated by the Social Action Committee, our members provide goods and service to the local community through these activities:

Adopt-a-Class • holiday gift project for children in the Head Start Program. Contact Kay Bowen, Norma Barber.

Adopt-a-Highway road clean-up • we pick up trash along Route 3 north of Wooster 3-4 times each summer.  Contact Jay Klemme.

People to People Ministries • collections of cash and nonperishable food are taken one Sunday a month from September through May for this agency which provides basic needs for local people. Contact Betty Schuler.

“Our Family” Label Collection • labels from Buehler’s house brand are donated to the Viola Startzman Free Clinic. $25 is earned for each bundle of 500 labels. Contact Sue Gross.

Travelers’ Toiletries • soap, shampoo and conditioner from stays in motels or hotels are donated to local shelters for use by their temporary residents. Contact Sue Gross.

Open Plate Collection • proceeds from the open plate collection of the last Sunday of each month are donated to a designated local social justice organization. These include Friendship Meals in Orrville, Every Woman’s House, Second Baptist Church meals, Seventh Day Adventist meals, Trinity UCC Meals, CAMO, MOCA House, UUFWC Emergency Fund.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing • members volunteer to ring the bell before Christmas to benefit the shelter and other programs. Contact Bert Bishop.

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

UU Service Committee • through the budget of the Social Action Committee, an annual congregational gift of $1 per member supports this organization working to advance human and social justice throughout the world.

Microfinance • the working poor are supported by UUFWC investments. Our Equal Exchange certificate of deposit funds a line of credit to support Fair Trade with loans to small family farmers. Investment in short term Oikocredit notes enables poor women in India to establish income-generating businesses.

Fair Trade Products Sales • coffee, tea, chocolate, almonds and olive oil are sold after Sunday services. Profit is donated to the Social Action Committee. Contact Sue Gross.

Gift of Sight Foundation • eyeglasses are collected for this organization which repairs and delivers them to people around the world who cannot afford or access eye care. Contact Sue Gross.

ECUMENICAL ACTIVITIES

Alternative Gift Market • in cooperation with other area churches, the UUFWC provides an opportunity to reduce commercialization of the holidays and encourage the purchase of gifts which improve the lives of others. Contact Mary Wicks.

Wooster Interfaith Justice Committee • area churches have joined together to educate their members and develop ecumenical programs to address local poverty, prisoner re-entry, and environmental issues. Membership is open to anyone interested. Contact Cheryl Guthrie.

Behind Bars and Beyond • members of the Wooster Interfaith Justice Committee formed this re-entry community support group for people who have committed misdemeanors or felonies or have been incarcerated. The group is centered around support and sharing. It works with community partners. Contact Cheryl Guthrie.

Wayne Clean Water Partnership • members of the Wooster Interfaith Justice Committee formed this group whose mission is to provide research and advisory services to public and private agencies to assist them in the development of neighborhood storm water management projects. It is currently working with the Wayne Soil and Water Conservation District on a storm water project in northeastern Wayne County. Contact Betty Schuler.

Racial Justice Working Group • community members have formed this coalition dedicated to racial and ethnic peace and justice in Wayne County. Please see their page.