UUCV’s mission is to transform lives and care for the world. We believe that neither of these things is possible alone. We go out into the world to work to heal the broken places of our world and then we bring those experiences back to our community to begin the work of healing the broken places in our own souls. From this place of healing and transformation are reenergized to carry our message into the world.

At UUCV we focus on direct action and advocacy in our local community as well as internationally. We pack food at our local food bank and work to support the education of girls in Mozambique. We raise money, walk in parades, protest, meet with our legislators, paint houses and more. Check out the Social Justice Committee to see how you can get involved.

August 2017 – UUCV Social Justice Events

 

Sign up in August to join the list of UUCV volunteers giving a morning of their time at Pine Grove Furnace State Park on National Public Lands Day, September 30thSign up at the Social Justice table in the Social Hall.  This is a great FAMILY event!

 

Gleaning for Project SHARE – Monday evenings from 5:30 to 8

Anyone who enjoys working outdoors should meet at Project SHARE on North Orange Street at 5:30 on Monday evenings.  Volunteers carpool to local farms and orchards to collect excess, unsellable, but perfectly good field gleanings.    

 

Change for the World – Cumberland Valley Habitat for Humanity “Home Again” Program

In keeping with Cumberland Valley Habitat for Humanity’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, the “Home Again” Program provides low-income homeowner’s an affordable way to improve the quality of their living conditions through home repair and enhancement to their house.  Although there is a mandatory application $50 fee, normally the work will be completed at no additional cost to the family.

The program provides repairs and improvements such as: painting, landscaping, exterior repairs, window and door replacement, insulation improvements, ramp construction, heating, plumbing, and electrical.

The application and approval process is a multi-step process that includes a visit to the home by CVHFH staff/volunteers to review what repairs or improvements are needed and to make sure CVHFH staff/volunteers are able to do the work required.  If approved, the project is assigned to a coordinator and/or volunteer leader and work will be completed.

JANUARY — UUCV Social Justice Events

Change for the World  – JANUARY 

The Carlisle Victory Circle (CVC) is a community based youth organization with a mission to challenge young people to prepare for their future through education and character development. CVC strives to make a difference in the lives of middle and high school students in the Carlisle Area School District.  They continue to address student needs by providing challenging workshops and activities that promote an understanding of educational opportunities.  Programs include: High/Middle School Club, After school club, SAT Preparation, Mentoring Programs, Public Speaking workshops, Technology training, Youth Leadership Program, and Career Options Workshops.

NOVEMBER — UUCV Social Justice Events

 

Project SHARE Food Distribution Days – SHOW UP to help on one of following days:

Tuesday, November 15th from 11:30 am to 2:15 pm

Wednesday, November 16th from 8:30 am to 11:15 am

Thursday, November 17th from 3:00 pm to 5:45 pm

Saturday, November 19th from 8:30 am to 11:15 am

 

Mozambique Bursary Project Kickoff Luncheon – Sunday, November 20th

 

Change for the World  – NOVEMBER

Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Services of Cumberland County

The YWCA’s Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis program offers a 24-hour Hotline for victims of rape and sexual assault, accompaniment to legal and medical proceedings, individual counseling for victims and their significant others, support groups, advocacy, and prevention/education programs to professional and civic groups, and students in Cumberland County schools.

Services provided include: a 24 hour toll-free Hotline, Counseling, Medical and Legal Advocacy, Protection from Abuse Orders, Preventative Education Programs, Girlz Camp (week long camp for teen girls who have been victims of sexual abuse) and the Hero Project (a community based child sexual abuse prevention program to motivate adults to report child sexual abuse).  All Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Services are free and confidential.

 

 

OCTOBER — UUCV Social Justice Events

 

Kit Karnsey is back!  She’s ready to accept your donations of non-perishable food or cash for the Mt Holly Springs food bank.  This food bank services the Mt Holly, Gardners, and Boiling Springs area.

 

Project SHARE Food Distribution Days – SHOW UP to help on one of following days:

Tuesday, October 18th from 11:30 am to 2:15 pm

Wednesday, October 19th from 8:30 am to 11:15 am

Thursday, October 20th from 3:00 pm to 5:45 pm

Saturday, October 22nd from 8:30 am to 11:15 am

 

Change for the World – The Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge Flood Fund

The “UCBR Flood Fund” was established to receive funds to assist members and friends of the church after the recent devastating floods in Baton Rouge.  They are acting as the clearing house for the donated funds and will ensure donations received will go to those in need.

 

Change for the World – JULY

 LGBT Center of Central PA is the July CFTW recipient.  The purpose of the LGBT Center of Central PA is to create common ground for the LGBT community and allies in Central PA by providing services through educational, cultural, and community activities that foster wholeness.  Donations collected from CFTW will support training and education of school staff to make sure they are aware of who LGBT youth are and how to create a safe and welcoming place for LGBT people.

Change for the World – JUNE

YWCA “Gather the Women” is the June CFTW recipient.  An economic advancement program for women with limited financial resources designed to guide them toward personal growth and economic advancement. Group members meet twice each month and serve as a support system and resource group for each other. Some of the topics discussed at these meetings include self-esteem, parenting, health and wellness, effective communication, healthy relationships, and conflict management and fiscal responsibility. The participants set modest but measurable goals for both personal and economic growth which are reviewed with the program director quarterly. Furthermore, the director of the program provides one-on-one support and mentoring, advocacy, referrals, learning opportunities and encouragement for each member of the group.

 

Calendar of Events : June

Project SHARE Distribution Days 

Tuesday, June 14th from 11:30 am to 2:15 pm

Wednesday, June 15th from 8:30 am to 11:15 am

Thursday, June 16th from 3:00 pm to 5:45 pm

Saturday, June 18th from 8:30 am to 11:15 am

 

 

Change for the World – MAY

farmers on the squareThe Double Up Market Bucks program allows recipients of SNAP (formerly called Food Stamps), WIC, and the Senior Farm Market Nutrition Program to double their spending power at local farmer’s markets. This program, which is offered locally by Carlisle’s Farmers on the Square, allows eligible individuals to receive $20 of fresh fruits and vegetables for every $10 spent. Funding for the Double Up Market Bucks programs comes entirely from private donors and grants.

Calendar of Events: May

Social Justice-related Book Discussion – “Just Mercy”

Sunday, May 8 and May 22nd at 9:00 AM in the UUCV Board Room

Project SHARE Distribution Days

Tuesday, May 17th from 11:30 AM to 2:15 PM

Wednesday, May 18th from 8:30 am to 11:15 am

Thursday, May 19th  from 3:00 pm to 5:45 pm

Saturday, May 21st  from 8:30 am to 11:15 am

Change for the World – APRIL

ATinPA-PineGroveFurnaceStatePark005The Appalachian Trail Museum Society in Pine Grove Furnace State Park.  The nationally known and used Appalachian Trail has a prominent place in the life of our community.  The Museum Society preserves and communicates the history of the Appalachian Trail and works to protect and maintain this special place in our environment.  Visit the website at www.atmuseum.org

Calendar of Events: April 2016

Food Drive to benefit Mt Holly Food Bank

“Kit Karnsley” will accept non-perishable (unopened) food all month.  Remember to please check expiration dates.

Environmental Education – View the documentary “Groundswell Rising”

Sunday, April 17th at 9:00 am in the UUCV Board Room.  The film is 70 minutes in length.

Project SHARE Distribution Days

project shareSign up to help on one or more of following days:

  • Tuesday, April 19th from 11:30 am to 2:15 pm
  • Wednesday, April 20th from 8:30 am to 11:15 am
  • Thursday, April 21st from 3:00 pm to 5:45 pm
  • Saturday, April 23rd from 8:30 am to 11:15 am

Stop by the Social Justice table for details

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