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.
Volunteer in our local community
When: Thursday mornings, March 8th & 22nd from 9:30 – 11:30
Where: Project SHARE’s Farm Stand is located at 123 Lincoln Street, Carlisle
Why: To provide fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need.
Fun for all ages! Please sign up at Social Justice table.
Save The Date – March Social Justice Film
Join us on Wednesday, March 28th at 1:00 pm OR 6:30 pm as we view the documentary, Born Into Brothels. The film is about the inspiring non-profit foundation Kids With Cameras, which teaches photography skills to children in marginalized communities. In 1998, New York-based photographer Zana Briski started photographing prostitutes in the red-light district of Calcutta. She eventually developed a relationship with their children, who were fascinated by her equipment.
After several years of learning in workshops with Briski, the kids created their own photographs with point-and-shoot 35 mm cameras. Their images capture the intimacy and color of everyday life in the overpopulated sections of Calcutta. Proceeds from the sale of the children’s photographs go to fund their future education. Directed by Briski and filmmaker Ross Kauffman, Born Into Brothels was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the documentary competition.
Change for the World – Cumberland Valley Rail Trail Council
The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail Council (CVTRC) is an all-volunteer, non-profit, charitable corporation dedicated to conservation, historic preservation, recreation and alternative transportation in the Cumberland Valley through the development of multi-use trails along former railroad corridors and other areas. The CVRTC depends on local membership dues and contributions for its operational funds.
Once a stretch of railroad tracks, the 11-mile Cumberland Valley Trail, from Shippensburg to Newville, was donated to CVRTC by Conrail in 1995. CVRTC has spent the last 19 years developing the former Cumberland Valley Railroad into an improved multi-use trail to serve all ages and abilities. Trail enthusiasts can enjoy walking, jogging, bicycling, horseback riding and other non-motorized recreational uses. The trail, which is wheelchair-accessible, has a crushed limestone surface except for the last ½ mile at the Newville trail head which is paved. All of the road crossings between these two points have been graded to meet ADA specification and paved if it is a long grade. Plans are currently in the works to extend the trail into Carlisle.
Souper Bowl Day of Caring – Be a part of the National Campaign to End Hunger. Bring canned goods to UUCV on Sunday Feb 4 and Feb 11. Let’s fill Kit Karnsey.
Project SHARE Farm Stand – Help is needed on Thursday, Feb 8 and Feb 22 from 9:30 to 11:30. Volunteers sort donated food for distribution to those in need. The Farm Stand is located at 123 Lincoln St, Carlisle.
Black History Festival – Hope Station is sponsoring the 2018 Black History Festival on Saturday, Feb 24th from 11 am until 2 pm at Hamilton Elementary School, 735 Clay Street, Carlisle. The event will feature speakers and performances.
Change For The World – All change donated this month will support the efforts of the The Mt Holly Springs Food Bank which provides food to needy individuals and families in Boiling Springs, Mt Holly Springs, and Gardners communities. The food bank is open every Tuesday from noon until 2:00 pm. Your donations will help fight hunger in our own community.
Carlisle’s MLK Jr Walk and Commemoration Service – Join us on Sunday, January 14th at 2:45 pm as we participate in Carlisle’s annual MLK Jr. walk. The walk begins at 2:45 at the First Lutheran Church on East High Street in Carlisle. We will walk a short distance to the Old Courthouse for a short service. The MLK Jr. Commemoration service follows at 4:00 pm at First Lutheran Church.
Volunteer opportunities – Project SHARE Farm Stand – If you want to get involved in helping the local community, JOIN US at the Farm Stand on Thursday mornings, January 4th and January 25th. Project SHARE’s Farm Stand, located at 123 Lincoln Street, Carlisle, provides fresh produce, perishable products, and bread two or three days a week to anyone in the Carlisle community who is in need. Volunteers are needed from 9:30 am until about noon to sort the fruits and produce donated by local grocery stores and farmers. It’s NOT hard work and it’s FUN. All ages are welcome. If interested, SIGN UP at the Social Justice table in the social hall.
Change for the World – PET Carlisle, Inc. – Donate your loose change to help bring mobility and dignity to disabled individuals in developing countries by providing Personal Energy Transportation (PET) wheelchairs at no cost to people who have lost the use of their legs. These wheelchairs are built in Mt Holly Springs, PA. 100% of all donations go towards building and shipping the PET wheelchairs.
UUCV Living Our Mission In 2017
The Social Justice Committee at UUCV would like to thank all of those who volunteered their time, services, financial support and talents as we contributed to the following organizations in 2017:
Project SHARE Farm Stand
MLK Jr Walk and Commemoration
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Fill the Bus
Mt Holly Food Bank – Kit Karnsey
Change for the World
Social Justice-related films
Building Bridges / Friendship Dinner
Advocacy: petitions, rallies, phone calls
Gleaning for Project SHARE
United Way Day of Caring
National Public Lands Day
Mitten Tree (YUUTH)