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Community Outreach

helpinghandsThe Mission of the Community Outreach Committee is to promote Unitarian Universalist values by leading the UUCOV congregation in social service outreach to the local community. We do this by:

      • Educating the congregation about social service needs in the local community,
      • Communicating social service volunteer opportunities to the congregation,
      • Coordinating congregational social service projects,
      • Working in collaboration with Interfaith Outreach, Inc., and other community organizations to serve local social service needs,
      • Raising funds for local social service needs.

Our current activities focus on improving the lives of children and adults in South Sarasota County who are homeless, hungry, or economically deprived.

Community Outreach News

Newcomers Take Note

FamilyPromiseUUCOV is a proud member of the Family Promise of South Sarasota County (FPSSC) program, which helps homeless families with children in South Sarasota County. We provide the families with dinner, host the evening, play with the kids, and spend the night. We help get them off the next day after breakfast. The parents spend their days working or looking for work and housing with help from the Family Promise staff while their children are in school. Flexibility is key as each mother’s/father’s needs and their children’s needs are different.
UUCOV, in partnership with Venice United Church of Christ (VUCC), will host families at Asta Linder the weeks of October 15 through the 22nd; December 24, 2017 to January 7, 2018; March 25, 2018 to April 8, 2018; July 1, 2018 to July 15, 2018; September 30, 2018 to October 14,2018 and December 23, 2018 to January 16, 2019. Family Promise lost $45,000 in funding for this year. Our partnering with VUCC to host these families for an additional week, and their good faith offering of $1600 a year, allows UUCOV to commit that money to supporting FPSSC. And to that end, we gave FPSSC $1200 for Publix gift cards and gas gift cards to distribute to families as needed out of this year’s budget. The remaining budget will be spent for supplies for host weeks, buying clothes (school and work), medicine, items needed when the families find housing, etc.
Our Team has its plate full and we need and encourage your help. For more information about volunteering for Family Promise, contact Cindy O’Dell 317-370-6705