Helping Our Community
This year we’re collecting for Socially Responsible Santa in memory of Maggi Hayes who passed away this past April. Maggi was Santa’s top elf who raised thousands of dollars over the years to help community members during the holidays. We will be accepting gifts throughout the month of December.
Volunteer elves get referrals from congregation members and friends, community organizations, and schools. They deliver cash gifts to families or individuals in need. We believe that by giving a cash gift we are empowering people to decide for themselves what kinds of Christmas gifts they wish to give and receive. This is in keeping with the first principle of Unitarian Universalism: the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Donations to Socially Responsible Santa can be made by clicking on the button below.
Coordinated for many years by FUUSB member Maggi Hayes, this annual program began in 1986 as a project of the Social Responsibility Committee. Working with many community organizations over the years, we have increased the number of families served. While many recipients have purchased traditional gifts, others have used the money for past-due bills, assistive devices, and security deposits on apartments, allowing them to move out of a shelter. We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of the congregation.
FUUSB maintains a fund throughout the year to provide financial assistance to members of our community when emergencies arise. One-time gifts from this fund – given at the discretion of the Senior Minister or the Director of Operations & Finance – have helped in paying rent or utility bills, purchasing glasses or other health devices, buying gas, purchasing food, and many other needs. The Discretionary Fund is replenished through large and small gifts made at Christmas Eve services, and throughout the year from generous gifts from members and the community. You can give to this fund by clicking on the button below and choosing “Discretionary Fund.”
The Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP)
The First UU Society joins 25 Chittenden County faith communities in the Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP) to provide funds for food, transportation, utilities, laundry, and clothing. The First UU Society commits volunteers for the drop-in center, board and committee members to run it, and financial contributions to meet increasing client needs. During this time of COVID, JUMP hasn’t been unable to have face to face meetings with clients, therefore they have begun meeting clients via the telephone and providing assistance via gift cards to pay for gas or food, and directly making payments to utilities. JUMP is relying on financial contributions now more than ever. You can contribute to JUMP by clicking on this button.Make a Gift