The Social Action Committee at UUFC coordinates activities that address social and environment justice in our community. Programs that UUFC support financially often receive substantial in-kind assistance through hours of volunteer time provided by members. This volunteer component allows UUFC members and friends to act collectively on their faith.
New Social Action Committee members are very welcome! Help is needed on any of our specific activities listed below, and by the Committee that meets periodically to coordinate and plan.
Sunday Benevolence Collection
The UUFC Benevolence Program is our way of providing financial support to various local charities that combat hunger, homelessness and social inequality. The UUFC contributes 25% of all undesignated cash received in Sunday collections to four non-profit agencies on a rotating basis. Individuals can also write checks payable to UUFC by designating in the check memo line that 100% be for the benevolence of the month.
The Social Action Committee of UUFC reviews and selects the non-profit groups that receive financial assistance each year. Historically the UUFC Benevolence Program served a very wide assortment of causes, including additional charitable groups, a UUA seminary and the Mountain Retreat Center in Highlands, NC. However, in the past several years we have taken the approach of helping fewer groups, thereby giving them a greater amount of financial assistance. The local groups that receive financial help through the Benevolence Program also are the beneficiaries of a substantial volunteer commitment from UUFC members as well.
Clemson Community Care
CCC is our local food bank for which we collect canned foods during our weekly Sunday Service.
Clemson Child Development Center
CCDC provides child care and socialization to approximately 70 pre-schoolers annually. CCDC is known for its excellence, and the ethnic and socio-economic diversity of its student population. UUFC has had a long relationship with CCDC, which initially opened in 1969 to provide quality pre-school education for African American children preparing to enter newly integrated public schools.
Pickens County Family Promise Program
The UUFC serves as a Support Church for the Family Promise Program of Pickens County. Four times per year volunteers provide two days of evening and overnight support services including meal preparation and serving, homework help and evening fellowship, overnight staffing and other supportive services for homeless families. UUFC is one of many churches in Clemson and a part of a country-wide network that have coordinated efforts to assist the homeless. UUFC has partnered with Ft. HiIl Presbyterian Church and provides these services at Ft. Hill, where the families are temporarily housed.
Safe Harbor provides a continuum of services for victims of domestic violence and their children, including shelter, legal aid, community based counseling and an extensive domestic violence prevention program in the schools. UUFC also participates in the Annual Ministers' Cook-off, using UUFC's creative culinary volunteers, to raise additional funds for the domestic violence program.
Our Daily Rest Shelter
Volunteers provide a bi-monthly Monday evening meal for the 35 homeless people at Our Daily Rest Shelter in Seneca.
Habitat for Humanity and UUFC
Marh 2018: UUFC is preparing to re-establish our involvement with the Pickens County chapter of Habitat For Humanity.
Contact: Click here for more info
Annual October CROP Walk
The annual October CROP Walk is an interfaith effort organized by Church World Services, which administers funds for international relief effort. 25% of funds raised benefits our local Clemson Community Care. It's a 3.8 mile walk around the Clemson campus or you can donate directly online to Team UUFC.
Annual November Ministers' Cook-off
The annual November Ministers Cook-off gives many faith communities an opportunity to work together. The Cook-off benefits the Safe Harbor Domestic Violence Program. This is a fun food tasting event.