Current Service Project Opportunities During COVID-19
Some of our current service project opportunities during COVID-19:
One in five Washington families is expected to face food insecurity this year. Join the Social Justice Committee in combating hunger in our community through our virtual food drive. There are two ways you can participate:
Option 1: As you shop for your family’s groceries add items to donate or check your pantry and garden for non-expired, unopened, non-perishable food that does not require refrigeration, commercially packaged unexpired baked goods, fresh produce without broken skin, snack foods, shelf-stable beverages, and bottled water.
Please provide the weight of your contribution (if possible) or an estimate of the weight so we can track the total pounds donated. Email the weight to email@example.com so that we can track the impact our congregation makes. Donate the items to the Food is Free share table closest to you. Please be respectful of the host’s home and look for signs about donation areas. You can find the closest table(s) to you on the virtual map — Food is Free Washington State – Google My Maps and/or you can join the Food is Free Facebook Group to ask any questions or request a pickup if you need one.
Option 2: Donate money to a charity that helps fight hunger locally (or globally, if you prefer). Email the amount to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can track our congregation’s impact during the drive. We’ll keep the individual donor names and amounts confidential, we only care about the total donations of food and money to help us gauge the effectiveness of this virtual drive and to allow us to celebrate our combined impact as a community.
If you’re not sure what charity to donate to or how, here are a few suggestions:
The Emergency Food Network provides food and food plant starts to share tables, food pantries, charity farms, and individuals In Pierce County. You can donate through their website here: https://efoodnet.org/ They sometimes ask for help through the mail.
The Tacoma Rescue Mission was the recipient of our Last Friday Sandwiches before the pandemic. They have a long history of sheltering and feeding individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Tacoma. You can donate through their website https://www.trm.org/ They sometimes also ask for help via mail.
Prior to the pandemic, TUUC Volunteers served in the Nativity House Hospitality Kitchen in Hilltop. You can learn more about Nativity House Day Shelter Programs run by Catholic Community Services/Catholic Housing Services and donate to support them financially through the donate button on this page : Nativity House Day Shelter – Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services of Western Washington
Or feel free to pick *any* charity that feeds the hungry and calls to you.
Please don’t forget to tell us about your donation(s) by emailing email@example.com. If you donate anything else to these organizations or tables (time, skills, seeds, blankets, winter clothing, coolers, pet food, etc) we want to hear about that too!
In the fall of 2019, the Social Justice Committee coordinated an Inclusive Family Book Drive. Our TUUC community donated books and money for both TUUC and Mann Elementary School’s libraries. This fall, the Social Justice Committee encourages you to support a Black Lives Matter book drive organized by students at Lincoln High School. Books are placed in Little Free Libraries in East and South Tacoma. You can read about their efforts and pick a book from their King’s Books “wish list.” Let’s fill these students’ backpacks with books that include BIPOC (black, indigenous, or people of color) in the books and support Black Lives Matter principles!
Social Justice Direct Action in Our Community
TUUC Social Justice Committee encourages all our members interested in getting involved with direct action to check out JUUstice Washington <juustwa.org> a UU Action Network. Check out their event calendar and their monthly news updates. For those with Facebook, please check out Tacoma Protest Central <https://www.facebook.com/groups/tacomaresists> for daily info on local events.
On Sunday, December 13, during our Time For All Ages, Nancy talked about a Tiny House Village being constructed in North Tacoma to provide transitional housing to women, couples, and families who are currently experiencing homelessness. The village has 40 Tiny Houses and will accommodate up to 60 people. The project is managed by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and funded by the City of Tacoma.
The next Tiny House Village in Pierce County is in the works and will be built in conjunction with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.
Many people have expressed an interest in getting more information about these projects. Check out these links to learn more.
· The LIHI website
· Tacoma News Tribune article,11/6/2020
· City of Tacoma FAQs about the Tiny House Village