In times of need, OCUUC and its members give tangible support to the needs of others. We divide half of the loose plate collected on Sundays to many different non-profits and communities in need. These organizations do great work in Orange County and beyond and we are proud to partner with them. If you are a Member or Friend of OCUUC, you may nominate a worthy organization by submitting this form.
Making a difference—
As the highly successful 50-50-50 Project drew to a close in 2006, the Community Services Committee evolved. Since then our church has expressed its desire to continue to assist deserving community organizations and programs. To date, more than 60 recipients have shared in our Sunday collections, receiving some $60,000. Each recipient has been nominated by a member of our congregation. We act to further the Faith-in-Action goal “…of service and outreach that makes OCUUC visible and respected in Orange County…”
There are numerous opportunities to help make a difference in peoples’ lives. The Community Service Committee seeks your nominations of non-profit organizations or programs that will benefit from our participation. If you would like to make a nomination or if you would like to serve on the Community Service Committee, see Kathleen McFarlin or Maurice Giss.
— in the lives of others.
December Plate Share Recipient
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, Costa Mesa, has been serving more than 300 meals per day, seven days a week, for the last 25 years. On Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, the Soup Kitchen provides a special meal and celebration to over 500 people; most of them are “first-timers”. The Kitchen serves the homeless, unemployed, mentally challenged, physically disabled and senior citizens driven by the belief that no one should go to bed hungry. In addition to serving fresh well balanced meals in a friendly non-threatening atmosphere, a Tutoring Program assists local children from kindergarten to 3rd grade in advancing their education. Each child takes home a snack for the evening. Located about one and a half miles from OCUUC, on 19th Street, Someone Cares needs volunteers. For additional information contact Executive Director Shannon Santos at (949) 548-8861. This organization received our help three years ago but, the dilemma of hunger continues. This grass-roots program just keeps on going as it meets real needs every day.
Maurice Giss, Community Service Committee
November 2013: Build Futures assists youth ages 18 – 24 as they move from surviving on the streets to self-sufficiency through a structured, step-by-step program of intervention grounded in consistency, compassion and one-on-one supportive relationships. A critical component of the program includes working collaboratively with existing non-profit organizations; community services, faith based organizations, educational institutions and volunteers to help close the gap in the service continuum and connect youth with the support they need to become contributing members of our community. In Orange County alone, it is estimated that there are over 5,400 homeless high school students. Without help, many of them are destined to become the chronically homeless. Build Futures is passionate about their aim to end homelessness. For information or to volunteer, contact Executive Director Kathy Tillotson at (714) 907-7358 or e-mail: KathyBuildFuturesorg.
How many lives have been touched by the painless sharing of our Sunday offerings? There are so many other chances to support worthy causes. All nominations of recipients come from our church community. The Community Services Committee invites you to identify deserving programs. For assistance with a nomination, contact Kathleen McFarlin Ted Lundholm or Maurice Giss.
October 2013: $682 went to the UU Mountain Desert District (MDD) Emergency Relief Fund to assist individuals with the clean up and recovery from damage left by flooding in Colorado and New Mexico.
September 2013: First Book-Orange County, received $850 of our shared offertory to assist their efforts to bring books to young people living in poverty.
August 2013 Recipient of church funds: “Deepening your Faith, Growing your Spirit” is the theme for the Young Adult Camp at deBenneville Pines. These young adults are the future of our denomination and to assist those who need a little financial help is an appropriate way to continue to build our congregation.
July 2013 Recipient of church Funds: The LightHouse Ministry & Outreach, a member of the Costa Mesa “Interfaith Council”, serving the needs of the hungry and homeless received a check for $589.
June 2013 Recipient of Church Funds: OCUUC Youth have been chosen as this month’s recipients of one-half of our Sunday offertory to purchase a laptop computer. Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED Talks) curriculum will be utilized in Religious Education classes after a successful trial run last summer.
May 2013 Recipient of Church Funds: Nana’s Kidz, a program of Grandma’s House of Hope, provides weekend and summer nutritional support for children living in motels in Orange County.
April 2013 Recipient of Church Funds: We collected $650 to support The Best Day Foundation, which helps children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun, adventure activities like surfing, body boarding, kayaking and more.
March 2013 Recipient of Church Funds: We collected $901 for Stand Up For Kids, to assist them with their work to end the cycle of youth homelessness.
February 2013 Recipient of Church Funds: The “Unitarian Universalists at UCI” is a newly created student organization sponsored by Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church.
January 2013 Recipient of Church Funds: We collected $367 to assist the program goals of Teaching, Helping, Inspiring, & Nurturing Kids (THINK Together) serving students at 67 Orange County school sites with extended learning programs in Costa Mesa, Orange, Tustin, and Santa Ana.
December 2012 Recipient of Church Funds: Hurricane Sandy caused wide-spread devastation along the Mid-Atlantic coast in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and as far as eastern Ohio. Several of the Central East Regional Group of UU Churches (CERG) and their congregations are dealing with personal property losses due to wind and water.
November 2012 Recipient of Church Funds: We collected $569 to assist SPIN, Serving People In Need, in its work with Orange county’s homeless, poor families and individuals to permanent housing, substance abuse recovery and self-sufficiency.
Over the past six years, some 70+ deserving non-profit organizations have been identified and designated the recipients of one-half of the Sunday collections. We have been able to benefit the lives of many worthwhile and deserving causes. Recently, it was pointed-out that a number of the members of our congregation do more than just give money. They take a “hands-on” approach and work to help programs in a variety of ways.
From time to time, visitors and members at OCUUC ask about getting involved with community outreach and volunteering to be of service to others. To this end, we would like to be able to provide a listing of possible service opportunities and to be able to refer those interested to members of our congregation who are already acting in “hands-on” efforts helping to meet real community needs. Please let us know what you are doing, where you are volunteering… with young people/old people, health and nutrition, the homeless, education, addiction, the arts, the environment, political action or any activity where others may join you so they might benefit from the great rewards that are derived from being of service. Your Community Service Committee continues to seek to identify non-profit groups who can use our financial assistance and now we would like to be able to help by providing a guide for volunteerism.