The Community Service Action Group's mission is to provide tangible support to local people in need, including feeding the hungry, providing food, housing the homeless, and seasonal help to families in need.
UUCDC's Task Force on Hunger prepares and serves dinner for approximately 150 homeless individuals at the Life Center Shelter in Upper Darby on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Volunteers are needed to purchase and prepare food items in advance, and also to serve the dinner. This project allows members and friends to experience hands-on social service, to realize how connected we are to each other and how close we live to those who really need our help. It gives us the opportunity to bond and build within our own congregation while serving those in need. View our slide show to see some of the variety of service opportunities available.
To sign up as a food server, please contact Barb or Don Keckler. If you would like to donate and/or prepare food items at home year round, or help the tuna salad prep team during the spring and summer months, please contact Joan Pelc. If you would like to shop and collect food donations from local stores, please contact Lori Rice-Spring. Monetary contributions are also needed and can be made through the church office or online with a bank transfer.
Since August 2008, friends and members of UUCDC have been helping the Media Food Bank, located at the First United Methodist Church at Lemon & State Road. The food bank serves 45 to 50 families every week, and the number is growing rapidly, as much as 30% in some areas.
UUCDC supplies food and financial support throughout the year. A variety of activities and events, including the annual fall concert by volunteer musicians and church members, raises substantial funds in support of this important resource in Media. Coming of Age youth and Justice team members are also involved in the production of the Food Bank Benefit Concert. Food items are collected every Sunday in the church lobby's Food Bank box. Please help UUCDC increase the amount we bring to the Food Bank each Sunday, by bringing a contribution of peanut butter, grape jelly, canned veggies & fruits, soups, pasta, sauces, rice, pasta & rice side dishes, paper goods, shampoos, etc. More items from each of you, our congregants and friends, would mean so much these desperate families. Monetary contributions are also needed and can be made through the church office or online with a bank transfer. Contact Jean Taranta
Our children and youth help prepare food for distribution for our Task Force on Hunger and collect money for the UUSC’s Guest at Your Table program. Classes send Valentine’s cards to local businessmen who sell fair trade products and provide canned food for the Media Food Bank. The annual Easter Can Hunt held at church also brings in more food for the Food Bank. Adults are needed to help with this project. Contact Erica Shadowsong
Many people in our community are without the resources to sustain a healthy diet. For example, nearly 45 percent of Chester residents are classified as “food insecure.” Our little group working on the church’s Garden for the Community learned a few lessons over past summers. For one, never, never underestimate what neighborhood deer are willing to eat (basically anything), so now we have our garden plots protected by fencing. We have a healthy strawberry patch, which has lots of fruit in the spring, and we're looking forward to new apple trees. We have fun and harvest hundreds of pounds of fruit and vegetables, which are delivered to City Team Ministries in Chester and the Media Food Bank. We hope that you'll join us for prep, planting, care and harvesting. This year we expect to have even more to give to our neighbors in need. Contact Skip Seelaus
Founded by members of UUCDC in 1978, this nonprofit organization teaches a six-step decision-making course to prisoners in Delaware County. Volunteers teach inmates, or "clients", how to define situations, set goals, develop possibilities for reaching their goals, evaluate these, decide on a course of action, and to stay focused until their goals are achieved. Thresholds is based on the belief that the image a person holds of him/herself in relation to society strongly influences his/her actions. By learning to solve problems and make better decisions, a person can raise his/her self-esteem. This enables an inmate to be a more productive individual upon returning to the community and significantly reduces recidivism. Contact Fran Battista
Each fall UUCDC requests information from by the County Child Welfare Agency regarding families in need. UUCDC brightens the lives of some families known by the County Child Welfare Agency by providing gifts and food for their holiday season. We need assistance organizing the gift donations, gift wrapping, and shopping. Our volunteers donate items as well as collect and distribute them. Additional monetary donations may be made through the church office or online with a bank transfer in support of this support this program. Contact Marge Caton
In existence since 1979, the Rose Tree Day School, located in the lower level of the church, offers a morning and full day pre-school program to children 2 to 6 years old. The staff provides a loving, stimulating and healthy environment for all children, including those with special needs, at a low cost. The school is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:45 PM with a full-year program available. The Day School is licensed by the Department of Public Welfare for the State of Pennsylvania, and falls under our 501(c)3 status as a non-profit organization. It is also accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
In the Day School the Purposes and Principles of UUCDC are an integral part of the curriculum. Children are taught to respect one another as well as people of different races, creeds, etc. They learn to appreciate and protect our planet. Children are involved in projects that encourage them to value peace, liberty and justice for all people and to respect the democratic process.