Social Generosity Offering: October 2022

SAVE THE DATE A representative from the Ain Dah Yung Center will be visiting UUCM on Sunday, October 16 to share during the offering and answer questions after the service.


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Meaning “Our Home” in Ojibwe, the Ain Dah Yung Center (ADYC) provides a healing place within the community for American Indian youth and families to thrive in safety and wholeness. They offer seven overarching programs including emergency shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing, culturally responsive after school programming and safe harbor services. Watch the two videos below and visit adycenter.org to learn more.

  • This video introduces the ADYC staff and shares more about their current programming.
  • This two-minutes slideshow provides music, text and pictures about ADYC.

How to Donate: You can donate online using a credit card at bit.ly/giveuucm. You may also mail a contribution to UUCM at 2030 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata MN 55391. Simply make your check out to “UUCM” with “Social Generosity” in the memo line.

West Metro Candidate Forum

October 6 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth
REGISTER HERE
The best way to bring more affordable housing to Minnesota is creating relationships. Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative (of which UUCM is a member) is doing a series of candidate forums around the state to create and build these important and strategic relationships. On Thursday, October 6 at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth, we are inviting all candidates for Senate districts 42 and 45 and House districts 42A and 45A, focusing on races where neither candidate is an incumbent in the office for which they are running.

A major topic for discussion at the forum will be the desperate need for rent support. Over 500,000 Minnesotans pay more than 30% of their monthly income in rent. Tens of thousands will wait 5-7 years to receive a federal rent voucher. The critical lack of rent subsidies is also one of the biggest barriers to building more deeply affordable housing. To address this problem, Beacon has introduced a bill called “Bring it Home, Minnesota,” which would create a state rent support program. We will be interested to learn how candidates would vote on this bill and their specific plan to reduce housing insecurity and homelessness in our community.

UUCM Social Justice Facilitator and member, Mike Elliott, will also be speaking at the event! Please join us as we come together to hold our candidates accountable for providing more affordable housing in the state. Click here to register.

 

Update on the Guatemalan Family + How You Can Help

Thank You for the donations of fans, bed sheets, curtains and rods from UUCM and Michael Servetus Unitarian Society.  The family is especially grateful for room darkening curtains in their bedrooms. Additional items that would be of great help:

  • Laptop computer for the family.
  • Dental Care. Please let Kate Flom at kflom209@gmail.com know of any connections to dentists that do sliding fee or free dental care for the family.
  • Walmart gift cards
  • Monetary donations toward groceries and clothes/footwear for colder weather. Team members from both congregations take family members on monthly trips to Walmart, and are planning a trip with them to purchase needed clothes and shoes.
    • For financial donations please go to http://bit.ly/giveuucm and put UUSC Family in the NEW Special Donation Campaigns memo line or send a check to UUCM with UUSC Family in the memo line. You can also place checks and gift cards in the secure box by the office, or donate during the October 9 special offering collection at church. 
  • Volunteers to  help transport the family to appointments and other needs that arise.

SAVE THE DATE Join us on Sunday, October 9 to meet this incredible family and hear more about the organizations working hard to reunite families. They will attend the joint worship service at  UUCM with Michael Servetus.

Questions? Contact Lori Arnold loriwarnold10@gmail.com. Thank you for your continued support!

Social Generosity Offering: September 2022

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PNHP Minnesota is the Minnesota branch of Physicians for a National Health Program (over 12,000 members) whose purpose is to establish universal single payer health care in MN and in the United States. Their primary purpose is to educated health care workers and the general public about the importance of M4A (Medicare for All Program). Donations will help organize physicians, health professionals, and the public in support of this healthcare reform. UUCM member, Dr. John Crosson shares more details on current progress below. Continue reading →

Social Generosity Offering: July/August 2022

Each month, UUCM gives away the full amount of its offering to an organization doing the work for love, equity, and justice in our world.

We welcome you to view these two videos detailing Avenues’ work:
About Avenues for Youth
ConneQT: a video about Avenues’ LGBTQ in-home host program.


avenues-for-youth-blog-003For 25 years, Avenues for Youth has supported youth ages 16-24 in Hennepin County. Whether a young person needs someplace to stay for just one night, or a year and a half, Avenues empowers youth to find their path out of homelessness. They do this by providing a stable home, building trusting relationships, and navigating the youth’s education, career, health and wellness and housing goals. Avenues for Youth operates 2 transitional and long-term living shelters as well as 3 community-based programs, notably including ConneQT, the LGBTQ+ in-home hosting model that pairs vulnerable youth with culturally-sensitive families. Learn more at avenuesforyouth.org.

How to Donate: You can donate online using a credit card at bit.ly/giveuucm. You may also mail a contribution to UUCM at 2030 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata MN 55391. Simply make your check out to “UUCM” with “Social Generosity” in the memo line.