Social Justice at UUCGN

 

Affirming and supporting our Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples (UUCGN) believes that social justice is an expression of our faith.  UUCGN’s Social Justice Committee’s work is grounded in the proposition to right social and environmental injustices.  Our mission is to nurture spirit, hope, love and action for a better world.

We reach inside and beyond our walls and partner with others, to achieve social justice initiatives, raise awareness, and form common cause to fight injustice, intolerance, and inequality.

Our events are open to all and we welcome you. 

 

Some of UUCGN's regular programs are listed below.  The Social Justice Information is located in the Lobby.  It is the hub for  committee activities and needs.  Oftentimes, speakers at the Sunday Forum present on topics related to social justice.  You can view the schedule for Sunday Forum here.

 

Are you looking for ways to engage your passion? 

Here are ways you can get involved.

 

Events and programs are held at UUCGN unless otherwise noted.

Ongoing activities
 

  • Weekend Meals for School Kids Through generous contributions by UUCGN members and friends, volunteers shop, pack, and deliver meals weekly to four local elementary schools for food-insecure children.

  • "Split The Plate" is a monthly offertory split with local non-profit organizations dedicated to social justice in Collier County.

  • Moral Mondays meets second Mondays of the month and as posted at 6:30 PM.  Focus areas for each month are shown below.

  • Social Justice Movies and Sandwiches Series:  Meets third Sundays after the worship service.

  • 5 Calls:  Five minutes once a week right from your home can make a difference with elected officials.

  • Criminal Justice Reform raises awareness of mass incarceration injustices in the U.S. and partners with NAACP and ACLU.

  • LGBTQI Community and being a Welcoming Congregation.  UUCGN's LGBTQIA+ Support Group of SWFL has started meeting to create a safe, supportive, non-confrontational space where those who align themselves within the LGBTQIA+ community of SWFL are encouraged to be themselves.  We celebrate who they are and
    where they are on their journeys.

  • Green Sanctuary and Environmental and Climate Justice.  The team gathers and plans events, such as Earth Day Service, & environmental workshops.  Citizen’s Climate Lobby, www.citizensclimatelobby.org, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that empowers people to become effective advocates for climate solutions.  Each meeting we have a guest speaker (by video) and make plans around outreach opportunities, building relationships with local business, faith, and political leaders, and pursuing media opportunities.  Meetings are held 3rd Thursday at 6:30 pm in Thomas Hall.  

  • Women’s Justice:  Seeks to educate & advocate for women's equality in the law, medicine, & healthcare; in culture; in state & national legislation; and in academia. We advance the cause of Global Human Rights & Justice for Women. 

  • Immigration Advocacy.  For 2019-2022, UUCGN is partnering with Legal Aid Service of Collier County.  We are working with LASCC to define volunteer opportunities with them.  Assists in citizenship information and defends immigrants against unjust policies.

  • Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) for Naples/Collier County meets quarterly at UUCGN, and monthly 1-3PM on third Saturdays at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33901.  SURJ seeks to move white people into accountable action as part of a multi-racial movement through community organizing, mobilizing, and education.​

Fall/Winter 2019

Legal Aid Service of Collier County is looking for volunteers

 

Do you have time to dedicate to volunteering for Legal Aid Service of Collier County, but haven't found a good fit for your skills and available time yet? Maybe you don't speak Creole or Spanish and maybe you don't have any immigration law training.  Would you like to be able to volunteer from your home, daytime, night time, or weekends and at your leisure with the skills you do have?  

Legal Aid Service is looking to increase external funding so that they can hire a Spanish-speaking receptionist for the Immokalee office.  But they need YOU to help scour the internet to find suitable grant opportunities for which they can apply.  They are looking for a volunteer who will read web sites where foundations and grant makers post their award rules and deadlines to find suitable grants.  If you think you could dedicate some time to researching and monitoring web sites where grant information is captured, then this may be the volunteering opportunity for you!  Contact socialjustice@uunaples.org for more information.

Family/Weekend Meals

The FAMILY MEALS program needs your help!  The donation bin in the lobby is available to fill with the following items that will be distributed to needy families. Thanks for pitching in.

Donations are gratefully accepted of the following:  Canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, cans or pouches of tuna & chicken, beans and franks, canned soups, pastas, stews, macaroni and cheese, pasta, cereal, granola bars, sanitary items, laundry soap (small size), toothpaste and toothbrushes.  No glass containers, please.

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