Posts by Social Justice Team

PADS Needs

Hello, Friends, The Elgin PADS shelter currently needs the following:  Sugar, napkins, paper towels, powdered coffee creamer, coffee stirrers and cups and toilet paper. You may put these supplies in the collection basket at church near the greeting table. Thank you for your generosity.  Also, if you know of anyone looking for a job, please have them check out the PADS of Elgin job postings on Indeed. Right now, they really need an overnight site coordinator which would be full time.…

PADS Signup for May — Only One Opportunity Left!

Dear Friends, Four awesome volunteers signed up to provide Monday lunches to the Elgin PADS shelter in May. Fortunately, they left one slot open… just for you!Here is the link to sign up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054aaba82ca4fc1-pads10 Thank you. Dotty CarringiUUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have To Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS

4th Sunday Styrofoam Collection May 22

Sunday, May 22, from 11:30am – 12pm Please separate your CLEAN food grade Styrofoam from your packaging Styrofoam and bag as needed.  Styrofoam peanuts are NOT accepted (take to UPS store).  Place your Styrofoam in the Red Prius in the church parking lot. We’ll drive it to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora (open 24/7).  Please try to avoid using Styrofoam because its use is not sustainable. Many people manage to avoid it; indeed, entire countries do without it. Thank you! Mary Alice…

PADS Signup for May

The Elgin PADS Shelter needs 5 volunteers to provide lunches, one for each Monday in May. You may sign up for the entire meal or for one of the three components. Please contact Dotty Carringi for more information.  Here is the link to sign up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054aaba82ca4fc1-pads10
Copper collection plate on a wooden table

Organization for Autism Research

For the month of April, our Share the Plate recipient is the Organization for Autism Research. This organization was thoughtfully chosen by our own Religious Education Youth (12 and up kids). This recipient was chosen to honor April’s Autism Awareness Month. The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) provides scholarships and grants that fund research about autism and resources for self-advocates.  OAR’S MISSION IS TO APPLY RESEARCH TO THE CHALLENGES OF AUTISM.  We strive to use science to address the social, educational, and treatment…

PADS Signup for April

Dear Friends, Here is the link to the PADS Signup for April.  Serving is optional and requires proof of vaccination and wearing of masks. Otherwise, the staff will serve the meal. Feel free to contact me with questions. Thank you. Dotty Carringi UUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have To Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054AABA82CA4FC1-pads9

4th Sunday Styrofoam Collection

Sunday, March 28, from 11:30am – 12pm Please separate your CLEAN food grade Styrofoam from your packaging Styrofoam and bag as needed.  Styrofoam peanuts are NOT accepted (take to UPS store).  Place your Styrofoam in the Red Prius in the church parking lot. We’ll drive it to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora (open 24/7).  Please try to avoid using Styrofoam because its use is not sustainable. Many people manage to avoid it; indeed, entire countries do without it. Thank you! Mary Alice…

PADS

Hello, Friends, There are two opportunities in March for donating lunches and/or serving at the PADS shelter — Monday, March 7 and Monday, March 21. The number of lunches needed is now 30. Please consider donating lunches, and/or serving those lunches.  Serving has been one of the most satisfying experiences for me, as we interact first hand with the guests we are helping to feed. The only requirement is that we show proof of vaccination and wear masks. Thank you to…

PADS

Dear Friends, Here is the link to the PADS signup for March.  Volunteers with proof of vaccination are allowed to serve the lunches. However, if you prefer, the staff will do the serving. Feel free to contact me with questions. Thank you. Dotty Carringi UUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835“Homeless Doesn’t Have to Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS UUCE PADS Lunch Group: PADS Lunch Signup for March (signupgenius.com)
Copper collection plate on a wooden table

Share the Plate

This month, The Community Crisis Center is the chosen recipient of our Share The Plate donations.  I talked to Kim Cecil, a long-time friend and former member of UUCE, who has just moved back to Elgin to accept a position on the staff of CCC as Director of Client Services. The Community Crisis Center, located in Elgin, was founded by a group of dedicated volunteers to meet the needs of individuals and families impacted by crisis and violence in the…

Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection

January 23 from 12:00 to 12:30 pm Please separate your CLEAN food grade Styrofoam from your packaging Styrofoam and bag as needed.  Styrofoam peanuts are NOT accepted (take to UPS store).  Place your Styrofoam in the Prius in the church parking lot. We’ll drive it to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora (open 24/7).  Please try to avoid using Styrofoam because its use is not sustainable. Many people manage to avoid it; indeed, entire countries do without it. Thank you! Mary Alice Masonick
Copper collection plate on a wooden table

Faith in Place

Our Share the Plate recipient for the month of January is Faith in Place. Faith in Place empowers people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities.   Diverse people of all faiths sharing the commitment to care for the Earth. We recognize and honor all indigenous peoples who once inhabited this land we now call Illinois and lift up the voices of people of color to fight for…