Posts by Social Justice Team

Walks in the Woods

All are welcome to experience these free guided walks to see spring ephemeral wildflowers in bloom. Each walk is led by a naturalist familiar with that nature preserve.Don’t miss these fleeting floral wonders! Mary Alice Masonick
Copper collection plate on a wooden table

4th Quarter Share the Plate

  Beginning April 1, 2024 our Share the Plate recipient will be Centro de Informacion, with offices in Elgin, Carpentersville, and Hanover Park.  Centro is in the National Immigration Legal Services Directory and was awarded a grant from the State of Illinois this year to serve the burgeoning number of Spanish speaking immigrants overflowing the greater Chicagoland area.        All of Centro’s staff are bilingual (Spanish/English).  The agency provides assistance with over a dozen legal immigration issues.  In…

All Peoples Interfaith Pantry

Every donation helps in the fight against hunger – no matter how small or how large.  Ongoing needs are any kind of cereal, 1 lb. bags of rice or pinto beans, 15 oz. cans of vegetables and fruits, and Kraft Dinner. Whatever you are able to contribute is greatly appreciated and can be placed in the hamper in the church entryway.  Thank you for your generosity.              Norm Wilkinson

Safer Cell Phone Use Guide

Environmental Working Group recently published their guide to safer cell phone use. One of the 6 guidelines provided is to limit children’s phone use, because young children’s brains can absorb twice as much cellphone radiation as those of adults.   Here’s the link: If anyone with a color printer can print a few copies for UUCE, please do! Mary Alice Masonick

Tasty Teas Available

New tea varieties have arrived at UUCE. All are Fair Trade and organic.Current choices are Ginger, Turmeric Ginger, Rooibos, Vanilla Rooibos, Peppermint, Chai, Green, Irish Breakfast, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, and Black, ,  If you have any requests for fair trade products, please let me know. Mary Alice Masonick

PADS Update

Dear Friends, Thank you to those who provide and serve lunches to the Elgin PADS shelter.  Go to our PADS Page to sign up. Thank you! Dotty Carringi 

PADS Update

Dear Friends, Thank you to those who provide and serve lunches to the Elgin PADS shelter.  Go to our PADS Page to sign up and to view the Needs List. Thank you! Dotty Carringi

500 Diapers!

Big thanks to all who quickly rounded up the requested supplies during the short window of opportunity.  Kane County Board members had asked for our help collecting specific items for immigrants at the Chicago Migrant Center. In addition to the 500 diapers, numerous feminine hygiene products and pre-wrapped snacks were donated. Delivery of these items to Chicago was scheduled for Wednesday, January 24. Cherryl Strathmann and Vern Tepe, County Board members from Elgin, expressed their gratitude to our congregation. Mary…

Abundance of Fair Trade Products Available!

There are more fair trade products available at UUCE than ever before!  From numerous coffees, several teas, lots of chocolate bars, cocoa, nuts, mango, canned tomatoes, and virgin olive oil.   They are all Fair Trade and the vast majority are organic! They are priced to sell, some at exactly the same price we paid. If you would like me to order additional products, please email me. Current inventory: Organic Coffees (in whole bean and drip grind): Breakfast Blend, French Roast,…

2024 ReUUse Table Refresh

Thank you to everyone who contributed to or benefited from our ReUUse Table in Fellowship Hall since we rolled it out three months ago. Our very own free pop up thrift store encourages us to reduce our carbon footprint and save money, by reusing household items rather than buying new when possible.  As promised, everything that remained at the end of last quarter was donated and we’re starting fresh. Winter clothing items went to Elgin’s Community Crisis Center and Centro…

No Styrofoam Collections

No monthly Styrofoam collections will be held for the foreseeable future. Clean Styrofoam can be dropped off at Chicago Logistics Service, 701 Wesemann Dr., West Dundee (off of IL 72). They take it to the same place we were, Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora. Here are recommendations to reduce waste in order of importance. Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle Mary Alice and Joe Masonick
Copper collection plate on a wooden table

3rd Quarter Share the Plate

Our third quarter (January, February, March) Share the Plate recipient is the Boys and Girls Club. The world is complicated. Helping kids is simple. Today’s kids are navigating complicated issues. They are struggling to recover academically from a global pandemic that derailed their education. They are dealing with systemic barriers and immediate needs, such as poverty and hunger, in their communities every day. They are constantly exposed to pressures from social media.  They are reporting increases in social anxiety, depression and…