Social Action Opportunities
Bedford Community Table
Every other month, First Parish prepares and serves about 60 dinners for the Bedford Community Table. A hearty crew helps cook and serve and RE kids and parents come to do the cleanup.
Contact: Merc Kane (781-275-0155)
Bedford Council on Aging (C.O.A.)
Opportunities to shop for house bound elders, visit elders in their homes, deliver lunches, drive elders to medical appointments, tutor computer skills, help with insurance concerns, and more.
Contact Donna Argon (781-275-8682)
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat operates locally, nationally and internationally to provide affordable housing to low income families. Bedford has just begun work on a project to provide affordable homes to 8 families. We work in partnership with other churches in our community volunteering our time and energy to make this project a success. You don't have to be a builder. There are many jobs and many opportunities to help. If you are interested in finding out how your skills can be utilized please contact Lee Vorderer (781-275-5230) or Diana Finer (781-275-7927)
Lowell Transitional Living Center Program
Opportunity to serve meals to LTLC clients once monthly; to provide tutoring and participate in fund-raising and awareness events. Bedford's proximity to the Center gives us the opportunity to serve dinner there on the fourth Thursday of each month. We usually carpool. Another way to help is by participating in the Wish-List Tree project during the Christmas season. New ideas for projects are greatly appreciated.
Fourth Thursday of each month
Contact Sandy Ferreira (978) 453-0049
NAMI is a nonprofit, self-help, support and advocacy organization for consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses and persistent mental illnesses. Volunteers provide education and support, combat stigma, support increased funding for research, and advocate for adequate health insurance, housing, rehabilitation , and jobs for peoples with mental illnesses and their families.
Contact: Nancy Willett (781-275-5133)
Peace and Justice Action Group
This group has identified four issues of common concern:
The group addresses these issues by conducting letter writing campaigns, linking with area social justice groups and hosting a monthly film series. The group also continues to promote fair trade by selling Equal Exchange products during coffee hour.
- The Iraq War and peacekeeping,
- Stopping torture,
- Living Wage issues and
- Clean elections
Contact Joe Pompei (978-667-4543)
Task Force on Global Warming
This group is focusing attention on six projects related to environmental and climate change issues and encourages volunteer participation. The projects include
Contact: Margot Fleischman
- Striving to become a "Green Sanctuary" certified through the UU Ministry for the Earth;
- Sponsoring long term efforts to limit the use of cars;
- Developing religious education activities for youth and adults
- Developing resources to support change
- Creating worship opportunities and fostering spiritual connection to the Earth and
- Supporting efforts to live sustainably.
UU Mass Action Network
The vision is "to connect social actions among congregations and create an influential moral voice in Massachusetts". Their website, http://www.uumassaction.org lists many opportunities for and gives a way to connect with the social actions of other UU congregations. Nancy Banks is the executive director.
Contact: Diana Finer (781-275-7927)
UU Partner Church Program
The purpose of the Partner Church Committee is to support the relationship between First Parish in Bedford and our partner church in Abasfalva, Transylvania in whatever way best meets the needs of the villagers. As we move into the 2007-2008 church year, the Partner Church committee will be raising funds to share in the costs of painting and repairing sections of the church in the village. The cost of this project will be shared between the members of the Abasfalva Association, of which First Parish is one. It may be that we help to run a summer camp again next summer (2008), and will therefore begin to raise funds to help with that project. When we did this the last time, it amounted to sponsoring individual children for the camp experience.
Contact: Sarah Dorer, Chair, Partner Church committee
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
UUSC is a cutting-edge human rights organization with four program priorities:
UUSC offers opportunities for personal engagement in all these issues, as well as work camps that give first-hand experiences in the US and world-wide. First Parishioners of all ages have participated in UUSC initiatives in fair-trade coffee and chocolate, as well as the rebuilding of New Orleans. Because UUSC's headquarters are in Central Square, Cambridge, we have unique access.
- economic justice, including issues of globalization and living wages;
- civil liberties;
- environmental justice, especially the right to water; and the
- human rights consequences of natural and man-made disasters, such as the Asian tsunami, the Gulf Coast hurricanes and wars, such as that in Darfur.
Contact: John Gibbons
UU Urban Ministry
This group fosters an ongoing relationship between First Parish and the UU Urban Ministry in Roxbury, which provides education, service, and advocacy for underprivileged populations in Boston. The team encourages active participation by parishioners in a variety of UUUM programs. Volunteer opportunities are available in both ongoing programs and one time events, including
Contact: Ann Williams
- Rice Sticks and Tea (a culturally sensitive food pantry for immigrant and refugee Asian families);
- Renewal House (a shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence);
- Roxbury Youth Programs (tutoring, leadership, and recreational activities for youth from elementary school through high school);
- Stand High Stand United (a weekend enrichment program for youth ages 7-15); and
- United Souls (a support group for men facing incarceration, currently incarcerated, or recently released.)
To update or add your name and organization, please leave a note in the
Social Responsibility Council mailbox or email us at : SRC@uubedford.org