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“Tell me, what will you do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

There are many ways to contribute your unique skills and talents here at University Unitarian Church! Explore the opportunities for using your gifts and interests to get involved in UUC. Once you have found a volunteer opportunity, we have a Volunteer Resources Page where you can find some tips and tools that may be helpful.

Teacher Reading to KidsReligious Education

Does teaching or mentoring children or youth feed your soul?  Many people tell us that working with children or youth gives them hope for the future. You might consider volunteering in our Religious Education classes or being a mentor for our ninth grade Coming of Age Program. Contact Melody Moberg for more information or to volunteer.

Perhaps you have a skill or passion that you would like to share with other adults in our community. You might consider proposing to offer an adult education class. Contact Sharla Wipplinger.

Committees

What ministry of the church do you want to help nurture? If you have the time and commitment to action that can help drive committees of individuals drawn to a facet of UUC’s vision and ministries, you might be drawn to a program steering committee, a Social Justice group, or our Care Ministries or Memorial Reception teams, for example. For information on our Social Justice groups contact Rev. Beth Chronister and explore the Social Justice tab. For information about other committees, contact Sharla Wipplinger.

Art Committee

The Art Committee is responsible for jurying works for the ever-changing exhibits in UUC’s Gilmartin Gallery and the chapel. The committee chooses the artist(s) and hangs the monthly shows. Committee members also participate in a reception for the artists and the sale of the art, a portion of which benefits the church. If you are interested in participating in the annual UUC members art show, download the information and entry form here. University Unitarian Church Art Committee Members Show Criteria

Contact: Co-Chairs, Beth de la Fuente and Pam Belcher.

Caring Shawls Knitting/Crocheting Group

See our Small Groups page.

Helping Hands

young hand in old handThe Helping Hands Ministry provides occasional rides and meals for people who need a little extra help. You can ask for a helping hand whether you are ill, have surgery, maybe a care-giver needs a vacation, or for a happy occasion like having a baby! Volunteering for Helping Hands is an easy way to show you care. Contact: Helping Hands if you need a helping hand or for information on how you can lend a helping hand. We’ll forward your request to either our rides or our meals coordinator. Each maintains a list of willing and able volunteers.

We also want to match drivers who could add a passenger (either occasionally or regularly) when driving to and from church. Would you contact us if this is something you would like to do?

January 2017: Please note that we found a software error in Helping Hands that might have eliminated messages without our knowledge during the last couple of months. Service has been restored and we ask you to re-contact us, if you didn’t hear back.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee focuses on several areas of congregational life, such as Membership Exploration classes, welcoming new members, assisting new members in finding their places within our community, and community building activities and events.

Contact: Sharla Wipplinger if you are interested in joining the Membership Committee or would like more information.

The Memorial Reception Committee

The Memorial Reception Committee provides a place for the friends and family members who have a memorial service at the church to remain after the service and have additional time together. We arrange small tables, simple decorations, and prepare and serve coffee, tea, punch, and cookies, provided by the church. Additional foods and/or beverages may be provided and served by family.

Contact: the church office.

Partner Church Committee

This group promotes ties with our sister Unitarian church in Alsorakos, Romania and organizes fundraising drives to assist our fellow Unitarians. The UUC Partner Church Committee promotes friendship and learning about our shared heritage; offers support for projects the Alsorakos congregation wants to pursue; organizes pilgrimages to Transylvania; and encourages cultural exchange and travel between Alsorakos and University Unitarian Church members. In late September 2015, the next UUC Congregational Pilgrimage group will travel to Transylvania.

Contact: Rhonda Peterson.

Enter Rejoice Come InWelcoming and Hospitality

Sunday hospitality teams include ushers, greeters, coffee service, and office volunteers. Working together, they create an intentional climate of warmth and welcome for all who come through the doors at UUC.

Coffee Crew

Contact: Co-Chairs, Rhonda Peterson and Jan Eisenhardt.

Center (Snacks) Table

Contact: Co-Chairs Sarah & Mike Walker

Sign up to bring food for the center table.

Greeters

Contact: Co-Chairs Katie Graham and Dan Lathrop

Ushers

Contact: Co-Chairs Rebecca DiNino and Eric Valpey

Sunday Office Volunteers

Contact: Chair, Sallie Dacey

Bookstore

Help church community members access resources and opportunities for growth and make our bookstore a friendly spot to hang out on Sunday mornings. Call the church office or email the Chair, Cindy Fuller.

Sunday Sound System Audio Crew

Volunteer one Sunday per month recording services in the chapel. Experience not necessary; we’ll provide training. Contact Chair, Erik Miller-Klein.

General Information About Sunday Welcoming & Hospitality

Contact: Sunday Welcoming Co-Chairs, Kathy Slattengren and Ellen MacLachlan Visit  Sunday Welcoming 2016-2017 Church Year Sign Up  to sign up for volunteer shifts.

Small Groups

Participating in a small group is a wonderful way to get that small church feeling and still enjoy the benefits of being part of a large church community! View our Small Groups.