Our River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation “Serving Together” projects are in full swing. The goal of Serving Together is to create monthly multigenerational service projects where we enjoy fellowship together and serve the community at the same time. We work together in community to take our values out to those around us.


June & July

Let’s Stuff Rev. Nancy’s Office While She’s on Sabbatical!   

For our June and July Serving Together Project, we’re going to hold The Mother of All Food Drives for South Lake Elementary School!

** In 2015, River Road and South Lake Elementary in Gaithersburg, Maryland, began a partnership that resulted in the first subsidized after-school program for elementary school students in Montgomery County. Birthed through Action in Montgomery’s organizing, Excel Beyond the Bell began with a handful of teachers, a dozen River Road volunteers and one single week of programming.  

** With over 85% of the kids at South Lake receiving free and reduced lunches, South Lake is not just one of the poorer schools in Montgomery County – it is also one of the most vibrant.  

** Rev. Kären has been in contact with South Lake and they have a summer school program in July and August for about 500 kids. But guess what, there are so many kids registered that don’t have enough food to eat for this summer program.

** So we’re going to hold Mother of All Food Drives for the months of June and July, stuff Nancy’s office to the gills with bags of needed food, and make trips to the school and deliver it all to them. And we’ll keep giving them the food they need until they cry uncle.

I made handy dandy shopping list for us to use.  Let’s stuff Nancy’s office!!

Shopping list for South Lake Elementary School

Juice Boxes
Beanee weenee
Single serving soups
White chicken in water
Fruit cups- single servings
Applesauce- single serving
Animal crackers bag
Ramen soups
Small cereal boxes
Popcorn bags
Mac and cheese boxes and single servings
Any kind of Nutrigrain or trail bars
Small bags of rice
Small bags of pasta
Packages of crackers and cheese or crackers and peanut butter

May- Little Free Library

For our May project, we are building two, yes two boxes (like large mailboxes) to be installed on our grounds near the entrance. Both of these boxes will be to offer items to our community. One box will be a Little Free Library (see littlefreelibrary.org) and the matching box will filled with non-perishable food to offer our neighbors in need. This is an ongoing community effort and there will be a box labeled Serving Together in the lobby. We will continually collect any kind of trail mix bars, juice boxes, single serving applesauce or fruit cups and single serving Mac and Cheese. We need your help to keep the box filled!




March 11 – Rise Against Hunger

We our kicked off our Serving Together project by working with Rise Against Hunger.

175 volunteers!  20,888 meals!  In 3 Hours We Did It! 

We put our values and muscles into action Sunday, March 11.  Over 175 volunteers carried large bags of rice and soy, sorted, weighed, measured, filled, sealed and packed 20,888 meals Rise Against Hunger.   From 12:30 to 3:30pm, our Sanctuary was filled with laughter, singing, kids ringing gongs, and, rumor has it, even some dancing. Newcomers, long time members, kids, teens and a smorgasbord of adults of all ages worked together to make a huge difference in the world by preparing meals to feed those in need.  A shout out to all volunteers and RRUUC staff, and to our Youth for providing lunch.  This was truly something special – a time of generosity, fun and service. We did it together! need.  All the meals we packed were shipped to Malawi, Africa, one of the poorest countries in the world. Mark your calendars for 14 October when we will do this together again!

April 15, 2018 –  Collaborative Painting Project

We splashed and dabbled, created circles and swirls! On Sunday, 15 April we came together as a community to create some fabulous art together. All ages joined us in the Fellowship Hall as we created two original pieces. With no preconceived notions and some gentle guidance from artist Shari MacFarlane, we let our imaginations flow. The banner will be kept here at RRUUC and used in many different settings. The smaller piece will be donated as a gift from us to a yet named local organization. Thank you for your help; it was a fun and meaningful time!   Stayed tuned for another kind of art project together in November.



Watch for these upcoming Serving Together Opportunities:


August – We will be partnering with the RRUUC Animal Ministry to provide the Montgomery Animal Shelter with much needed food and materials to support their good work in the community.

Have a project you think might be a great fit for Serving Together?

Contact Rev. Kären.