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.
February 23 at the Cabaret and February 24 at services – “Foodraiser”
This Serving Together project is a “foodraiser”. We hope you’ll bring one or two of items below to the Cabaret on Saturday, February 23, 7pm, and/or to the service on Sunday, February 24, as we bid Rev. Kären farewell and thank her for her time and social justice work with us.
Items for the Foodraiser include:
- Juice Boxes all kinds
- 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
December – Holiday Gifts and Gift Cards for the Children of Beacon House and La Clinica Del Pueblo. This December and every December, RRUUC families have contributed gifts to be given to the children of La Clinica del Pueblo and Beacon House at their holiday parties. Often these are the best gifts these children receive. Your generosity helped brighten the lives of others during the holiday season!
November – From Our Thanksgiving Table to Another: Serving Together Thanksgiving Dinner for 50 Families
October – Rise Against Hunger
September – Children’s Book Collection for our Community Box
The children’s books we put in our Community Book Box were going like hotcakes! We collected children’s books to help meet our neighbor’s demands to read them.
August – Animal Ministry Team, Pawsitively Helping Shelter Pets
June & July – Food Drives for South Lake Elementary School, Gaithersburg
A thousand thank yous to generous folks who contributed snacks and meals for South Lake Elementary School. 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.
Congregants stuffed Rev. Nancy’s office with bags of needed food, then delivered it all to the school where approximately 500 children participated in the school’s summer school program. Every juice box, granola bar and well, everything, went directly to the children.
The Food Drive is a continuation of our relationship with South Lake. In 2015, River Road and the school 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.
May- Little Free Library and Community Box
For our May project, we built two, yes two boxes (like large mailboxes) and installed them on our grounds near the entrance. Both of these boxes offer items to our community. One box is a Little Free Library (see littlefreelibrary.org) and the matching box is filled with non-perishable food to offer our neighbors in need. This is an ongoing community effort and there is 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 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.
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!
Have a project you think might be a great fit for Serving Together?
Contact Rev. Kären.