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  • What touches one affects us all. Can you help? July 13, 2018

    The Sanctuary Movement Team shares the following information from the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition about one member of the Athens immigrant community:

    Angela lives with her three children:  a fourteen-year-old boy, a ten-year-old girl, and an eight-year-old boy.  Angela’s husband was deported, and she has only been able to work part time because her daughter  is autistic and not in school for the summer. She also had a benign tumor removed from her wrist a couple of weeks ago. Community Support paid the rent for July,  but she does not have money for August.

    This family was escaping from El Salvador after an eldest son disappeared in the hands of a gang.

    The family has been living for the past year in a  small trailer with another family.  Angela is reaching out for help to move her family on her own space.
    Can you help in any way?
    • Specific items are needed for the kids:  fluffy toy for the girl, sports shirt for the fourteen–year-old boy, and tennis shoes for the eight-year-old boy (he likes Adidas)
    • Financial help is needed for monthly expenses.  Please put ISC Buddy Support in any checks you write.

    Questions?  Contact Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com or 706.546.5237).

    The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster.

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  • July 13: Join the fight for Immigrant Rights! July 17, 2018

    The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team (SMT) invites you to join Dignidad Inmigrante En Athens (DIA) for a training on Friday, July 13, at Oconee Street United Methodist Church, 595 Oconee Street.

    Deepen your commitment to immigrant rights in Athens.  Led by the migrant community this is your opportunity to join the movement and help shape Athens history. At this training you’ll learn how YOUR unique skills and personality can make a huge difference in OUR movement.

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  • July 23: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition July 12, 2018

    You are invited to the next meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held on Monday, July 23, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Oconee Street UMC.

    The Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, comprised of members of some 15+ faith communities serving the Athens area, is dedicated to offering hospitality, safety, and opportunities for all immigrants, regardless of status, to participate fully in our shared community.

    For further information, contact UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team member Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com).

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  • Save the Date-August 12: PARES Ice Cream Social July 12, 2018

    Participating in PARES already?
    Planning on participating in PARES this program year?

    Wanting to know more about what PARES (Partnership with Alps Road Elementary School) is?

    Attend the PARES Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

    For further information, contact Caryl Sundland (csundland@aol.com or 706.425.8575).

    PARES is a congregation-wide initiative sponsored by the UUFA Justice Cluster.

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  • July 19 and 20: Our Daily Bread July 12, 2018

    What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, July 19, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, July 20, from 11:30 to 1 to serve the meal. Interested? Questions? Contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798).

    Our Daily Bread Community Kitchen serves breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday and a sack meal on the weekends. Annually, this program provides more than 60,000 nutritious meals with gracious hospitality to men, women, and children in need and offers a gateway to other transformational services. Partnering with more than 70 volunteer groups. Our Daily Bread in Athens has served meals seven days per week, 365 days per year since 1989.

    Questions? Contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798).

    Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster.

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  • July 22: Smart Lunch Smart Kids Sandwich Making and Lunch Assembly July 17, 2018
    YoUU are invited to be part of the Smart Lunch Smart Kid sandwich making and lunch assembling on Sunday, July 22, beginning at noon-ish in the kitchen and Fellowship Hall as we make 200 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches lunches for the Smart Lunch Smart Kid program, which provides summer lunches to students who traditionally receive free and reduced-lunches during the school year.
    Contributions needed: 
    grape jelly–enough for 100 servings
    peanut butter–enough for 100 servings
    individual fruit snacks (fresh fruit, dried fruit, fruit chips, apple sauce, fruit cups)–enough for 50 servings
    Help needed on Monday, July 23, to deliver the lunches between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. to the Milledge Avenue Baptist Church. Not a fan of “cooking”?  Monetary contributions are always need.  Please put Smart Lunch Smart Kid in the check memo line.
    For further information, contact Caryl Sundland (csundland@aol.com).
    This summer initiative is sponsored by the Social Action Committee (SAC), part of the UUFA Justice Cluster.
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  • July 15: Smart Lunch Smart Kids Sandwich Making and Lunch Assembly July 17, 2018
    YoUU are invited to be part of the Smart Lunch Smart Kid sandwich making and lunch assembling on Sunday, July 15, beginning at noon-ish in the kitchen and Fellowship Hall as we make 200 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches lunches for the Smart Lunch Smart Kid program, which provides summer lunches to students who traditionally receive free and reduced-lunches during the school year.
    Contributions needed:  peanut butter, grape jelly, individually wrapped salty snacks (pretzels, trail mix, cheese crackers, peanut butter crackers, veggie chips, etc);individual fruit snacks (fresh fruit, dried fruit, fruit chips, apple sauce, fruit cups)
    Not a fan of “cooking”?  Monetary contributions are always need.  Please put Smart Lunch Smart Kid in the check memo line.
    Not in town on July 15? Join us for  sandwich making, lunch assembling on Sunday, July 22, beginning at noon. Details and sign up links here. 
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  • July 15: Sanctuary Movement Team July 17, 2018

    Interested in immigrant justice within the Athens community and ways you can help?

    Join us for the next gathering of the Sanctuary Movement Team on third Sunday of the month–July 15–beginning at noon-ish in the interim admin room (old sofa room).

    To join the Sanctuary Movement Team listserv, click here or go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/uufa-sanctuary-movement-team/join.

    Need more information?  Contact Karen Solheim, UUFA Justice Lay Minister (justice@uuathensga.org or 706.202.7515) or visit http://www.uua.org/immigration/witness/partners/newsanctuary.

    The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster.

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  • Love Resists Family Separation–You can too! June 24, 2018

    Love resists family detention and separation,

    and you can too.

    Click here for further information.

     

    Love Resists is a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

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  • July 8: Social Action Committee July 12, 2018

    Be the change you want to see in the world. You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, July 8, beginning at noon in interim board room.

    Can’t attend?  If you would like to know what transpires in the UUFA SAC, join the SAC listerv here: http://lists.uuathensga.org/listinfo.cgi/social_action-uuathensga.org This listserv will let you know what transpires not only in the UUFA SAC but also in the local Athens area in terms of social action. Everyone is encouraged to sign up!

    FYI–SAC meetings are usually held the first Sunday of the month; the July meeting was changed to accommodate those out of town for the Fourth of July.

    For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com).

    The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster.

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  • DACA Dollars Still Needed–SAC Monetary Match Now Available! July 12, 2018

    Can you contribute towards someone’s DACA renewal fee?

    The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team thanks all who already contributed financially to the DACA renewal fee of $495.  So far, enough has been collected to sponsor almost TWO renewal fees!

    Can we make it three or even four?  For every DACA renewal fee dollar contributed from this point forward, the Social Action Committee will match it (up to $495)!

    Since January 2018, U-Lead has helped with 14 DACA applications. More applications are coming soon.

    Please write your check to UUFA with DACA in the memo line. Every dollar counts!

    Click here for more information about DACA renewal. 

    For further information about this SMT initiative, contact Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com). 

    The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster.

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  • UUFA Diaper Drive: A Cause You Can Really Get Behind! 🙂 July 12, 2018

    Diaper-DriveThe UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team (SMT) is sponsoring a diaper drive now through July 15 for immigrant families in the Athens area. Sizes needed are as follows:  newborn and 1, 2, and 3. Please place the diapers you bring under the CANtribution basket (as you enter the sanctuary). Questions?  Contact SMT member Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com)

    Think of all the babies—Innocent babies—Families ripped apart by arrests for minor violations, like trying to drive to work, without being allowed to get a license; fathers, bread-winners, locked in jail, kept illegally for extra hours; kept for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement); to be sent to detention (essentially jail), six hours away in rural southwest Georgia; and then deported.

    According to the Sheriff’s statistics, two men each week have been detained, from July 2017 until April, 2018. The total was about twenty men. Twenty families torn, split apart. The babies’ mothers may speak little or no English, have no jobs, income, or transportation. And they often have older children to care for. They are treated as aliens, in an alien land.

    Just think of all the diapers these tiny souls require, as you ponder these numbers and the sizes needed: size “newborn”—3 children, size 1— 4, size 2— 2, size 3–1. And in total, Community Support for Families in Crisis has helped around 132 children whose parents have been detained / deported since before the Sheriff’s recent holds.

    You may not be able to do much for immigrants, but you can make a difference to these families and babies if you simply contribute diapers.  Please think of them and try to help. Ponder these tiny souls and their mothers in your hearts! –Coordinator Nancy MacNair

    THANK YOU to all who have already contributed!

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  • July 1: INHA Training Opportunity July 5, 2018

    Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, GA. Helping Those In Need

    The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, Inc.  is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide immediate shelter and guidance to homeless families with children, due to the impact of misfortunes upon their lives. Once accepted into our program, IHNA provides food, shelter, daycare, and transportation as needed.

    Interested in becoming a volunteer with IHNA?
    Please attend the following training session: Sunday, July 1, noon at Athens Church of Christ. For more information, contact UUFA IHNA Coordinator Mark Hodges (markhodges4427@gmail.com). Support of IHNA is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster

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