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  • August 25: Justice Partner (AADM) Event and August Newsletter August 12, 2018   UUFA Justice Partner AADM (Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement) invites UUFA members and friends to participate in the fourth edition of the Athens Black Market and Cultural Experience on Saturday, August 25, from 2-6 p.m. at Creature Comforts.   Click here for more information. Click here to read the AADM August newsletter.     ————————————————————————————
  • August 2018 PARES Update August 12, 2018 At the May 2018 Congregational Meeting, UUFA voted to participate in the Athens-Clarke County’s Adopt-a-School Program by being in partnership with Alps Road Elementary School. UUFA is the first nonprofit organization in Athens-Clarke County to participate in the Adopt-a-School Program! Click here for more information about the CCSD’s Adopt-a-School guidelines. August 3, 2018:  Alps Uniform Sale Three UUFA PARES participants (Rev. Alison Eskildsen, Kathy Mason, and Caryl Sundland) participated in this event, setting up a sign and all the clothing we had collected. (Many thanks to everyone who donated clothes, donated money, and shopped.) Parents and children came in to meet their teachers and get ice cream. We sold a little more than half the clothes that we had gathered. The rest of the clothing was left at the school to be sold. The money we raised was donated to the PTO. August 12, 2018:  PARES Ice Cream Social at UUFA Over 12 folks attended this event designed to celebrate those at UUFA who are already involved with PARES and to inform those who want to be involved with PARES.  Seven individuals filled out the background check forms needed for working within the school with students.  Click here for a copy of the background check form. August 29, 2018:  Alps-UUFA Mixer If you are planning to participate in the 2018-19 PARES program, you are invited to attend this event at Alps Road Elementary School at 3 p.m. to meet and greet faculty and staff.  If you have not done so already, please RSVP by clicking here. Other volunteer opportunities If you have not done so already, please click here to sign up to participate in other ways at Alps Road Elementary School throughout the year. Questions? Contact UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland (csundland@aol.com or 706.425.8575). PARES is a congregation-wide initiative sponsored by the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————————————–
  • August 19-26: UUFA IHNA Week! August 12, 2018The 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. August 19 through August 26 is the week that UUFA provides support for IHNA at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Needed are meal preparers, dinner and evening hosts, overnights hosts, and IHNA Day Center hosts. For more information, contact UUFA IHNA Coordinator Mark Hodges (markhodges4427@gmail.com). Support of IHNA is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster —————————————————————————–
  • August 16 and 17: Our Daily Bread July 31, 2018What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, August 16, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, August 17, 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. ——————————————————————————
  • September 9: Athens Pride Festival August 12, 2018 SAVE THE DATE:  Sunday, September 9 2-7 p.m.    downtown Athens Once again, UUFA will be participating in the Athens Pride Festival. Can you help person the UUFA table?  One hour shifts are available! To RSVP, contact Karen Solheim (UUFA.KarenSolheim@gmail.com or 706.202.7515). This activity is being sponsored by the Social Action Committee, a part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————-    
  • August 19: Sanctuary Movement Team August 12, 2018Interested 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–August 19–beginning at noon-ish in the interim admin room (old sofa room). To join the Sanctuary Movement Team listserv, first click the headline above and then click here or go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/uufa-sanctuary-movement-team/join. Need more information?  Contact Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com or 706.546.5237) or visit http://www.uua.org/immigration/witness/partners/newsanctuary. The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————-
  • August 5: Social Action Committee August 12, 2018Be the change you want to see in the world. You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, August 5, 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. For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com). The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————————
  • PARES Opportunity: Uniform Exchange July 19, 2018 School is starting soon, and your help is needed now. What:   Uniform Exchange (for students at Alps Road Elementary School) When:  collecting now for the 2018-19 Academic Year What:    gently used clothing sizes 3 T through 9       collared shirts (royal, navy, or light blue)                                                                    pants, shorts, or skirts (khaki, navy, or black) Not a fan of shopping?  Monetary donations accepted. How:     Deposit donations (clothing or monetary) in designated container under the sanctuary entrance table.  Checks should be made payable to UUFA with PARES in the subject line. Questions?  Contact UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland (csundland@netscape.net or 706.425.8575). As the result of a vote at the May 20, 2018, Annual Meeting, UUFA is in partnership with Alps Road Elementary School through the Clarke County School District’s Adopt-a-School Program. ________________________________________________
  • August 4: Justice Partner (AADM) News August 9, 2018AADM Civil Rights Advocates Committee is designed to fight back against discrimination, bring awareness to systemic racism, address racial profiling and police brutality. AADM Advocates provide resources, facilitate conversations or campaign to help defend your civil or human rights. If you would like to become an AADM-Civil Rights Advocate or learn more about the program, join in August 4 @12:30 pm at the Athens-Clarke County Library on Baxter St. Click here for more information. The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement is a UUFA Justice Partner. ———————————————————————————–
  • August 2: Justice Partner (AADM) news August 9, 2018The ACLU of Georgia, Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, and Economic Justice coalition will host the Athens Smart Justice Roundtable-Reduce Mass Incarceration Part 2 as an effort to combat racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Join us to make a difference in our great city of Athens! August 2; 5:30-7:30 Athens Clarke County Library, Baxter Street Click here for more information. The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement is a UUFA Justice Partner. ————————————————————————————–
  • August 12: PARES Ice Cream Social at UUFA August 9, 2018Participating 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 Ocean Room. 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. ——————————————————————————-
  • UPDATE–UUFA Diaper Drive: A Cause You Can Really Get Behind! 🙂 August 9, 2018The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team (SMT) sponsored a diaper drive through July 15, and many thanks to all who contributed. However, the need for diapers for immigrant families in the Athens area continues as two newborns are expected, so the diaper drive has been extended through August 5. Sizes needed are as follows:  newborn, 1 and 6. Please place the diapers you bring under the CANtribution basket (as you enter the sanctuary). Questions?  Contact SMT member Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com) The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ————————————————————————————-