Social Justice News
ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE: It's back to school! In
Delaware, the first day of school is August 14th. NUUC
members and friends have an opportunity to help others
by participating in the annual School Supply Drive to benefit
students who are served by the Delaware County Juvenile
Probation Program. The donation of school supplies is one
way for the congregation to express its belief in the
importance of education to a group of students who are
at higher than average risk for failing and dropping out of
school. This program serves approximately 150 middle
school and high school students, ranging in age from 13
to 19. A collection box for school supplies will be available
the church through Sunday, August 11th. Your donation of
school supplies, or money to purchase supplies, will be
appreciated. If you choose to donate money, please
write your check to NUUC and put "School Supplies" on the
memo line. This can be dropped in the offering basket or
mailed to: NUUC, P.O. Box 541, Lewis Center, OH 43035.
If you have any questions, please contact Diane Mattox at
614-204-4184 or email@example.com. Thank you for your
INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL OHIO
Main Event Dinner - Civility in an Era of Hostility, August
18, 2019, 5:00 pm at Bethel International United Methodist
Church, 1220 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220. There is
abundance of incivility, hostility and polarization in our
community, our country, and around the world. Professor
Paul Numrich of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio
and Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University will
moderate a panel discussion on ways to address this
negativity from an interfaith perspective. Look for more
information on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall or the
IACO Facebook page or website.
UU JUSTICE OHIO: Assist Immigrant Families Travelling
Through Ohio: Every day, hundreds of asylum-seeking
immigrant families from Guatemala, El Salvador, and
Honduras; many with very young children, are placed on
buses in border towns and sent north to stay with sponsors
or other family members. They are traveling to cities across the
country - New York, Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia and on.
These families will spend 3 or 4 or even more days on a
bus or waiting in a bus station for the next connection.
Most have no food, no money and no possessions beyond
they carry in slim backpacks. Most need simple
necessities like diapers, baby wipes, toothpaste, cough
drops, fruit for the children, etc.
This is why volunteers in Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton and
Cleveland have been organizing to meet the buses at the
Greyhound station and offer bags of food, fruit, basic
items, baby needs and more. When buses are late,
as they often are, and connections missed, volunteers
also help families rebook their tickets.
A recent New York Times article traced the journey of a
family over 85 hours and 1,600 miles on a bus. The
author described one bus station in Texas: "Refuse had
long before overfilled the available trash bins, and a
rank odor wafted out from the restrooms. Mothers,
fathers and children huddled together on scraps of
cardboard, atop tattered blankets and splayed jackets.
Feverish babies with runny noses fussed in their
mothers' arms." See more of the story
at the UUJO
You Can Help: It is hard not to feel helpless in the face
of the enormous humanitarian crisis on our southern
border. Here are some ways you can help by welcoming
these families and helping supply some basic comforts
for their long journeys.
1. Donate: You can donate to the different city teams
online or by check to help purchase basic supplies in bulk.
Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (501c3) is handling
tax-deductible donations to purchase supplies that
volunteers then bag and take to the bus station. You
can connect or donate through the link on the front page of the UUJO website: www.uujo.org.
Or send a check, noting "Families - Columbus" in the memo line, to:
PO Box 980
Worthington, OH 43085
If you prefer to donate supplies themselves, there will be
a collection box in Fellowship Hall. Please choose from the
* Water in plastic bottles that can be reused
* Fresh fruit - apples, mandarins, oranges, tangerines
(not bananas - they spoil quickly)
* Apple or other real fruit juice in small boxes or cans
* Tuna or chicken in small cans with pull-tab tops
* V8 or Vegetable Juice in cans
* Fruit cups with pull-tab tops that don't need refrigeration
* Pedialyte in powder form only (to be added to water bottles for small children)
* Large or medium sized disposable diapers
* Baby wipes
* Travel size baby powder and/or Vaseline
* Toddler food in pouches that do not need refrigeration
2. Volunteer: Organizers in the different cities have been
creating schedules and arranging volunteer organizing
processes. To volunteer in Columbus, see the
Cbus Immigrant Transit Assistance page - Cbus ITA - and fill out the volunteer form,
* We need volunteers to meet different buses at different times each day, including evening times. Please note that no special language skills are needed for this. Just your smile - and a sign.
* We need Spanish speakers to greet and help with questions.
* We need volunteers able to meet some of the buses that arrive at night.
* We need volunteers to meet at 'bagging parties" to put the supplies into bags in some of the cities.
* And we need volunteers of all ages and abilities.
Please contact Rev. Joan VanBecelaere, UUJO Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
PLASTIC BAG REPURPOSING SUSPENDED DURING SUMMER: The Horizon women at ORW have graduated! A new group of participants will be moving in over the summer and formal programming will resume in September. During the summer, please take your plastic bags to a grocery store that recycles them. In September, we will resume collecting bags for the women at ORW who use them to make sleeping mats for the homeless.