UUCSC News and Updates
Volume I | June 5, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, RI
Rev. DL Helfer, Minister
Welcome to the first edition of the UUCSC News and Updates , a new weekly publication that merges our previous monthly newsletter, The South County Unitarian Universalist with the weekly eNews. Thank you to Karen Ellsworth for all her years of editing both publications. We are realizing more than ever her faithful service to our community, as we, the Communications Committee and staff, scramble to fill her shoes. It is taking a village to accomplish what she did single handed! Please consider this new venture a work in progress, as we develop a process to bring you the UUCSC news of the week every Friday morning.
This Sunday at UUCSC
June 7, 2020
While we cannot gather on Sundays, Rev. Helfer and Music Director Michael Galib bring us an audio service every Sunday at 10 am and it is accessible all week from the front page of our website. UUCSC Website
Directory Information Update

Please update your Membership Directory information to help us stay connected!

It's easier than you think.
Go here to find out how.
Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly
Goes Virtual
Seeking Voting Delegates . . .

If you plan to attend the UUA GA 2020, will you represent us as an official voting delegate? If interested, contact Mary Alice Kimball ASAP at  maryalice9@aol.com  
Virtual GA Registration is $150.  
To register for UUA GA 2020,

GA 2020 program information

Some scholarships are available:
Contact Reverend DL at  uucscminister@gmail.com 
Everyone Has a Story
Introducing a new feature,  Our Stories

Elizabeth Donovan is going to write short bios about any willing UUCSC members, or she will edit, if you would like to write your own piece (500 word limit). She starts by telling us her story. Contact Elizabeth at elizdn@hotmail.com if you are interested in sharing your story. We look forward to getting to know each other better.

Gone But Not Forgotten

It is with sadness that we share the news that Carole Driver, long-time member of our UUCSC congregation, recently passed away at St. Elizabeth's Nursing home in East Greenwich. Her husband and also long-time UUCSC member, Rod Driver, still lives at this same address.

Condolences to Rod and family can be sent to Saint Elizabeth Homes,
21 Saint Elizabeth Way, E. Greenwich, RI 02818-2163.

Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition
The Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition was formed in 2008 to serve as a faith-based voice on systemic issues that underlie poverty. The Coalition is an advocate for sound legislation and public policies that address the causes of poverty and that promote economic well-being for all Rhode Islanders. Our Social Justice team has participated in their special events and advocates for organizations that reflect the changes we wish to see in Rhode Island.
Jean Bowen, Social Justice Chair
 Local Organizations To Rally Behind This Month
Our local heroes in the nursing home and caretaking industry require more support than they're currently offered.  The Nursing Home Staffing & Quality Care Act (HB7624, SB2519)  is a way to secure a safer future for the residents inside the facilities as well as the workers, including a minimum staffing requirement of 4:1 hours of care per resident.
The Poor People's Campaign is guided by the moral principle to help those less fortunate in order to enact change in our state. One focus point for the organization is to ensure that basic necessities for low-income individuals and families are met during COVID-19, such as utilities. To learn more about their efforts, follow them on Facebook.
AMOR is a grassroots organization that focuses on rapid response around individual and state sponsored violence in Rhode Island. They work with individuals whose civil rights have been violated and connect them to attorneys and other service providers who empower them with resources. The organization's response to COVID-19 has been critical to protecting our community's most vulnerable and they're in need of donations to sustain their work.
Together we can #RaiseRI out of poverty. Join the conversation and effort to update The RI Works program benefit so it reflects the current cost of living in today's age. As of right now, families receive $6 per family member a day, a number that has remained the same over the past 30 years. Learn more on how you can help increase this program's impact with the link below.
Community Outreach

While we've been under quarantine, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has put forward a plan to open federal lands across the country to hunting and fishing.

National Wildlife Refuges in Rhode Island.

Since parts of these refuges abut residential properties, schools, and walking/bike paths, it is alarming to hear that hunting might be allowed in these areas. Read more about South Kingstown's mobilization to stop this move, and please, by the June 8 deadline . . .
a) Email your concerns to rhodeislandcomplex@fws.gov
How to Submit News and Updates
Please submit news via email to Betsy Dalton at elizabethmdalton@gmail.com
by Tuesday Noon each week to assure publication by Friday of that week.