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- April 17: Earth Day Saturday Grounds Workday April 9, 2021There will be a UUFA grounds workday on Saturday, April 17, from 9-12 as part of our celebration of Earth Day 2021. There will be a dump truck load of mulch to spread, weeding, grass to cut, a tree and bushes to plant, rocks to spread in the drain area on the side of the building, a tree of two to cut, staining of the fence around the dumpster and more. At this stage in reopening the Fellowship, we are allowed to have 15 people on the grounds at one time (including the group leader), so if you intend to come, please click here to register. We have lots of tools but you might want to bring gloves, a water bottle, and a snack. However, if you’ve got your own favorite tools or maybe a wheelbarrow to help move the mulch, that would be great to bring. We will have access to the restrooms. Contact Mark Williams (email@example.com) with any questions or concerns.
- April 27: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition April 9, 2021Interested in immigration issues? You are invited to attend the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held virtually on Tuesday, April 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 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. This group traditionally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. For further information including how to connect to the virtual meeting, contact UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team member Nancy MacNair .
- April 3: UUFA Justice Partner Rally April 5, 2021For more information about this event, click here. The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) is a 2020-21 UUFA Justice Partner. For more information, contact UUFA AADM liaison Deb Brenner.
- Help Our Undocumented Neighbors with Your Third Relief Check! March 31, 2021Last April, the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition (ISC) (of which UUFA is a member) asked for your help to aid our undocumented neighbors who are struggling financially during the COVID-19 Pandemic crisis by donating part or all of your government stimulus checks to the Fondo Solidario de Emergencia fund (Fondo) that was set up by ISC through the Athens Immigrants Right Coalition and Casa de Amistad. We initially set a goal of raising $50,000 to support these families who are ineligible to receive any form of Government Support during the pandemic. To our delight, we exceeded our goal and raised over $170,000 during 2020. Those donations were all dispersed to very needy families before the end of the year. The Fondo was able, however, to obtain further funding through the Athens Clarke-County CARES Act and other grant agencies to continue our support of the immigrant community in the Athens Area. As of the end of January 2021, the Fondo has provided over $400,000 of support to immigrants and low income families affected by the Pandemic in the Athens area. We currently have a CDBG grant that will help us continue that support through the next 4 months. HOWEVER, this current grant is set up for reimbursements ONLY, which means that we have to use our own funds to support the families and then send in a report towards the end of each month to claim reimbursements for those expenses. In February and March, we have already disbursed over $57,000 in rent and utility payments for families in need. We have not yet received any reimbursement for these disbursements and have been told that reimbursement could take another three or four weeks to arrive. We have no more funds left to help the families who are still suffering from this pandemic. The following are just a couple of examples of the current needs in our community: Maria was operated on in November for breast cancer, her husband–only one who worked– has just left the hospital for COVID, and she is paying for the chemotherapies and medications she needs. Her husband has just returned to work, and she hopes that things will get better soon. Maria was helped with $420 for rent assistance. We were not able to help her with her medical bills at this time. Belinda is struggling to pay the bills since there is now only one income in the household. Her partner has been sick since the pandemic began, which resulted in a loss of work hours; he is currently in the hospital awaiting a heart transplant. Belinda is now the only one supporting herself and her 3 children. Belinda had to be referred to another agency as we do not have sufficient funds to support her request of $1276 towards rent and utilities. The third round of stimulus and relief checks from the latest relief bill have already started arriving in eligible peoples’ bank accounts or through the US mail. For most Americans a “relief check” for $1400 per adult plus $1400 for each dependent child and adult dependent will arrive soon–most Americans but not for an estimated 11 million residents who are undocumented. A very rough estimate is that there are over 3000 such families in Athens-Clarke County. They will not receive unemployment checks nor the CARES Act checks nor the Relief Act checks. We are calling on members of the ACC community–especially those who are part of strong faith communities–to dedicate a portion of your relief check if you are able. Show undocumented friends, neighbors, employees, restaurant workers, health care workers, and elderly or disabled community members that Athens- Clarke County CARES about them! What can your ACC CARES donation do? Based on a $1400 check, 10% or $140 provides food for two weeks for a family of 4 20% or $280 pays for utility bills for one household for one month 50% or $700 pays rent for a mobile home or small apartment 100% or $1400 provides rent and utilities for one family for a month The Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition (ISC) is committed to raising $60,000 to offset the crushing financial hardships undocumented members of the community are already experiencing by filling the gap in the anticipated CDBG funds. Dignidad Inmigrante en Athens will identify those in the undocumented community who need immediate assistance. ISC will evaluate applications. Your generous donation will go to Fondo Solidario de Emergencia. Fondo will allocate all funds to individuals and families, with administrative costs being reimbursed through the current CDBG grant. All are members of the Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition. Donate going online, mailing a check, or using Venmo (@SIFIC). Make checks out to ACC CARES/Fondo. Mail checks to Fondo Solidario, 452 N. Billups Street, Athens, GA 30606 Venmo: @SIFIC Fondo’s fiscal agent is Casa de Amistad, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All donations may be deductible for tax purposes. Please share your name, address, and email in the Venmo memo line if you would like a letter for tax purposes. ISC is comprised of representatives from many faith communities including the undersigned: Joel Siebentritt, ISC Coordinator Terry Salguero, Catholic Center David Alper, Congregation Children of Israel Mark Harper, Covenant Presbyterian Church Chris Conley, First Baptist Church Don Mosley, Jubilee Partners Jerry Gale, Mindful Breath Sangha & Congregation Children of Israel JoBeth Allen, Oconee St. United Methodist Church Freida Hammett, Quaker Meeting of Athens John Olive, David Jarrett, Nancy McNair, Karen Solheim and Don Smith, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens
- March 7: Social Action Committee March 8, 2021Be the change you want to see in the world. You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, March 7, beginning at noon virtually. Click here to connect to this meeting. Can’t attend? If you would like to know what transpires in the UUFA SAC, join the SAC listerv. 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! For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett. The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————————
- April 9-11: All-Virtual Intergenerational Spring Seminar, All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability February 22, 2021Are you ALL IN for Climate Justice? Do you want to build intergenerational organizing? Register Now for the 2021 Intergenerational Spring Seminar! April 9-11. Register by March 18 for the 2021 all-virtual Intergenerational Spring Seminar, All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the United Nations in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth. The Seminar will take place online April 9-11, 2021, and aims to instill in Unitarian Universalist youth and adults a commitment to global engagement and the skills to take action locally to address global climate and food justice issues. Learn more here. Register now!
- Wednesdays: Diaper Drive and CANtribution Collection January 19, 2021You are invited literally to drive by UUFA (in the parking lot) EVERY Wednesday, 3-4 p.m. to drop off diapers for the Athens immigrant community and/or nonperishable food items for the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank. Please remember the food bank does not accept expired food. Please read the UUFA Phase One Opening Guidelines, which include wearing your face mask and distancing physically. For further information, contact Diane Bridges. Not a fan of driving or shopping but still want to give? Monetary contributions are gratefully received. Give here; choose “Diapers &/or Cans” and then note any appropriate memo for your gift.