On Sunday, October 27, 2019, a Community Projects Team leader, organized a group of church volunteers to assemble emergency packs in observance of World Homeless Weekend. Over 100 packs were assembled and were taken by the volunteers to hand out to the less fortunate among us.

During the fifth Thursday of October, First Church’s project leaders and volunteers prepared and served a family-styled meal to at-risk, LGBTQ+ youth. All youth of the LGBTQ+ community are welcomed and no one is ever turned away. Volunteers who want to lend a hand with this project must be at least 25 years of age to serve food and pass a background check.

A large interfaith association of congregations whose mission is to promote and assist those individuals who may be down on their luck, helping them become self-sufficient by meeting some of their food and clothing needs. First UU Church collects donations from members and friends each week.

The Community Projects Team at First UU Church has been a long-time partner with one of the city’s largest community outreach organization, Rebuilding Houston Together. On October 19 and 26, two CPT leaders spearheaded a larger than usual contingent of volunteers to restore a home assigned by Rebuilding Together Houston. Volunteers included carpenters, painters and debris haulers of all skill levels – some of whom spent the whole day to complete the project. Adults and teens as young as 13 years of age accompanied by their parents are always invited, all skill levels welcome!

On November 23, a group of volunteers were scheduled to help preserve and beautify the grounds and structures in the historic Freedmen’s Town in The Fourth Ward. Freedmen’s Town is the only remaining post-Civil War neighborhood in the United States built by African-American slaves and their descendants.

The 4th Annual Toy Drive is on-going at First UU Church to benefit Child Advocates, a nonprofit organization that advocates for children in foster care. There is still time for you to donate a toy and/or clothing for a child in need. A CPT member is organizing this drive through December 8th and will deliver all donations to Child Advocates in time for the holiday. A gift list is featured in Channing Hall to guide gift selections.

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