Community Projects Team

The Emergency Aid Coalition, our long-term partner organization helping the homeless in Houston, needs our help! This week, the EAC would appreciate your donations of canned fruits and macaroni and cheese! (Please contact the Community Projects Team if you are able to donate these or any other needed items and/or volunteer). Click HERE to visit the EAC site.
Community Projects Team
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston – Community Projects Team

Community Projects @ Home

With current conditions, church-wide community projects are problematic.  We recognize that some church members are continuing to volunteer at various community service organizations, and we are grateful for their efforts, but until our church is “open for business” again, the Community Projects Team (CPT) is not recommending any in-person projects that require our members to gather in non-familial groups.  However, we have identified some possible individual projects that you can do to provide help to needy organizations. 

Blood Drive

First UU will sponsor another blood drive from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm on Sunday April 25.  Please refer to the attachment and the below summary for the details.  Blood donation appointments must be scheduled with the Blood Center at the following link:

http://www.commitforlife.org/donor/schedule/drive_schedule/333108

 

The Blood Center has instituted the following measures to assure the safety of both our donors and the bloodmobile staff: 

  • Mobile coach drives are limited to 2 appointments every 15 minutes.
  • Mobile coach drives are scheduled for 4.5 hours to accommodate the appointment system.
  • Donors are asked to make donation appointments to promote distancing.
  • Blood Center staff is sanitizing every screening booth and bed in between donors.
  • Stress balls given to donors during donation are now single-use to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Blood Center staff have their temperatures taken prior to launching from our office.
  • Blood Center staff wear face masks during the duration of the blood drive.
  • Donors must also wear face masks. If they do not have one, the blood center will provide one.
  • Blood drives and blood donors are essential under the Stay Home, Work Safe order.
 

Donors as usual will receive free snacks and drinks for replenishment of their energy after their donations.  All successful donors will receive a COVID-19 antibody test that is authorized by the FDA only for detecting the presence of antibodies but is not intended for diagnosis of COVID-19.  The test results will be available approximately 7 days after donation.   

The restrooms at First UU will be available to us donors only on an emergency basis since COVID-19 concerns have forced First UU to curtail the use of our church. 

 

As you may be aware, the Houston area continues to experience a critical shortage of blood.   Blood donations have declined drastically since COVID-19 because the Blood Center has lacked the ability to partner with most of its “old faithfuls”, namely high schools, colleges and companies.  The Blood Center focuses on groups like these because it can serve a large number of donors in a short amount of time. In the fall schools usually account for 46% of donations, but this year this source has dried up due to COVID-19.  And of course blood drives are not possible at many companies due to the work at home guidelines.  Bottom line is that the Blood Center needs our blood drive now.

 

Will you join us?  You can donate if it has been 2 months since your last blood donation (October 11 was our last blood drive) and if you meet the Blood Center’s other requirements.  If so it is imperative that you go to the Blood Center website 

and schedule your donation.

Rebuilding Together Houston:
Upcoming Work Days

      It again is time to pick up your paint brushes and carpenter tools to lend aid to a low income senior homeowner by helping maintain her home.  

      After missing both of our RTH projects last year due to COVID-19, we have been assigned a house and have begun preparations.  Our schedule is to work on this house from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on April 17 and 24. Most of our work on the assigned house will include siding replacement as well as painting this one-story house.  We will provide the tools and materials.  It would be helpful if a few of you would bring ladders.  We also will provide you with drinks and lunch. 

      Please let us know by  e-mail to philrichardson@pdq.net if you can join us and work on April 17 and/or April 24. Many thanks.

As you consider helping these organizations,
please let us know of your participation by sending us an email to communityprojectsteam@firstuu.org

·       Emergency Aid Coalition – Donate men’s new boxer underwear (M, L, XL) or large tubs of peanut butter and deliver to EAC at 5401 Fannin.  Also, consider buying something from their Amazon wish list and sending to them: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/25PIG4PNCK5P6/ref=hz_ls_biz_ex

·       ANSWER Nepal – Join many fellow UUs in sponsoring the education of a deserving Nepalese youth.  https://answernepal.org/become-a-sponsor/

·       Rutherford Yates Museum – Support 1st UU’s efforts to preserve historic museum buildings in Freedmen’s Town, Houston’s first free African-American neighborhood, by purchasing e-gift cards at Lowes (for paint and primer) and having them sent to communityprojectsteam@firstuu.org: https://www.buyatab.com/custom/lowes/?int_cmp=GiftCards%3AC%3ANoDivision%3AOther%3AShop_Gift_Cards&page=egift

·       Montrose Grace Place - Support this organization directly through Amazon with the Montrose Grace Place Wish List:  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/57S7HHXG0UC5/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_4?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist.  Items can be purchased through Amazon and sent directly to them.

·       SEARCH – Support SEARCH's House of Tiny Treasures that provides preschool for children whose lives have been impacted by homelessness, by donating  supplies their teachers and staff use on a daily basis to provide students with compassionate care and learning opportunities. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/24D6G6E73CX1B/ref=cm_go_nav_hz

Please let us know if you have volunteered
with any of these organizations!
If you have other ideas, please contact the CPT at communityprojectsteam@firstuu.org