Social Action

Mission statement

We are committed to making our fellowship a force for positive social change in our local and global communities.  We advocate for peace, justice, environmental stewardship, compassion, and caring, and encourage all fellowship members to actively participate in issues of concern to them.

To volunteer for our upcoming events or receive more information about ways you can become involved, email Action@uulakenorman.org or browse through our Social Action notebook on the information table at each worship service.  We look forward to hearing about your passions concerning social issues.

Social Action Committee: Amy Hartman (chair), Bruce Henderson, Valena McMurry, Karen Clark, Veronique Singerman, Wendy Gigante

Upcoming Action

Thursday, February 28:  Room In The Inn

In partnership with the Urban Ministry Center, various colleges and congregations open their doors in the winter months in order to provide shelter and food to homeless people.  Davidson United Methodist Church (DUMC) takes part in this program and partners with other congregations three nights a week to provide this service to some of our homeless neighbors.  This allows them to spend the night in a safe, warm place where they have access to a warm shower, a bed, and three meals (dinner, breakfast and a bag lunch) while having a personal exchange with the volunteers.

On Thursday, February 28th, UULKN volunteers will be given the opportunity to participate

For more information and to sign up, click here.

Other causes we have supported

Amendment One vote

On September 13th, 2011, the NC legislature proposed an amendment to the Constitution that would ban legal recognition for all unmarried couples, strip protections and benefits from families across our state, hurt our business climate and economic development, and put our children in danger. On issues of civil rights we support passing laws that treat people equally, not those that are unjust. Therefore we opposed the amendment and encouraged all to vote against Amendment One on May 8.
www.protectncfamilies.org

Ada Jenkins Center

The Ada Jenkins Center gives at risk clients access to a comprehensive array of services under one roof. Our fellowship has collected food for the Loaves and Fishes food pantry, which serves needy families in the Davidson and surrounding areas. We have provided volunteer support for the LEARN Works after school tutoring program along with collections of school supplies. Volunteers from our fellowship have also provided administrative support for the front desk and Latino services and childcare for Latino families during parent class time.
www.adajenkins.org

Davidson Community Garden

Volunteers from our ranks have participated in planting and tending crops through a team effort. This community project is designed to provide fresh produce to neighbors in need in our local area and through the Ada Jenkins food pantry.
www.facebook.com/pages/Davidson-Community-Garden/125479730802697

Collecting Coats for Crisis Assistance Ministry

November 2013, UUFLKN collected 63 coats to help Crisis Assistance Ministry’s FreeStore provide warm coats to individuals and families in need.
www.crisisassistance.org

Earth Day

In April 2011 we took an educational tour of the Iredell County Landfill as an exercise in observance of Earth Day, a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation of the earth’s natural environment.
www.earthday.org

Habitat for Humanity

UUFLKN has partnered with homeowners to paint and put up drywall in new Habitat houses.  We got dirty, learned a skill, and worked with the homeowner family to build their dream!
www.ourtownshabitat.org

Lunch and canned goods collection for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen

We prepared and served lunch to our hungry neighbors at the soup kitchen. The soup kitchen serves lunch Monday-Friday year round, and on Saturdays during the winter months January – March.

UUFLKN also collected canned and paper goods for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen at Thanksgiving.
www.mooresvillesoupkitchen.com

Santa for Seniors with Mooresville Soup Kitchen

UUFLKN partnered with the Mooresville Soup Kitchen (MSK) to provide warming gifts for local low income and/or disabled seniors.  We collected the Seniors Christmas wish list of sweatshirts, scarves, gloves and/or grocery gift cards.  Congregants selected a Senior, shopped for him/her and we wrapped the gifts.  All gifts were then delivered to Santa, who distributed them at the MSK’s Christmas week celebration.

Room In The Inn at Davidson United Methodist Church

Homelessness is an issue we care deeply about. Room In The Inn is a program of the Charlotte Urban Ministries Center to provide beds for the homeless during the winter months. UU Fellowship of Lake Norman has served one night during each of the last two seasons. This ministry is hosted at Davidson United Methodist Church three nights a week from December through March. Volunteers make the beds, cook and serve a home-cooked meal, fellowship with the guests, spend the night, serve breakfast and provide cleanup.
www.urbanministrycenter.org

Bookbag Stuffing Event for LEARN Works at Ada Jenkins

We worked with the Ada Jenkins Center to provide bookbags and needed academic materials for a group of 15 rising 6th graders who will attend Bradley Middle School next year. These kids attended Cornelius and Davidson Elementary Schools and have been a part of the LEARN Works after school program at Ada Jenkins and will continue the program next year.
Contact: Valena McMurry

CROP Walk Charlotte

Our volunteers once again participated in this effort to raise awareness and funds locally to alleviate hunger and poverty in this country and around the world.
www.charlottecropwalk.org

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Kids collected money for a worthy cause in addition to Halloween candy. UNICEF provides global children’s services such as immunizations, clean drinking water, nourishment to prevent malnutrition, access to quality education, and efforts to fight against AIDS and child exploitation and trafficking. Even our littlest ones have an age appropriate way to offer help for children around the world.
www.unicef.org

Quarterly Adopt-A-Highway litter cleanup

UU Fellowship of Lake Norman is committed to the Adopt-A-Highway program for a minimum of four years. Our responsibility is to clean up litter in Davidson along a one-mile stretch of Davidson-Concord Road once a quarter. A sign at the end of each segment between Grey Road and the traffic circle at the edge of town credits the fellowship for this effort. This is a fun way to help make our environment a more beautiful place to live.
www.ncdot.org
Contact: Valena McMurry

 

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