Social Justice/Green Sanctuary activities

economic and environmental justice, issues related to immigrations, native peoples, racial, LBBQ justice.

Leader Habitat for Humanity action group

QUUF partners with Habitat for Humanity to help build affordable housing in east Jefferson county. This position acts as the liaison between QUUF and Habitat for Humanity and is part of the Social and Environmental Justice council..

Detailed Description: 
Represent QUUF on HFH's interfaith relations council which meets bimonthly for one hour. at the HFH office. Communicate with QUUF members regarding HFH's needs for volunteers, group builds, providing treats for workers, etc.. Work with HFH staff to plan and organize 1 or 2 QUUF or interfaith builds each year.
Service Term: 
2 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Habitat for Humanity is an organization which is actively building affordable housing. Recipients participate in building their own and other's houses in order to build up "sweat equity." It is very rewarding to work alongside housing recipients, volunteers from other faith communities, and the HFH staff. QUUF has many people who enjoy working with other members and friends during special QUUF and/or interfaith builds. These builds also bring us closer as a community and help us to build connections with people from other faith communities. This job is not a time-consuming one, but can make a big difference by connecting QUUF members with other people working for affordable housing.

Skills Needed: 

Communication, interpersonal skills.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

I have held this position for many years and will be available to help the volunteer learn this job. Other members of the Interfaith Relations Council, who are liaisons in their own churches, are also sources of information and support. Other QUUF members who are active HFH volunteers are also a source of support.

Contact Person: 
Diane Bommer
Contact Person Email: 
dianebommer@gmail.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Open
Hours per Month: 
1

Animal Action Group Member

QAA members advocate for the health and well being of all sentient creatures and their habitats.  

Detailed Description: 
QAA members advocate for the health and well being of all sentient creatures and their habitats. QAA endeavors to address the issues of the extinction crisis, climate crisis and animal cruelty. We believe in and actively support the inherent worth and dignity of all individual beings. This group is for anyone who wants to deepen understanding of other species, their habitats as well as support each other in our efforts and relationship to the greater-than-human world.
Service Term: 
1 year
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

QUUAM members provide a service to QUUF congregation in education and raising awareness about all species and the environment, thereby helping to change the social and world dynamics of human relationships that are helping or harming our planet. We deepen our relationships with each other in this action group as well as by working with other QUUF members and friends, and the greater community.

Skills Needed: 

The main skill needed is the love of other species and each other. In our Action Group Covenant we emphasize openness and loving communication - “We believe the shifting paradigm from human dominance to a reverence for all life is key to healing the world. Growing our skills and capacity for compassionate communication, we will act in ways that nourish one another and support our multi-species communities.” Other skills are WELCOMED and appreciated and can be utilized - we are a new and growing group needing the multi-skilled diversity of many members.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

No training or requirements. If one goes on a field trip or volunteers as part of this group, the obvious “at your own risk”  applies.

Contact Person: 
Polly Thurston
Contact Person Email: 
ptravennest@hotmail.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
Multiple
Availability: 
Position Open
Hours per Month: 
5

Green Sanctuary Committee Member

The Green Sanctuary Committee informs and educates the congregation about sustainability and the care of our environment through presentations as part of the formal service, and multiple programs and activities throughout the year. 

Detailed Description: 
The purpose of the Green Sanctuary Committee is to encourage the congregation to learn about and take action to promote sustainability and care of our local to global environment through increased consciousness, lifestyle changes, community education and involvement in environmental issues at the personal, congregational, UU, local, state and federal levels. QUUF became certified as a Green Sanctuary by UU Ministry For Earth in 2009 after completing a 2- year process of educational programs, energy audits, activism and other ongoing commitments to support our 7th UU Principle: “Respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part”. Our current Green Sanctuary Committee theme is Global Warming, Climate Justice and the Salish Sea, and we embrace all efforts that promote a just and sustainable community. The committee works closely with the Social Justice Council Examples of regular activities include: 1) Earth Day, celebrated with service events and musical or film programs and selection of an EcoHero from the congregation or community for recognition and an award. 2) A Harvest Festival hosted with our Religious Ed. Committee early every fall with cider pressing and squash car races, games, and a potluck dinner. 3) Other events, such as music, art in the foyer, invited talks are organized as well. Committee members tasks involve preparation for events - distributing announcements in town and to local newspaper, designing and distributing posters, selling tickets in QUUF lobby, arranging the lobby, friendship hall, sanctuary, some food layout. Tasks at the Harvest Festival include helping with car construction, judging the car races with a sharp eye, overseeing safety and sanitation at the apple pressing, testing the vintage. The committee generally meets monthly, 1.5 hours, during the church year. There are programs and events that can involve committee members for another 3 or more hours per event. The committee is open to new ideas or initiatives brought by new members and frequently supports local environmental programs initiated by other local groups, like movies, marches, letter writing campaigns, legislative outreach, and more. The committee consists of a chairperson appointed by the board as well as QUUF Members and friends and others who chose to participate. More information can be found in the Operations Manual of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, adopted 1998, Revised May 2008, Revised and Updated July 2016, under the headings Green Sanctuary Statement and Green Sanctuary Committee.
Service Term: 
1 year
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

The committee member is introduced to a wide variety of environmental and sustainability issues through the committee meetings and activities of the committee.   The member has the opportunity to inform and involve members of the congregation in these social and educational events at a personal level and/or through community action.   These activities expand the horizons of the member beyond the usual levels of exposure to environmental issues.

Skills Needed: 

No special skills needed other than a passion for the environment.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

The committee chair, long standing committee members and QUUF liaison members provide a rich resource for volunteers to carry the activities of the GS committee.

Contact Person: 
Peg Hunter, Patrick Johnson
Contact Person Email: 
spiritbearpeg@gmail.com, patrickjohnson01@gmail.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
Multiple
Availability: 
Position Open
Hours per Month: 
4

Social Justice Council Steering Team

Members coordinate the meetings and many activities of the Social Justice Council

Detailed Description: 
Members participate in monthly SJCST meetings (second Wednesday, 5:30-7:00 p.m.) and meetings of the full Council, usually three per year. They facilitate communication between committees, action groups, task forces, and special interest groups that are part of the Social Justice Council. They oversee legislative action, including tabling and letter writing campaigns. They help with broad interest, congregation-wide projects, such as an annual “common read.” Co-chairs attend quarterly Leadership Assembly meetings. There are no voting positions open at present but any interested person can attend SJCST meetings at any time. Please contact one of the co-chairs if you are interested in joining our Steering Team as a voting member. The chairs of the committee average 8-10 hours per month preparing for and attending meetings and other miscellaneous organizing.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

The community impact of the Social Justice Council is felt in many ways: in the Winter Shelter, where two weeks of meals and night monitors are coordinated; in Dove House, for whom a collection is taken; in the Boiler Room, where soup is prepared one Sunday a month; in our LGBTQ community, for whom special events are planned; and in numerous other special interest groups and committees, which are involved? in the annual Social Justice Sunday service. The personal satisfaction that comes from making someone else’s life better cannot be measured. Social Justice work is action oriented and guided by the values inherent in our Seven Principles.

Skills Needed: 

Organizing, communicating, taking initiative, facilitating meetings, being flexible, following-through, keeping records. teamwork, decision making.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Present chairs are eager to train and mentor.

Contact Person: 
Emelia DeSouza, Diane Haas
Contact Person Email: 
socialjustice@quuf.org
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
Multiple
Availability: 
Position Open
Hours per Month: 
6

Winter Shelter Cook & Server

Join a team of up to 5 to plan, purchase ingredients, cook, and serve a meal at the Winter Shelter. 

Detailed Description: 
Background: QUUF joins other local faith-based and secular organizations (the Community Outreach and Shelter Team) in hosting the Jefferson County Winter Shelter each year. The Shelter offers beds and bathing nightly as well as meals for those who are homeless, from November through March. QUUF covers all meal and monitoring for two weeks each winter: traditionally the week after Thanksgiving and the last week of January. Having a food handler’s certificate, available either through a local class or online, is helpful. Key Activities: Volunteer cooks offer either a breakfast (2-3 hours) or a dinner (4-5 hours), donating ingredients unless the cost is personally burdensome (in which case the cost of one's share of ingredients is reimbursed). Outside of not "potentially hazardous" home baked goods, meals are prepared in a Donor Kitchen, either QUUF's or the Shelter’s. Finally, one serves, cleans up, handles lunches and completes report forms. Dinner cooks prepare lunches using ingredients in the Shelter, while breakfast cooks package those lunches and distribute them in the morning. Meals are ideally offered by teams of 2 for breakfasts and 5 for the dinners. Meals are shared by both shelter guests and all those supporting the Shelter, about 35 people for most meals. Time Commitment (hours): Activity Breakfast Dinner 1. Prepare to cook in a Donor Kitchen (absorbing directions) 2.0 2.0 2. Plan meal .5 1.0 3. Purchase ingredients .75 1.5 4. Cook 2.0 1.0 5. Serve, eat, clean, work with lunches, report 1.0 2.0 Total 5.25 8.5
Service Term: 
As needed
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Directly helping those most in need Supporting a community-wide effort to allieviate suffering during the time of year when those living without basic shelter are most vulnerable Joining others in QUUF to actualize this support--this may include youth who may cook but not serve in the shelter. Get to know others as only people who meet over food can.

Skills Needed: 

Meal planning: balanced, healthy, comforting palatable foods, responsive to dietary and physiologic needs and preferences of those being served -- attentive to nutrient and caloric requirements, and dental disease
Purchase food mindful of quality, source, and cost
Prepare food hygienically, to prevent food-borne illness in this vulnerable population and retain the "Donor Kitchen" status of the kitchens where meals must be prepared for legal donation
Balanced, respectful, and on-task interaction with co-cooks
Access resources which allow team members to share costs of the meal
Reporting time and materials donated

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

1. Optimum preparation includes becoming a licensed food handler through local Public Health Department training or online at https://www.foodworkercard.wa.gov/language.html. Because food donations are governed by WA State laws (Chapter 69.80 RCW, WAC 246-215) familiarity and compliance with these laws is essential. Knowledge can result from i) direct review of the laws ii) understanding the guidance provided by the COAST Volunteer Coordinator or Team member holding a Food Handler's certificate. Compliance with requirements for where donated food must be prepared is critical (potentially hazardous food prepared in a home kitchen and delivered to the Shelter is illegal and can compromise our ability to serve food. Additional guidance specific to the safety requirements at the Shelter must be understood and followed. If ill, a volunteer should refrain from serving. If donating an individual's share of the team meal is a financial burden, reimbursement is possible.

Contact Person: 
Cathe Bell
Contact Person Email: 
bell.cathe@gmail.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
Multiple
Availability: 
Position Open
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Cathe Bell
Hours per Month: 
8

Winter Shelter Meal Chair

Work with Shelter Partner Stakeholders and QUUF in the care, operation, and development of the Winter Shelter and organize and schedule volunteers to serve meals and to work as monitors. 

Detailed Description: 
QUUF joins other local faith-based and secular organizations (the Community Outreach and Shelter Team(COAST), the American Legion, and OlyCAP) in hosting the Jefferson County Winter Shelter each year. The Shelter offers beds and bathing nightly as well as meals for those who are homeless, from November through March. QUUF covers all meal and monitoring for two weeks each winter: traditionally the week after Thanksgiving and the last week of January. You will facilitate communication among volunteers and member organizations, embody the philosophy of hospitality as outlined by COAST, and act as a leader within QUUF to ensure that all volunteer services are provided with respect and courtesy. Key Activities: 1. Serve as a member of the COAST Board of Directors with one vote. COAST monthly board meetings occur from 3-4 pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month. (1-3 hours/month) 2. Act as a representative between groups: the Coordinator is the direct communication link between COAST and QUUF, currently through the Social Justice Council. (2-4 hours/quarter) 3. Participate in community events on behalf of COAST such as the Jefferson County Fair, volunteer fairs, Veteran Stand-Up, etc. (2-10 hours/year) 4. Manages QUUF's efforts for 2 separate weeks during the season. QUUF is responsible for the Shelter, historically, during the week after Thanksgiving and the last week of January-beginning of February. a. Familiarize QUUF membership with need. Solicit their support and involvement. Advertise through personal statements and public displays (6 hours) b. Schedule volunteers able to fill all needs in meal prep/service and night monitor assistance (6 hours/season) b. Make sure all positions are filled (6-12 hours/season) c. Make sure are supplies and food are purchased or donated for the week's meals (15 hours/season) d. Assure that recycled materials are removed from the shelter (3 hours/season) 5. Supervise all QUUF volunteers a) Make sure that each food preparation and serving group has a supervisory member with a current Food Handler's Card from the Jefferson County Department of Health (schedule Food Handler's Training--6 hours/every two years, monitor certificates (2 hours/year) b) Familiarize kitchen helpers with the use of the kitchen equipment as well as location of kitchen items (4 hours/year) c) Familiarize kitchen helpers with Shelter practices regarding timing of meals, serving, clean-up, and reporting (4-12 hours/year) 6. Be supervised by by the on-site shelter supervisor. OlyCAP staff are available for support. Coordinators must defer to shelter staff in all matters of shelter operation and safety. (2+ weeks/year)
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

1. This makes the Shelter's operation possible. An average of 24-32 adults are served each night. Volunteers allow the Shelter to operate more safely by increasing the number of staff without increasing costs. 2. Working together to meet the needs of others helps foster community strength within faith-based and civic groups which comprise the COAST membership. 3. Volunteers experience satisfaction in helping shelter guests. Providing a warm meal, a bed, and shower for someone who both needs and appreciates it creates a connection at the most fundamental level.

Skills Needed: 

1. Work well with volunteers, guests, shelter staff, and fellow coordinators 2. Adjust quickly to changing and challenging situations. Problems arise over volunteer availability, guest population, food delivery, etc. 3. Detail oriented and organized. Along with scheduling, training, and working with all volunteers, the Coordinator responsibility is to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed fully and correctly 4. Tailor one's efforts to successfully achieve all aspects of the purpose and mission of the Shelter. This mission may differ to some extent from QUUF's and any individual's. 5. Advertising and communication

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

1. Participate in Shelter volunteer orientation and training 2. Food Handler's Certification 3. Training by staff and site supervisors on how to react immediately to difficult situations with guests 4. Well defined Shelter policies and practices deter guests from aggressive, inappropriate, and unsafe behaviors.

Contact Person: 
Sandy Tweed
Contact Person Email: 
sltweed@gmail.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Sandy Tweed
Date Filled: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Hours per Month: 
10

Green Sanctuary Committee Chair

Facilitate meetings and help promote the 7th UU principle to “respect the interconnected web of all existence of which we are a part”.  

Detailed Description: 
Work with staff, board liaisons, Social Justice Council, and the greater Jefferson County community to further the purpose of the committee. The Committee encourages the congregation to learn about and take action to promote sustainability and care of our environment. We encourage personal lifestyle changes and congregational practices to reduce our carbon footprint. We work to heal environmental injustices, especially those affecting native peoples. We strive to incorporate ecological conscience in religious education and worship. Our theme since 2015 has been “Global warming, climate justice and the Salish Sea”. Activities that are undertaken depend upon the passions and interests of the individual members and opportunities that often arise – like a new movie opportunity, or whom we select for the EcoHero Award. Examples of committee action include conducting environmental audits, collaborating with Social Justice Council efforts to promote Climate Justice, sponsoring films and presentations with other groups, supporting environmentally related RE programs and services, and advocating for legislation that promotes our values.We usually meet once a month. Time required is about 6-8 hours most months (September – June) but more in October (Harvest Festival), March (World Water Day), April (Earth Day), and if other elective opportunities arise. Term 3 years.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

For those seriously concerned about the future of life on earth, this committee is a great way to feel like you are doing something about it. Sharing concerns and positive actions with like-minded folks can be a great relief. The chair of this committee has a great opportunity to learn and exercise leadership skills and get to know other leaders through the Leadership Assembly. The congregation benefits from the work of the committee, since the committee offers ways that everyone can contribute to help address environmental crises and climate disruption.

Skills Needed: 

Passion for doing something about Global Climate Disruption, Ability to prepare for and facilitate meetings, willing to motivate people to take action, able to listen and be accepting of different opinions, Patience with small steps in the right direction.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Outgoing chairs are willing to work closely with incoming chair.

Contact Person: 
Peg Hunter, Patrick Johnson
Contact Person Email: 
spiritbearpeg@gmail.com, patrickjohnson01@gmail.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Hours per Month: 
8

Denominational Affairs Committee Chair

Lead the committee that works to publicize and promote the values and concerns of Unitarian Universalists beyond the Congregation walls.

Detailed Description: 
The chair convenes periodic meetings that include discussion of denominational concerns, UUA proposed statements of conscience, etc. The committee apprises QUUF membership and encourages attendance at the national General Assembly and the Pacific Northwest meetings. You work with the QUUF Social Justice Council and publicize national and regional events, utilizing bulletin board displays and posters.
Service Term: 
3 years
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

Chair and committee members gain knowledge of the broader concerns of Unitarian Universalists. The congregation gains an education in areas covered by the UUA.

Skills Needed: 

Ability to communicate, some computer skills, organizational ability are helpful in this role.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Former committee chair, committee members, workshops at General Assembly and PNW meeting.

Contact Person: 
Julia Cochrane
Contact Person Email: 
willowtree@olypen.com
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled
Service Opportunity Filled By: 
Julia Cochrane
Date Filled: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Expected Service Opportunity Term End: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Hours per Month: 
3

Common Read Coordinator of the Social Justice Council Steering Team

Lead the annual Social Justice Common Read program.

Detailed Description: 
Each year the UUA chooses a social justice book as a common read. A decision needs to be made – will we use the UUA book? Will we choose our own? The coordinator organizes this process and organizes any discussion groups as follow-up. The Coordinator begins this process in September or October when the UUA’s choice is announced and asks for volunteers to read this book. Coordinator orders books to share; some readers may purchase their own. Readers discuss with the Social Justice Council Steering team and decide on a book. Then a series of plans must be made: will the book discussion be an ALPS class? What format will be used to discuss the book? Who will organize, recruit, and facilitate the discussion? Estimated time per month is 3 hours per month during the service which will end after the book discussion in the spring.
Service Term: 
3-6 months
Benefits for the Volunteer and the Congregation: 

The common read books are inspiring, and that benefits to both the coordinator and the congregation. The discussions are informational and are linked to UU principles. Being the coordinator is a way to make connections and build community.

 

Skills Needed: 

Coordinator should have good organizational skills and the ability to follow up and communicate.

Training, assistance, and safety requirements: 

Chairs will assist.

Contact Person: 
Diane Haas
Ministry Team: 
# of positions available: 
1
Availability: 
Position Filled