UU Service Committee
We help people to deepen, connect and engage by engaging with communities suffering injustice and cooperating with them in respectful activism
It’s about love crossing borders
This Task Force supports the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), which promotes human rights at home and abroad. The UUSC works in partnership with local grassroots organizations by providing grants, training, education and political empowerment. The four areas of emphasis are:
- economic justice
- humanitarian aid in crisis situations
- civil liberties
- environmental justice
Our Task Force educates children and adults at JUC about the work of the UUSC through programs, movies, and trips abroad to visit partner organizations. The UUSC Task Force raises money to support the work of UUSC through memberships, sales of fair trade coffee, and holiday cards. We also support a scholarship program for Guatemalan children impoverished by civil war. For more information on the Guatemalan scholarship fund, including how to donate, go to www.uuguatemalascholarship.com.
The Guatemala Scholarship Partners have been busy! We provide tuition funding that allows more than 40 students to continue their education. We provide financial support for a tutor working directly with our students to ensure their success. Our book donations have doubled the size of the Rabinal Community Library and donations of sewing machines and materials have led to the Sewing Project and Mayan Women Art. Contact – Gretchen May
Family Trip to Guatemala July 18th-25th, 2017
Would you like to meet our scholarship students, visit their schools and spend the day with the women seamstresses and weavers of Pacux? We are looking for parents and teens to make connections with the Mayan community we support.
Our partnership with the Guatemala Scholarship students and their community extends beyond financial support to include intercultural exchange trips that have been life-changing for past participants. This time we are organizing a family trip to Rabinal that will be designed for teens 13 & older (rising 8th graders) and their parents. The trip will be eight days long from July 18th to 25th 2017. Highlights of the trip will include home and school visits with the scholarship students, shadowing one of the Mayan Women Art members during her day and sharing her family’s meal, taking a boat ride to visit the displaced community of Rio Negro and sharing cultural traditions, music, art, dance and more during the intercultural exchange gathering. Through these personal contacts and visiting the Museum of Community Memory, participants will learn about the history of the Maya Achi people. Contact: Lisa Bickford, trip leader