Other Local Initiatives
About Other Local Initiatives
Kennebec Valley Organization (KVO) is a consortium of religious organizations, union locals and social service agencies that gather to identify community needs and design strategies to effect public policy decisions addressing those needs. UUCC has been actively involved with KVO, and our currently focus has been on maintaining and strengthening services to senior citizens throughout Kennebec Valley.
Economic/Worker Justice. In the spring of 2011 the UUCC Board of Trustees voted to be a public ally for issues of worker rights justice. There is no identified contact person at this time. If you are interested in leading in this area contact Rev. Carie Johnsen. Information regarding particular events or advocacy work will be found in the Flaming Chalice.
Family Violence Project. The congregation has a long history of partnering with Family Violence Project (FVP) to foster education and raise awareness around issues of domestic violence, elder abuse, teen dating violence, and bullying. We support the vision of FVP through share the plate, adopting a family during the holidays, and educational events.
Augusta Food Bank (AFB) provides residents of Augusta and Manchester with groceries to help bridge the gap between their current circumstance and adequate nutrition. UUCC members generously donate food, money, their time volunteering at the food bank and serving on the board of the AFB. For more information on how you can donate or get involved please watch for details in the church bulletins and newsletter or contact the UUCC representative to the AFB.
Neighbor to Neighbor Partnership: UUCC partners with members of The 209 Church (formerly St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Prince of Peace Lutheran) as well as unaffiliated volunteers, to help reduce hunger and poverty in the local neighborhood. UUCC members generously support the following Outreach Center programs (formerly St. Mark's Parish hall): First Saturday Public Suppers, the Augusta Food Bank, Addie's Attic clothing bank and the Essentials Pantry.
Capital Area New Mainers Project is a cross- cultural organization that welcomes immigrants and works to create a thriving, integrated, multicultural community in central
Maine. The mission of the project is to help secondary refugees (those refugees who were settled in one U.S. location and moved from that location to the Capital Area) with housing, education (adult & public), transportation, food, furniture & housewares. UUCC was a founding member of CANMP and supports a Mentor Team to help a primary refugee family adjust to their new life in Augusta. Many people from the Augusta UUCC are members of
the group and are involved in activities to meet its mission. Information regarding particular events or advocacy work will be found in the Flaming Chalice and announcements.
Uniting for Racial Justice: Making Our Way Together To Conscious Engagement
Racism is pervasive and racial injustice requires of us a willingness to stay tuned in, informed, ready to take risks, make mistakes, be called out on our white privilege and do better. Our
Unitarian Universalist principles and history call us to close the gap between our values, our actions and our beliefs. People of color living across the nation need us to stand in solidarity as
comrades in the work to dismantle racism in all its insidious, nefarious and sundry forms.
Our efforts to support the work of the Maine Wabanaki-State Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Maine Wabanki REACH has offered multiple ways for members of UUCC to reflect, engage and advocate for the first people of Maine. UUCC is a host site for REACH Ally trainings in central Maine. Several members have completed the training. Stay informed about future ally trainings by reading the Flaming Chalice newsletter and Weekly E-blast.