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Around the HUU Fellowship

  • The first Sunday of each month, HUU has a Potluck lunch after our service. Also on the first Sunday, the HUU Social Justice Committee will sponsor our “Feeding the Community” food drive. We encourage you to bring what you can on that and future “potluck Sundays” to help Patchwork Pantry in assisting those in need who live in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Items most needed now are beans/pork & beans, peanut butter, jelly or jam, cereal, fruit, beef stew, mac & cheese, spaghetti, and spaghetti sauce, and soup, though any nonperishable items are welcomed. Patchwork Pantry can also use nonfood items, including paper towels and bar soap, as well as money donations. To find out more about the pantry, see and/or pick up one of the Pantry newsletters on Sunday. Thank you for helping feed the community!
  • To encourage the use of Fair Trade coffees, teas and cocoa, and chocolate bars, the Social Justice Committee is making these products available at the church for purchase by church members and friends. One-pound bags of coffee are available, as well as tea and cocoa and chocolate bars. Please let - Martha Sider  -  know what types of product you would like to buy so we can try to order it. Read more about the program. (This is an off-site link.)
  • Don't throw away those printer cartridges!  Bring them to HUU to be recycled. HUU will get money for them. Box is now posted at the greeter table for your spent cartridges. Only virgin cartridges PLEASE. If you buy cartridges at half the normal cost they are most likely virgin cartridges that have been recycled. Cartridges can only be recycled once. Fliers are also available at the greeter table that explain the program and list the cartridges that are recyclable. Encourage deposits from your work place or places of business you frequent. The more me collect, the more money we raise.
  • How Can I become Member of HUU? You don't need to wait for a special time to join. You may become a member of HUU at any time, preferably when the time feels right for you. If that time is now please talk to one of the Board members - - or some one on the membership committee - Our only requirements for membership are that you share generally in the principles of this congregation and UUism -- as you understand them -- and that you contribute to our community, both in time and financially, as your conscience guides you.

Around the Harrisonburg Community -

  • Patchwork Pantry, a food pantry that donates groceries to people in need, appreciates gifts of food. Please bringPatchwork Pantry. garden produce to the kitchen of Community Mennonite Church, 70 South High Street, Harrisonburg, on Wednesday evenings between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. (use the north entrance). Nonperishable food items may be left in the kitchen at any time the building is open (call 433-2148 for hours). The Pantry often needs volunteer help when open on Wednesday evenings, especially while university students (who supply regular staffing) are on vacation. Contact CMC at 433-2148, or Chris Edwards (540-434-0457; , for contact information on current volunteer needs.
  • The Volunteer Payee Project, sponsored by the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Community Services Board, is in need of volunteers. The Project serves disabled persons who have been determined by Social Security to be incapable of managing their Social Security benefits. The main requirement for being a volunteer is a desire to help and an ability to balance a checkbook. A Volunteer Payee receives the client's Social Security check and uses it to pay for the client's food, clothing, shelter, and medical expenses. The Volunteer Payee works closely with the client's case coordinator to set up a budget but the Volunteer Payee does not have regular contact with the client. The CSB case coordinator is responsible for any negotiation with the client about his/her budget. This opportunity to serve requires only a very limited amount of time per month but can make a very significant and positive difference in the life of a disabled person. Having this type of assistance can make the difference between being homeless and having decent housing. If you may be interested in becoming a volunteer, please call MaryAnn Kreider at 434-1941 or Betty Lahman at 298-8222 for further information.
  • The Valley AIDS Network uses volunteers to provide direct physical assistance and social support to persons living with HIV and AIDS in the Central Shenandoah Valley. For more information, please contact Valley AIDS Network by phone at (540) 568-8838 or (800)648-5302 or by e-mail

Social Justice at HUU -

  • The UUSC (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee) works on Social Justice issues throughout the world. If you would like to sign up for their weekly email bulletins go to:
  • SVE – Shenandoah Valley Equality - Formally known as SVGLA - Shenandoah Valley Gay & Lesbian Association. The purpose of SVE – Shenandoah Valley Equality is to create a safe, affirming, and fun environment where members are empowered to reach their full human potential.  To find out more or to receive their monthly newsletter contact them at :
  • New Bridges, a local service organization was formed to address the spiritual, emotional, social, and cultural needs of immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley, empowering them to become interactive participants in the community and congregations. For more info contact: Susannah Gerber Lepley, Program Director, 70 S. High Street, Harrisonburg, 22801, 438.8295, email:

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