The Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA) has joined with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee(UUSC) to establish the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund and the Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund. October’s Sunday Offering will be divided between the two funds according to need.
The funds will assist Unitarian Universalist congregations and members of those congregations most affected by the storms. Members of the UUA staff are working closely with leaders in the Association’s Southern Region to learn where the need is greatest and how to distribute funds efficiently.
Half of the Harvey Fund is being earmarked for the Refugees and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), a Texas-based 501(c)(3) organization and long-time UUSC partner that supports immigrant families. In the aftermath of Harvey it is crucial that immigrant communities – documented and undocumented – know their rights and have access to legal services. There are growing concerns that because of recent crack-downs by local, state, and federal forces these people will be especially vulnerable and afraid to seek the help and assistance they need.
What is the Sunday Offering?
When the baskets are passed during Sunday services, people contribute cash and checks to help the recipient organization which was chosen for that month. Checks written to “EUUC” with “cause” on the memo line and all cash are tallied each Sunday. At the end of the month, a check is written for the recipient organization.