Our church is engaged in many activities in the wider community. We welcome you to join us as we seek to do good works and help our neighbors. To learn more or to get involved, come to the social action monthly meeting. All are welcome. You can also sign up for our Newsletter to receive information about upcoming events. Here are some of the ways our church gets involved:
Racial Justice Team – The Racial Justice Team works to bring educational opportunities and social action to NSUC and the community beyond. We have hosted a viewing of the film the “13th,” a community-wide read of “Waking Up White,” and have taken part in Sunday services. We meet monthly, and welcome participation in the Team meetings or in the planned activities. We also keep an updated list of resources on this important topic.
Food Bank – The NSUC Food Bank collects and distributes over $600 worth of food per month to food pantries in Lake County. We welcome canned and dry good donations. Boxes for food donations are located at the front entrance of the church. We also need shoppers to purchase additional food with Social Action funds and people to deliver food donations.
Green Team – A group committed to environmental justice and awareness, addressing education and activism around environmental concerns. We are excited to be in the process of applying for Green Sanctuary Re-Accreditation. You can read about our efforts here: NSUC Appln for Green Sanctuary Re-Accreditation.
Rummage Sale – The goal of our annual Rummage Sale is to provide gently used and new items at reasonable prices for people who can use them and to keep functional items out of our landfills. Proceeds of the sale go to non-profits in the area.
PADS Monthly Meal – We work with PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) NSUC provides the evening meal every third Sunday that is delivered to the Presbyterian Church in Deerfield. We need volunteers to help with preparation and delivery.
Lake County United (LCU) – NSUC is a member of Lake County United, a grass roots community organization that advocates for affordable housing, better access to quality health care, and education for all Lake County residents, as well as for citizenship training and services for immigrants. We need volunteers to represent NSUC at LCU meetings and/or to join subcommittees of LCU and provide communication to church members on LCU activities.
Fair Trade Coffee, Tea and Chocolate Sales – NSUC purchases and sells organic coffee, tea and chocolate produced and sold under Fair Trade rules that help small farmers earn a fair price on their products. Proceeds from these sales are used to fund environmental projects such as the purchase of wind energy. We need volunteers to sell coffee, tea, and chocolate after Sunday services.
Mitzvah Day – A day-long opportunity for all NSUC members and friends to perform social justice activities, usually in the spring.
Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI) – Organization that promotes engagement with the IL Legislative process. It keeps us informed of the up-coming bills, recommends actions to take, and organizes meetings with our legislators both at home and in Springfield.
Habitat for Humanity – Multiple times each year, an NSUC team assists with building homes in Lake County. Consider joining to help bring a home to a deserving family in our community.
Annual Holiday Fair Trade Fair – This year will be our fourth fair, held the first Sunday in December, in which we invite 4 or 5 vendors of fair trade products to sell before and after the service.
Recycling Center – We have an area of the church set aside for members to bring in items to be recycled. At present the center is being redesigned/rethought so that we are collecting items that are not easily recycled.