UU Asheville continues to explore ways to live into our values by supporting local and UU organizations that challenge us to put our faith into action. Below are a few ways you can be involved:

BeLoved Pantry Installation
UU Asheville is sponsoring a pantry stocked with necessities for those living on the streets and/or living in poverty

When? December 5 immediately after the post-service  Christmas Caroling the pantry will be installed. Starting in November, you can donate items to a bin outdoors on our back porch.

Where? The Charlotte Street Pantry will be located across from City Bakery. The pantry will be next to the sidewalk and just in front of the chain at the parking lot. You can pull right up to the pantry in the parking lot and easily fill it from your vehicle. 

How can you get involved?

  1. Become an Adopter. Commit to gather donations from the UU bin (or use your own) and fill the Charlotte Pantry on a certain day/s of every month . Schedule at www.volunteersignup.org/TXRAE . We will need an Adopter every day to fill and check on the pantry. Don’t worry if you are out of town. Ask a friend or contact Anita Feldman: anita.feldman@hofstra.edu . Cell: 516-375-9919.
  2. Become a Sustainer: Make a commitment to bring your donations once a month any time to the UU bin on the back porch. Schedule at www.volunteersignup.org/TXRAE
  3. Be a Random Filler: visit the Charlotte Pantry whenever convenient to check on it and fill it up.
  4. Be a Random Donor: Donate items or even ask neighbors and friends to donate too. Deliver to the UU bin when convenient.

Click below for details and a list of supplies.

Winter Pantry Supplies

Adopter Instructions

Tree of Hope and Happiness – Year 2

Why? For a second year, UUCA is partnering with Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School to bring holiday joy to students and families. Sand Hill-Venable is a Buncombe County school with a diverse student body and high level of economic need 

How? UUCA members will have the option to shop for a specific child, or to provide gift cards to give families the option to shop for their children. 

What? You can select an ornament with gift details from an actual Tree of Hope and Happiness at our caroling event on December 5, or from our virtual tree (link coming soon).  Gifts can be delivered either to the school (154 Sand Hill School Road in Asheville) from 8am-2pm the week of December 6th, or to UUCA at the cookie exchange and tree decorating on 12/12 (you can also reach out to Laurel Stolte at laurel.stolte@bcsemail.org if you need to coordinate a online delivery).

UUSC & Guest at Your Table: Supporting Human Rights
What? The UU Service Committee (UUSC) advances human rights by partnering with grassroots organizations.  They often partner with groups not helped by any government or NGOs.   Examples are working with Rohingya access to education and health, indigenous peoples in Louisiana and the Marshall Islands to fight climate change and human rights for Maya communities in Guatemala. Join us for a UUSC Sunday service Nov. 14, 11:00 AM

Why? The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee once a year asks for your support in strengthening our UU values in the US and the world through Guest At Your Table.   

How? You can help through your contributions.  Normally, we would have boxes for congregants to add a small donation each day of the holiday season.   This year during COVID, you can mail your contributions directly to UUSC, 689 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139.  We have envelopes which you can pick up at UUAsheville during office hours which are 9:30 – 2pm on Mondays and Tuesdays 
One can be mailed to you if you email Deb Holden at djholden51@icloud.com.  
In all cases, be sure to note you are a member of UU Asheville on your check.  Any donation, makes you a contributing member of UUSC!