Special Collection: Arlington Community Garden

The Arlington Community Garden provides fresh produce to our needy neighbors. Lynne Paradise of our Green Sanctuary Committee will tell us about the unique needs of the garden. Our monetary contribution will enable the garden to flourish as a much needed outreach of our congregation.

Special Collection June 30: Girls Rock

Girls Rock Jacksonville’s mission is to cultivate self-empowerment and positive identity development in girls, trans, and gender non-conforming youth through music experimentation, DIY media and peer collaboration. The Girls Rock camp will be held at UUCJ again this year at the end of July. We welcome the opportunity to host such a wonderful summer program. Thank you for your generosity.

Special Collection News

The Special Collection Committee sent a check for $1035 to Don’t Miss A Beat!   It was an inspirational performance by the All Star singers! It was gratifying to hear the words of Ulysses Owens Jr. about the effort he and his family are making to bring excellence through music to these children.  Thank you for your generosity towards this outstanding organization.

Make Us Smile

Do you shop on Amazon? Sign up on Amazon Smile to have a small portion of your payment allocated to UUCJ!  It’s easy and seamless.  Go to www.smile.amazon.com to register and name UUCJ as your recipient non-profit. Then, when you want to purchase an item on Amazon, sign on at www.smile.amazon.com.  The site is identical (including Prime), the process is automatic, and the prices are the same as the regular Amazon site.  And UUCJ gets a few cents for every purchase.  Since we registered as a recipient non-profit about a year ago, UUCJ has received $89.  We know many of us use Amazon — if all of us signed up for Amazon Smile, we could make some serious cash!

Online Portion of The Service Auction Now Open

This is the Silent part of our Service Auction, it includes art, household and garden items, wearables, furniture, collectibles and collections, many of them treasures donated by our members who can no longer keep them.  We think you will find the items both interesting and useful, all with very reasonable starting bids.  Getting there is easy, just click on the link below, registration is required the first time you visit, visits afterward just require email and password, all information is safe.  <

https://charityauction.bid/2019UUCJSilent%20Auction

Last year we opened up a Dessert Bar at the 2nd break of our Live Auction, it was a hit!  We will do a repeat performance, but need your help…please consider donating a dessert, just drop if off in the Social Hall Sunday May 19th on your way to service, we sure would appreciate it!  We still have a few volunteer slots open for the 19th, contact Darlene Larsen: fundraising@uucj.org  Thanks to all who have already donated their Gifts of Time and Talent, Services and Items, what a huge team effort this is, but what fruit it bears!

Donation Time for Service Auction

The Service Auction (Sunday, May 19th) will come faster than you may  think, so now is a great time to submit your donations, at the moment the Fund Raising Team and I aren’t too overworked… but we will get  busier. Avoid the rush, donate now! Service Auction donation forms are available on the website, E-Blast and Facebook, you can get a hard copy  on the church door and Social Hall bulletin board or contact us at: fundraising@uucj.org. We need all donations to be in by Thursday, May  9th (so we can get them printed in the catalog) We are excited to  receive and make available all of your interesting, unique  services…what a source of enrichment for the members of our UUCJ  community!

Great News from The Special Collection Committee

Thanks to your generous support UUCJ has contributed $3000 to READ USA! As a result of your efforts, a READ USA book fair which allows every student to choose three new books will once again happen at Arlington Heights Elementary on May 21. Delores Barr Weaver will be matching our funds and every contribution to READ USA! With her generous matching grant 35 Title One Schools and over 16,000 children will be participating in book fairs this year. Every dollar donated will not only be matched but every dollar goes to books for kids as this is a 100% volunteer organization. If you have not had an opportunity to contribute, you can donate on line at www.readusainc.com or contact Meg Rohal.

Service Auction

Our service auction this year is Sunday, May 19th, we will feature both a  Live and Silent Auction in the Social Hall.  A preview of the Silent Auction will be on line a few weeks before the event, more on this later.  Our Fund Raising Team will be busy soliciting donations by email, phone or person to person during the months of April and May. Hope that many of you will consider donating to this unique and creative auction…what a  way to showcase your treasures and talents while raising funds for our UUCJ Community!  Themed Dinners and Get Togethers, Classes, Workshops, Tickets, Unusual Items and more… all make great donations.  Don’t miss the opportunity to get involved (whether big or small) in this truly special happening!  Contact Info:  Darlene Larsen, email: fundraising@uucj.org

Special Collection: READ USA

Last year through the generosity of UUCJ, a READ USA book fair took place at Arlington Heights Elementary School. Every student at AHE took home three brand new books that they chose themselves just before summer vacation. Since 2011, READ USA has provided more than 30,000 books to over 10,000 students in Duval County Title One Schools. 100% of your donation will go to new books for students at AHE as READ USA is entirely a volunteer organization. Please contact Meg Rohal if you have additional questions.