At UUCJ we are committed to making a positive impact in our community. Our service projects are not just about doing good work; they are also about building connections and relationships with others who share our commitment to justice and compassion. We believe that by working together, we can create real and lasting change and create a better world for all.
Arlington Community Services
Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville (UUCJ) has an ongoing partnership with ACS through food drives and the giving of supplies and financial resources. We collect food donations at our Sunday services and a group of volunteers, known as the “UUCJ/ACS Teamsters” deliver the donation to ACS every week. Our average annual donations for the period from 2019 to 2022 were 4832 pounds. We also support ACS through the Arlington Community Garden at Tree Hill Nature Center: We donate the food grown, and it is the only produce they get from the community.
We support ACS financially through our special collections. Both food and cash donations are encouraged.
You can drop off your donations on Sunday at UUCJ or deliver donations directly to ACS, reminding them this a donation from UUCJ. Because of their limited refrigeration, please contribute non-perishable items.
🍞 Current Pantry Needs
$1000 Start-Up Consortium
Our East Nassau Satellite supports $1000 Start-Ups Consortium through their special collection and volunteer-work. It was created by our member Leah Ward-Lee. $1,000 Start-Ups is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization offering an entrepreneurship, financial management, and life skills training program at no cost to adults, including up to $1,000 business start-up funding. Its mission is to provide economic and re-entry opportunity by training and funding low-cost business start-up for potential entrepreneurs from traditionally marginalized or at-risk communities and to build a consortium of businesses who mentor, support and grow with each other.
Serving the Homeless
A group of Fernandina island women including several UUCJ members from our East Nassau Satellite support a homeless drop-in center. We coordinate donations, manage the group’s finances, prepare and deliver healthy, mostly fresh meals including home-baked breads, fruits, and vegetables as well as essentials such as personal care items. Several UUCJ members are involved in preparing meals for Gracie’s Kitchen serving roughly 300 people each night.
Two UUCJ members from our East Nassau Satellite are members of the Sonofarious quintet. The group donates all fees to charity and in early August raised over $2,300 for Global Giving’s Ukraine Refugee Relief Fund.