Serving Locally

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One of the most active areas of mission and outreach at UCC Norwell is serving local organizations that are helping those in need. Participation in these and other programs is open to everyone and we invite you to join us in our work. Here are just a few examples of how our members and funds are helping locally. If you have questions regarding these local Mission and Outreach ministries, please contact the team leader, Mark Newby, at [email protected].

City Mission Society

This urban social justice agency unites communities and transforms individuals through service, education and advocacy, crossing religious, racial and class lines. UCC Norwell collects toys and clothing at Christmastime so the organization can distributes them to children who may otherwise not receive a gift in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. www.cmsboston.org/

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM)

Mobilizing congregations and communities across economic, religious, racial, and ethnic boundaries so that, in partnership, we can work more effectively for a just society. CMM is the greater Boston area's oldest interfaith social justice network. Founded in 1966 by faith communities to address poverty, housing, and racial justice in Boston and to link urban and suburban congregations in just, transformative partnerships, CMM has tackled the most pressing issues facing our communities for 42 years, working to build Dr. King's vision of Beloved Community for all citizens. www.coopmet.org/

C.O.P.E.

The C.O.P.E. Center provides HIV outreach, education, counseling, and testing to individuals at highest risk for HIV and opiate overdose, including injection drug users and their sexual and drug-using partners; sex industry workers; gay and bisexual men; immigrant populations; and other populations disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. The C.O.P.E. Center staff is trained and experienced in offering supportive, non-judgmental assistance to individuals experiencing substance use issues and other high-risk behaviors. The Center operates under harm reduction principles, which include practical strategies that reduce negative consequences of drug use and other high-risk behaviors. Volunteers from UCC Norwell sit on the Board of this organization. www.projectcope.com/

Food Circle

A mission of UCC Norwell, the Food Circle was started over 20 years ago. Its purpose was to make use of day-old bakery items and produce that would otherwise be thrown out by supermarkets each day. Although we are no longer allowed to collect produce, most days someone goes to the Shaw’s, Stop and Shop, and Panera Bread stores to receive perfectly edible food that would be required by the stores to be thrown out. We then distribute the goods to food pantries, rehab facilities, elderly housing, shelters, etc. around the South Shore. These items are gratefully received, appreciated, and well-used. Can you help? We need more volunteers that could sub every now and then when our regular drivers are away or ill. (This is usually an early morning outing.) It is not a huge commitment of time, and you could help just on occasion, or once a week if you were interested. It is rewarding to see how appreciative people are for their food, and we feel great knowing that good food is not going to waste! If you are interested, please contact Rena at [email protected]. Thanks so much!

Friends of Boston's Homeless

 (Updated description will be here soon!)    www.fobh.org.

Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore

Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore is dedicated to helping homeless families by providing shelter for several families a night in temporary shelter buildings primarily in Weymouth and Norwell. Also food, clothing, furniture, shelter education and advocacy may be provided. Their goals are to help: ---Build stronger parents, children and families; ---Secure education and employment opportunities; ---Find safe and affordable permanent housing; ---Every family work toward functional self-sufficiency. www.friendsofhomeless.org

Friendship Club

An offspring of the Friendship Home, numerous volunteers assist these clubs in Norwell, Quincy, and Duxbury for people with developmental disabilities, ages 22 and older. By sharing crafts and talents, everyone looks forward to “Club Night” with fun, friendship and respect for all.  www.friendshiphome.net/our-programs/friendship-club/

Lumunos

Formerly called [email protected], UCC Norwell pastors and church members have collaborated in programs with this leading Virginia-based educational group that empowers people to explore, discern and act on their many gifts and “call” in the complexity of their daily lives for the good of God’s world. Lumunos is a leading organization empowering people to explore, discern and act on their many gifts and calls in the complexity of their daily lives for the good of God’s world. Resources, events and trainings provide experiences of hearing call; tools for discerning call; and trainings for organizations wanting to provide systems and structures to support call. www.lumunos.org/Home.htm

Norwell Food Pantry

Founded in 1991, the Norwell Food Pantry, located at the Norwell Town Hall Gymnasium, 345 Main Street, provides food, clothing and toys to community individuals and families in need. UCC Norwell collects non-perishable donations and recruits regular volunteers to help deliver food to those unable to get to the Pantry.  Shopping hours at the pantry are Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00pm. Donations are accepted at the Town Hall, just outside the gym (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) www.friendsofnorwell.org/

The Outdoor Church

The Outdoor Church is an ecumenical church for homeless and street-involved men and women in Cambridge MA. We take the church out onto the street to those who cannot or will not reach it on their own. The Outdoor church provides spiritual and material benefits to a homeless population ranging in ages from 18-80. www.theoutdoorchurch.org

PAIR

The Political Asylum/ Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) is the leading provider of pro bono immigration legal services to asylum-seekers and immigrants unjustly detained in Massachusetts. In FY 2010, PAIR coordinated pro bono attorney representation that exceeded $8 million, and overall PAIR has a 95% successful outcome in its asylum cases. PAIR provides hope and a new beginning to asylum-seekers, torture survivors and immigration detainees through your help. www.pairproject.org/

Prison Book Program

Prison Book Program gives books to individual prisoners in the United States. Prisoners have limited access to educational materials, and we provide them with free books for personal development during incarceration. We do so because education is a powerful tool that reduces the likelihood that a prisoner will return to the prison system. www.prisonbookprogram.org/index.php

Quincy Crisis – Esther Sanger Center for Compassion

This Christian faith-based outreach agency provides food, meals, a 24-hour crisis hotline and visitation to those who have fallen through the cracks of traditional approaches of meeting human needs. UCC Norwell provides financial support and a team of volunteers who cook and deliver meals to hungry people and people in need. www.sangercenter.org

Sharing Inc.

Sharing has been promoting, organizing and supporting ecumenically based Good Friday Walks since 1972. Sharing is focused on rural poverty in the southern states. The majority of grants in recent years have been sharply focused on the needs of children - supporting, gifted, committed, caring groups who are making a difference in the lives of children who suffer the dual oppression of economic poverty and racism. Each year Kay Doherty, Sharing's founder, travels south and evaluates organizations that receive support from Sharing. www.walkingongoodfriday.org

South Shore Interfaith Coalition Against Human Trafficking

The mission of the Coalition is to provide education and raise awareness about human trafficking in churches and communities-locally, nationally, and globally. They seek to advocate for the elimination of this modern day form of slavery. The group has conducted quarterly human trafficking awareness forums in the area for adults and hands-on Bags of Hope workshops for area youth groups, teens and parents.  For more information - Contact: Marilee Cantelmo  Email: [email protected]

South Shore Habitat for Humanity

UCC Norwell founded the SSHFH, part of the ecumenical Christian-based volunteer-driven organization that builds homes in partnership with families in need. SSHFH sells homes at cost with interest-free mortgages in 32 towns and cities south and southwest of Boston. www.sshabitat.org

Wellspring

Wellspring's mission is to provide support and skills to people facing challenges to their financial, physical or emotional wellbeing in order to help them achieve independence and self-sufficiency. www.wellspringhull.org/

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UCC Building with Habitat in Duxbury
Rehoboth House Day of Service
Drawing of Second Norwell Habitat Home
Jean McNeil cutting insulation at Whitman Habitat House
UCC Habitat work day in Stoughton 2011
UCC Workday at Norwell Habitat House May 2012