Articles, Reflections, & Announcements

 

 

Changes for Kearney Volunteers

By Janet Temkin

The Social Justice Committee would like to notify potential UUCT volunteers of the newest changes at Kearney Center and an increased need for volunteers. Click here to see all of the changes announced by Kearney Food Services Director, Bill Schack, that will provide a safer environment for our volunteers in this Pandemic time.

UUCT has signed up to prep and serve lunches on the first, third and fourth Tuesday of each month. We will be assisting with dinners on the second Monday of each month. We need 4-5 volunteers at each mealtime.

Kathryn  Schroeder is now our UUCT coordinator and is seeking volunteers willing to work at the Kearney Center. Please email Kathryn at 10kmanglin@gmail.com for more information or to sign up to volunteer. We thank Will Adkins for his past service as coordinator,

Please find some time on your calendar to help feed the vulnerable population of the Homeless.

 


Endowment Update

By Kenneth Kent

Since January 1, 2020, the UUCT Endowment Fund (the Fund) has grown by 29.75 percent. This growth, primarily attributable to increases in the value of the US stock market, has pushed the Endowment Fund from just under $950,000 to over $1.2 million.

The Endowment Fund consists of six accounts, five of which are with the Vanguard Group and one with the Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF). Investments are in an S&P 500 index fund, an International stock index fund and 2 balanced funds consisting of a mixture of stocks and bonds.

Going forward, the Endowment Committee will look at moving these investments into socially responsible funds. Current candidates are Vanguard ESG funds which invest in companies that rate well for environment, social and governance factors and the UUCEF.

 


FAAST Is Here To Help!

By Carolyn Pardue

What is meant by Assistive technology? Assistive technology is any device, software, hardware, tool, or gadget that helps an individual who has a disability live, play, or work. Persons with a disability includes a disability a person is born with or a disability acquired at any age.

The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Inc. (FAAST) is the assistive technology program in Florida.

FAAST…
… assists individuals, who have disabilities, access and aquire assistive technology devices. Devices for mobility, hearing, learning, driving, living independently are available.
… has a device library which allows people to borrow a device to take home and try out for themselves!
… has a financial loan program so individuals who have disabilities can apply for financial loans to purchase assistive technology OR to help make modifications to their homes and vehicles.
… assists with training and demonstrations for assistive technology.

FAAST also accepts donated assistive technology and durable medical equipment from the community. That donated equipment is given to persons without the financial resources to purchase it.

Questions regarding assistive technology? FAAST is here to help! Contact by phone at 1-844-353-2278, email info@faastinc.org, or visit the FAAST website at www.faast.org.

 


Drawdown Ecochallenge Status

By Ed Oaksford

The UUCT’s Canopy Road Crusaders Team is currently 12 strong. This week the team amassed 363 points with our current cumulative in day 35 of the challenge standing at 3,917 points. We’ve watched 3 documentaries, spent 1,750 minutes exercising, 505 minutes learning, consumed 183 meatless or vegan meals, spent 1,290 minutes being mindful of our environmental impact, spent 1,565 minutes outdoors, eaten 181 more servings of fruits and vegetable and eaten 58 zero waste meals.

However, we need more folks to join our team for the remainder of the challenge that goes until June 30th. It’s easy to join, just go to http://drowdown.ecochalleng.org and join our team the Canopy Road Crusaders with the password Chalice. We hope to see your name show up on our team list.

 


SUUSI (Southeast UU Summer Institute)

By Karen Share

The SUUSI (Southeast UU Summer Institute) catalog is up!!

This year is again FREE and ONLINE, so you can enjoy SUUSI from your couch July 17 – 24. It’s nowhere near the in-person experience, but it’s a small taste!!

Registration opens May 15th.  Use the link below to sign up.  Note:  There is a small fee for some workshops.

https://www.suusi.org/index

 


Volunteer Opportunity – Auditor

By Dan D’Arcangelis

UUCT’s Manual of Policies and Procedures calls for an ad-hoc audit committee to perform an internal review of our financial accounts and procedures every two years. The board is looking for volunteers to do this important work. A financial background is not necessary and there is a checklist from the UUA to help ensure a thorough review. While this is a significant project, prior volunteer auditors tell us that it can be done by one person, or alternatively a small committee, within a couple of weeks. Members performing these audits cannot be serving on the finance committee or serving in positions directly related to UUCT’s finances.

So are you detail oriented and willing to review our financial records and interview our treasurers? If so, please let the board know – email ddarcangelis@gmail.com.