opportunities to serve
Sunday 3/4/2018 12 - 4 PM: Stop and Shop Food Drive
Volunteers needed to collect food at the Hingham Stop and Shop, and deliver food and donations after the food drive. Food drive to benefit Hingham Food Pantry. Please contact Kate Philbin at any Fellowship hour in February to volunteer.
Sunday 4/8/2018 Noon: Forum Discussion at Parish House
Forum discussion led by Ken Read-Brown and featuring Seth Purcell, an immigration lawyer with the PAIR (Political Asylum/Immigration Representation). PAIR provides free immigration services to indigent asylum-seekers and detained immigrants, assuring fairness and access to justice. Learn more about this organization and opportunities to volunteer at this forum.
Special Plate Collections
January 2018 - $890 was collected for the Martin Luther King outreach program at St. John's
December 2017 - $1295 was collected for Guest at Your Table
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
The Social Justice Council has investigated the volunteer opportunities at the agencies listed below. Where we maintain an active group of Old Ship volunteers, program details are given.
Coffeehouse off the Square
The Coffeehouse offers topflight folk music and also provides budding singer-songwriters and poets a chance to be heard, one Saturday a month from September to May, The Coffeehouse contributes its net proceeds to support the UU Service Committee and also contributes to shared investments for churchwide use, such as tables, chairs, chair racks, and the new Parish Hall lighting.
Opportunities: Join the committee to help with program development, set-up and refreshment sales
Contact: Jim Watson
Father Bill's Place
Old Ship supports this homeless shelter in Quincy which also provides job training and living skills. For many years, along with other volunteer groups, Old Shippers have been preparing and serving meals for the residents. Old Ship youth occasionally serve meals as well.
Opportunities: Join one of six meal teams to prepare a main dish for the evening meal at the shelter, once each quarter on a Monday or Thursday.
Contact: Fan Leonard (781) 749-2852
Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore
Old Ship hosts the annual holiday party for this organization and its clients. This year's party will be held on Tuesday, December 12th, from 5 to 9 PM, at the Old Ship Fellowship Hall. If you would like to help with cooking or serving the meal, help families get their food and drink to their tables, or help with clean up after the meal please contact Judi Flaherty.
Additional Opportunities: contribute to, or volunteer directly with, Friends of the Homeless, donate furniture to their furniture bank
Contact: Director Rev. Herb Newell
Green Sanctuary Team
The team works to affirm Old Ship's "respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part" by promoting activities that inform and support UUs to sustain life on earth.
Contact: Turner Bledsoe, Conni Gorfinkle or Laura Burns
Hingham Food Pantry
Based at Second Parish UU in Hingham, the food pantry serves primarily Hingham families in need. Old Ship supports the Food Pantry through donations of food and other staple goods in the box at the Parish House entry as well as running a Food Drive annually in the spring. Click here for the Pantry's list of ongoing needs.
Contact: Belinda Arams
Holly Hill Farm, Cohasset
Along with its retail and educational programs, the farm grows vegetables for Father Bill's under a Community Outreach Grant.
Opportunities: help spring and fall to harvest last crops and prepare beds.
Contact: Janice McPhillips 781-740-8782
School on Wheels
Educational support for homeless kids at locations in Norwell, Stoughton, Brockton.
Opportunity: One-to-one tutoring to a K- 12 child one hour per week, 3 month minimum. Training provided.
Contact: Robin Gilbert 508-587-9091
Wellspring Multi-Service Center
Based in neighboring Hull, Wellspring has a variety of programs to support people in financial, physical, or emotional need. Educational programs develop literacy, financial knowledge, business skills. The facility also houses a thrift shop, book store and food pantry.
Opportunities: Store assistant, Food Pantry assistant, reception assistant, maintenance helper, fund-raising assistant. Schedule at your convenience. Teach or tutor ESOL, literacy skills, financial management, nutrition, test prep, transition to college, home repair, business interviewing.
Contact: Lisa Cronin-Smith 781-925-3211