Arlington Community Services Update

Thanks for keeping contributions coming.  You started December with 67 lbs. on Sunday, and the Arlington Community Garden indicated they donated 6 pounds of fresh produce in November and 21 pounds in October.  If we can pull off a couple of 100-pound Sundays, we will be creeping toward donating 3,300 pounds, or maybe 3,500 is possible this year.

Mary Louise Weber, executive director of Arlington Community Services, sent us this message of thanks and has identified their most significant needs at this time:

We are thankful for so many blessings at Arlington Community Services! We had a great turnout for the Crop Walk to end world hunger. We are overwhelmed and overjoyed with so many donations of food and monetary donations in November. We were able to feed 340 folks, 23 homeless, and helped 12 with rent and utilities. As we celebrate the holidays, we ask for the following to help those less fortunate in our neighborhood: Hamburger Helper, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin, dry potatoes, canned meats, canned pasta, pasta sauce, Jiffy cornbread mix, snacks, mixed vegetables, canned potatoes, laundry detergent, socks for the homeless, and gently used children’s books.

Thank you, and have a blessed holiday season!

Arlington Community Services Update

Thanks again for your contributions — you exceeded 100 pounds (105) for the second time in November! Donations this month have been 56, 110, 77, and 105.  Thanks for the uptick in contributions as Arlington Community Services continues to feed less fortunate in Arlington Community. Our YTD total is  2,784 pounds that includes Sunday and Arlington Community Garden donations.

Arlington Community Services Update

You are all on a roll! UUCJ Members and Friends donated 110 pounds of groceries this week, bringing the YTD total to 2,602 lbs. You gave 56 lbs. last week. I project that we keep this pace that we will exceed our goal of contributing over 3,000 pounds. The cupboards are still bare at Arlington Community Services. How about another 100 pounds next week? Thanks for helping feed those who are less fortunate.

Update from Arlington Community Services

Calling on All UUCJ Members with food in their cupboard to continue your efforts to help those in need in the Arlington area by continuing to donate to Arlington Community Services (ACS).  UUCJ members and friends gave 56 pounds this week and 54 last week.   ACS needs the following items:  Hamburger Helper, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin, canned meats, canned pasta, pasta sauce, Jiffy cornbread mix, snacks, mixed vegetables, and canned potatoes.  We, all ACS donors, including UUCJ, helped feed 361 folks this month, according Mary Weber, ACS executive director.

Arlington Community Garden has a new Grower! 

Welcome to our new grower, Nichole Butterman! She will be working with the JU students and is looking forward to setting up some UUCJ volunteer days (TBA). We also want to thank Alice Shinkos for being our grower from April 2018 to April 2019. She will continue to help with the garden as her time permits. We are very fortunate to have these talented ladies involved in our UUCJ project!

Mark Your Calendars!

Saturday, March 30th at  10:00 a.m. Tree Hill/Arlington Community Garden Outing!

Green Sanctuary (GS) will be leading its first outing of 2019 to Tree Hill Nature Center and UUCJ’s organic vegetable garden (growing food for pantries, a GS project). We will meet at the garden site where our assistant grower will show us what is happening at the garden, then Mark Mummaw, Executive Director of Tree Hill, will take us on a tour of the Tree Hill campus and the indoor learning center. Tree Hill is our partner in the garden project and a hidden gem, a beautiful nature center right next door to us! Come see what we have right in our back yard! No reservations needed, just show up. Meet at 9:30 at UUCJ if you are not sure where the garden (amphitheater) parking lot is and we will caravan together.

3001 Pounds of Groceries!

Wow! You did it. You contributed 3001 pounds of groceries to Arlington Food Pantry. This is 50% increase over 2016 contributions. Please pat yourselves on the back for your efforts. The goal was arbitrary but showed the importance of a goal. What should our gal be for 2018?

This measurement of contributions does not include the contributions of Arlington Community Garden, which is a joint project with Tree Hill Nature Center where the garden resides.

Closing Strong on 3,000 Pounds – Don’t forget special collection for Arlington Community Services!

While we still want to reach 3,000 pounds hopefully this Sunday, the focus of this collection is to raise cash for Arlington Community Services (ACS).  ACS does more than manage a food pantry for its neediest residents .  They have recreational activities as well as academic and social counseling.  While they have limited funding, they also assist their clients with overdue bills when resources are available.  We are trying to fund this basket of services with the Special Collection so we are looking for as much cash as you can part with.  When locals come to UUCJ for help, we refer them to Arlington Community Services.  Before starting special collections program, we use to budget $1,000 in our the UUCJ annual budget.  We now have special collection in lieu of the budget item.  Yes, also bring the food if you can.