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!
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.
We always need extra help at our garden project which grows food for the Arlington Community Services food pantry. Please contact Alice at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about volunteer opportunities. No experience needed. She will meet you at the garden and show you what needs to be done. The more volunteers we have, the more food we can grow for our neighbors in need!
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.
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.
Any member or guest interested in UUCJ’s environmental efforts is encouraged to attend. Brief updates will be given and future plans discussed. All are welcomed!
We are on pace to donate 1500 pounds of foodstuffs by June 30. We are currently at 1440 pounds as of June 12 delivery to ACS Food Bank.
If we keep this pace, we can make 3,000 pounds by December 31. We did little over 2,000 last year and that required a last minute run to BJ’s. Keep up the good work and thanks for your generosity to those in need.
Saturday, February 11th (10-1)
Meet at UUCJ’s garden (growing food for pantries) located at Tree Hill Nature Center (7152 Lone Star Road 32211-East Entrance) to help us tend the beds. Tools provided. Bathrooms on site. Wear work clothes and bring gloves if you have them. The more help we have, the more food we can grow!
Saturday, January 7th (10-1)
Note: This event has been cancelled.
The Arlington Community Services (ACS) food bank is always in need of more food to distribute to Arlington residents in need. We challenge our members to each bring a can a week to the church. The donations are collected in a bin and on shelves located outside the Sanctuary doors on Sunday mornings, so you can easily leave your donations as you enter the service. The list of needed items is as follows:
- canned meats
- dry beans
- green peas
- cold cereal
- dry milk packets
- pork and beans
- plain rice