Arlington Community Services Update

We are encouraging individuals to take food contributions to Arlington Community Services because of the continued need for their clients.

Carlos has talked to ACS Staff and worked out delivery protocol. We will unload groceries (not using reusable bags) at the back door keeping our distance from other donors.

When groceries are all by the back door, we will ring the bell and step away from the appropriate social distance until they take groceries into the back room.  We plan to label our donation as being from the UU Church of Jacksonville.  ACS will e-mail me with contribution total.

I suggest that you follow this process to reduce interaction with ACS volunteer staff that is interacting with the ACS Clients.

Here is their address:
1450 Rogero Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Donating to Arlington Community Services

UUCJ members and friends contributed donations 66 pounds the week of March 8. There were no contributions at UUCJ because there were no services. Our donor of last resort donated 64 pounds for this week. There is concern that since we are not having Sunday Services ACS will not receive donations  when there is a great need . (The shelves were empty earlier this week.)  If you are near Arlington Community Services, please drop contributions directly and just tell them you are a UUCJ donor. Here is their address:

1450 Rogero Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Note from Mary Louise Weber, Executive Director of ACS: We are in need of food. We are open Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-noon. We can accept donations during these hours. Thank you for continuing to support us during this uncertain time and helping us share God’s love.  Current needs are: pasta sauce, canned pasta, mac and cheese, cereal, dry milk, fruit, jelly, pork and beans, crackers, and bar soap.  Thank you for your generosity!


Arlington Community Services Update

Mary Louise Weber, Executive Director of Arlington Community Services, is most grateful for your wonderful “Souper Bowl of Caring” contributions in February. We so appreciate you. We fed 229 clients, 20 homeless, and assisted 10 clients with rent. Thank you for helping us share God’s love in Arlington!

Current needs are Canned Tuna, Canned Chicken, Canned meat, Canned tomatoes, Dry potatoes, Hamburger Helper, Pasta sides, Rice sides, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Pasta sauce, Crackers, Snacks, Laundry detergent, Bar soap, and socks for our homeless folks. We are so very thankful for your generosity!

We had a low week for contributions this week with only 20 pounds, with one donor giving eight cans.  We were saved from this low by Arlington Community Garden that contributed 70 pounds in February.  UUCJ’s weekly donation average is 81 lbs.  While we are on pace to donate more than in 2019, we have to remember the empty shelves at ACS and the increased number of ACS clients.  Thanks for your generosity, and please look at the list above to purchase donations for the coming week.

Thanks Again for Donations to Arlington Community Services

I wanted to use the recently written UUCJ Purpose Statement, “We encourage personal spiritual growth, generosity, inclusivity and engagement in with social justice,” to thank you for living your purpose via the food donations to Arlington Community Services.  UUCJ has donated 310 pounds of food donations in February. Thanks again for continuing efforts of the Arlington Community Garden to provide fresh produce to ACS. If everyone who attended Sunday service brought one or two items each week, we could easily increase our donations this year. Let’s fill those empty shelves at ACS!

Great! 121 Pounds in Food Donations to Arlington Community Services

As Tony, the Tiger would say: “GREAT!”  UUCJ members outdid yourselves for the second week in a row. Carlos delivered 121 pounds of groceries on your behalf to Arlington Community Services. The pictures of the empty shelves helped in making the point that they needed our contributions now and for the next few weeks. We have averaged 82.2 pounds per week since the beginning of the year.  Let’s keep this pace going for a few weeks. Thanks again!

Arlington Community Garden has Saturday Hours!

Our grower, Nichole King, has added Saturday morning to her hours to make it easier for our congregation and the Arlington community to participate in the garden’s efforts of growing food for those in need. She will be there every Saturday from 8:30-11:00 am and would love extra volunteers. Please come to help or just to see how our garden is growing. The garden is located at Tree Hill Nature Center’s amphitheater and bus entrance off Lone Star Road, just 5 minutes from our camps.

The Shelves Are Getting Bare at Arlington Community Services

On February 3, Mary Louise Weber, ACS Executive Director, thanked all donor organizations for the January donations. She indicated the Arlington Community shelves are getting bare. ACS is grateful for the holiday food drives, but our neighbors need food in all seasons. Arlington Community Services fed 340 clients, 24 homeless, and assisted 13 clients with rent/JEA.

Their current needs are:  canned tuna, canned chicken, canned meat, canned tomatoes, dry potatoes, Hamburger Helper, pasta sides, rice sides, rice, peanut butter, jelly, pasta sauce, crackers, snacks, laundry detergent, and gently used children’s books. We are so grateful for all you do!

UUCJ has donated 305 pounds to date. As Mary Louise indicated, the shelves are bare.  I helped unload large size donation from local Church in December, and we had to store boxes on the floor.  Please do what you can Sunday. Here is a link to photos of Arlington Community Services shelves and our own Linda Leon, who volunteers on Wednesday: .

Arlington Community Services Update

We exceeded our goal of 3,000 pounds of food contributions from Sunday collections and the Arlington Community Garden! Thanks to all of you who made that happen.

We have raised our goal for 2,020 to 3,200 to continue our practice of service to the Arlington Community via our food contributions. You have donated 117 pounds so far this year, including 8 lbs. from Arlington Community Garden. Donations of 62 pounds per week will put us at 3,200 at the end of 2020.  It makes Carlos’ day when he delivers your contributions to ACS on Mondays and they weigh the groceries in. Thanks to Linda Leon, who volunteers at ACS and backs Carlos up when he cannot make deliveries.

We previously reported that the Special Collections for ACS raised over $700. Our bookkeeper Judy Anderson informed us few days back that additional contributions came in, bringing the total to $1,072!

Arlington Community Services Update

A joyous Happy New Year to all! UUCJ members and friends, you contributed 3,115 pounds of groceries to Arlington Community Services during 2019. The 2019 total contributions are high for the four years that we have been tracking donations. Last year’s total includes the produce grown and contributed by Arlington Community Garden. This December, we helped to feed 319 clients, 18 of them homeless, and assisted 15 clients with rent/JEA.

Our accumulated total food contributions to ACS for the last four years is 11,075 pounds.

We have set the goal for 2020 at 3,200 pounds and hopefully we will be able to exceed it! Thank you to those who bring something regularly. We hope this continues. However, if everyone who attended services brought one or two items each Sunday, we could easily exceed our goal.

We very much appreciate the $732 in donations raised for Arlington Community Services the Sunday before Christmas and Christmas Eve. We were hoping to exceed $1,000 to facilitate rent and utility subsidy that ACS helps out when individuals are having a crisis. If you did not get a chance to donate, you can go to the giving page on our website and make an online donation. Please annotate the gift as going to the Special Collection for ACS.

Current grocery needs are: dry potatoes, Hamburger Helper, pasta sides, rice sides, rice, jelly, pasta sauce, laundry detergent, snacks, and gently used children’s books. We are so grateful for all you do!

Hooray! 3,014 pounds in Arlington Community Services Contributions!

Thanks to you for continuing your Sunday contributions and to the Arlington Community Garden for their donations to Arlington Community Services.  UUCJ has matched its previous high of 3,000 pounds achieved in 2017.  We have three more opportunities to donate food toward ACS: the next two Sundays and Christmas Eve. Remember, on Christmas Eve we will be taking groceries, but our goal will be to raise $1,000 in cash to support the ACS efforts to help with utility and rent shortfalls.

Merry Christmas from the ACS Support and Transport Group: Linda Leon who volunteers at ACS, Barbara who is my backup, Marianna Van Hyning, our previous coordinator, and Carlos Fraticelli.