Our justice focus is to end racial and economic inequities in local education.
UU values are grounded in an active commitment to peace, fairness, equity, and compassion. We practice this commitment through a variety of social justice projects and community partnerships. Our Social Action Council (SAC) coordinates those activities that are sponsored by the Fellowship, but you will find our members reach far and wide in the community supporting UU values. For many of us, community activism is a spiritual practice.
Below are projects that are currently active in the Fellowship. For more information, please contact a member of the SAC or email us.
Join members of the Social Action Council coordinating team, your fellow Unitarian Universalists, and others on the first and third Wednesdays/6pm of each month at the Fellowship to work on our social justice initiatives.
Piedmont-Triad LGBTQ Youth Educators Conference
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem is hosting a conference on Saturday October 28th for local educators focused on improving the experience for LGBTQ students. There are plenty of opportunities to lend a helping hand before and during the conference. Find out more by coming to one of the Wednesday evening working sessions.
Justice for Immigrants in our Community
The Immigrant Justice team is working to improve social justice for members of the local immigrant community. This team is just getting started with a lot of exciting ideas so now is a great time to help out and make a big difference.
Diversity Education in our Schools
The Diversity Education team is focused on increasing the representation for minority and marginalized groups in our public school system. Their initial project is promoting the adoption of an African American curriculum in the school system. This is a very active team with plenty of opportunity to take action.
School Involvement Team
The School Involvement Team is responsible for coordinating our outreach to schools in need within our community. As an example, one of the schools we partner with is Petree Elementary. Petree is a Title I school and many of its families cannot afford proper clothing, supplies or food. Fellowship members work together to provide necessary supplies and support for these students in need. In particular, we are funding 25 students to participate in the weekend backpack program, to help feed children when they are away from school on weekends and holidays. We will also fund a field trip for the students at the school. Title I schools cannot afford the field trips that schools in wealthier neighborhoods take for granted. We also encourage members to volunteer at the school. The students need role models, mentors, tutors, and test monitors.
This team also provides assistance to the Freedom School at Trinity Moravian Church. Freedom Schools are secular literacy programs aimed at curbing summer learning loss, increasing literacy, and closing the achievement gap. The program aims to empower children through culturally-relevant learning materials.
To serve neighbors in need, our Community Clothes Closet offers gently used clothing and shoes at no cost. The Clothes Closet address is 4045 Robinhood Road, in front of our main building, and we're open on the second Saturday of each month, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Clothing donations come from the congregation and others in our community. Donated items should be clean and in good condition, without tears or stains, and placed in the covered bin next to the Clothes Closet driveway. We also accept small toys and children's books, but please no household items. Sign up to volunteer here.
Share the Plate
We share our plate collection every Sunday with a local community organization. Each month we feature a community partner that shares our values. Every Sunday that month, we donate half of all cash and designated checks collected during our worship serives. Our Share the Plate collection program donated over $6,500 to the community last year. The agencies are selected on a annual basis. Examples of Share the Plate recipients include AIDS Care Service, The Adam Foundation, Bethesda Center for the Homeless, Piedmont Environmental Alliance, and many others. Share the Plate serves to raise awareness and funds for our neighbors in need.
Crisis Control Ministry
Crisis Control Ministry is a local organization that exists to provide people in crisis with basic needs such as food, medication and emergency financial assistance. Our Fellowship is proud to provide ongoing support to Crisis Control Ministry through regular donations of food and toiletry items. A permanent donation drop-off site is in the foyer at the Social Action Council display. Each month Crisis Control Ministry suggests an item of need and Fellowship members consistently help meet this need with their generous donations. Some of our Fellowship members also volunteer their time and talents to Crisis Control Ministry. Check out the donation baskets or request more information from a member of the Social Action Council.
UU Women’s Fund Team
A group of women in Forsyth County, including members of the UUFWS, dreamed of building the power of women’s philanthropy. Out of that dream grew the Women’s Fund initiative of the Winston-Salem Foundation. The Fund is powered by membership dues from women, singularly and in teams, who collaborate to assess and evaluate grant petitions for projects that will benefit women and girls in our community. Several teams of our UU Fellowship women participate in the organization’s annual grant awards for worthy projects that will improve the lives of local women.
We are active participants with the Cherry Street Prison Ministry, Moral Mondays and the Alternative Gifts Market and we host the WS/Forsyth County Alternative Prom.
In addition, members of the Fellowship founded the local chapter of American’s United for the Separation of Church and State (AU), Piedmont Environmental Alliance (PEA), the annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair and Vigils for Healing.
How to Get Involved
For more information about these and other initiatives relating to social action and/or social justice, please contact a member of the SAC or email us.