Thank You for Supporting Women and Girls

Our Fellowship's Women's Fund team goal for membership in Group 61 of The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem was 48 members, and we are thrilled to report that we are now 55 members strong!   We gave a total of $6,200 in member contributions, which gives us five votes on the slate of proposed grants later this year.  Thank you for joining together to create social change for women and girls in our community. Thank you, Andi Ostberg, Caroline Davenport-Ersoff, Anne Garvey Co-Chairs of The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem, Group 61  

Cooking Demonstration

Delicious by Shereen will present a demonstration of Middle Eastern cooking and a shared lunch in the Fellowship’s kitchen on Saturday, April 13 from noon until 2:30 pm. Sponsored by SAC and Interfaith Women of Worship, this event is free. Donations are encouraged and will go to support refugee women in our community. Space is limited to 8 UU attendees. Contact Martha Eller (marthaeller@gmail.com or 336.661.5565) ASAP to reserve your spot.

Hurricane Relief Trips

We have completed 4 successful Hurricane Relief trips and are now planning more for the next few months. FEMA estimated that 16,000 homes were eligible for funding, cleanup, and minimal reconstruction by approved Faith Groups and Contractors. Much remains to be done. We'll next select a location for a 3 day visit in May where we can be housed, fed and given meaningful reconstruction work. No experience is needed and children with their Parents or Guardians are eligible. Let the EcoSolutions Committee know if you would like to be informed of future trips. We want to do what we can to get people back into their homes and communities. Contact eco@UUFWS.org for more information or to express interest.

April Share the Plate: Piedmont Environmental Alliance

The April Share the Plate recipient is Piedmont Environmental Alliance, a non-profit started right here at the Fellowship that brings together people, organizations, businesses, schools, and government agencies to build a more environmentally sustainable community. In 2005, the Fellowship gave a $1,000 micro-grant to a small group of UUs to host an earth day celebration. Those funds were used to establish and host the first Piedmont Earth Day Fair. Shortly thereafter, the non-profit Piedmont Environmental Alliance was founded. The first Board of Directors was made up almost entirely of UUs and ALL the volunteers at the first couple Fairs were UUs. On April 13th of this year the 14th annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair will be held at the Fairgrounds. This event, which started in our parking lot, has grown to one of the largest in the state, with attendance regularly between 8-10 thousand. Piedmont Environmental Alliance has grown too, from an all-volunteer organization, to an established and recognized community leader with three paid staff members and a Board full of highly talented and accomplished sustainability professionals. The work of the organization has expanded beyond the fair and workshops and into the local schools. Click for more details. Let’s SHOW THEM SOME LOVE! Be generous.

Share the Plate - March 31, 2019

One week only! This week's Share the Plate recipient is Siembra NC. Siembra NC is a project of American Friends Service Committee started in 2017 to develop the leadership of Latinx immigrants to enable them to fight detention, deportation, wage theft, and other forms of injustice. Siembra builds immigrant leadership teams in Alamance, Forsyth, and Guilford counties and supports grassroots efforts across North Carolina to stop the criminalization of communities of color. For more information visit Siembra's Facebook page.

Nominations for the 2019 Jo Dawson Volunteer Service Award

Volunteerism is an essential part of our Fellowship. Each May, we honor a person, couple, or family who has made significant contributions in time and talent to the Fellowship. The Volunteer Service Award Committee will select the recipient(s) from nominations received from you, our members, supporters and friends.. The deadline for nominations is April 14. Click for full details and online nomination form. Paper forms available in the foyer.

"Dinner and a Play" Ticket Deadline is March 30 for April 6 Performance

The Fun and Games Committee is again sponsoring a Dinner and a Play program at Winston-Salem’s Theatre Alliance, and you don’t want to miss this one.  The play is Memphis , a musical that won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Book, Best Musical and Best Score.  It also won two Astaire awards and two 2015 Olivier awards in London.  It’s an upbeat play with a lot of laughs and a lot of 1950’s rock n roll.  We have reserved 20 seats for the Saturday, April 6th, 8:00 p.m. performance at the group rate of $16 plus a $.50 service fee.  We will gather at the 4th Street Filling Station for dinner at 5:30 p.m.

EcoSolutions Announces The Climate Fix Project

The Fellowship EcoSolutions group announces a new workshop series on Climate Change. Using the best seller "Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming," edited by Paul Hawken, as a guide, the project will address the most effective solutions that we as individuals, faith organizations, businesses and communities can do to reverse global warming. The Climate Fix Project illuminates ways we can overcome the fear, confusion, and apathy surrounding climate change, and take action. FREE and open to the public. Click here (https://tinyurl.com/eco-emails) to receive reminders if you are not already receiving EcoSolutions emails. We will meet the Fourth Thursday of the month, excluding June and July, from 6:30-8:00. Click to view a video on the project and learn more.

Regional Social Justice Workshop for UU Congregations

The UU Justice Ministry of NC’s “Becoming a Justice-Making Congregation” workshop will be held at the Eno River UU Fellowship of Durham from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 23, 2019. This workshop is designed to give UU social justice leaders and activists the frameworks, tools, and skills they need to help their congregations assess their current work for justice, engage in meaningful, relational, and transformative justice work, ground their social justice work in our shared faith and values, and increase the visibility, effectiveness, and impact of their justice work. Anyone and everyone who is involved in social justice work (including those from other faith communities in our area) are invited and encouraged to attend. More information and registration: bit.ly/SJ323.

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