Community outreach has long been an integral aspect of congregational life at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach.  As a tangible expression of our Fellowship’s mission to “seek justice for all,” the SUnday FUnd was established in 2010.  The SUnday FUnd financially supports predominantly local organizations and projects that provide service, education, advocacy, or witness consistent with Unitarian Universalist principles and values. Contributions to the SUnday FUnd include undesignated plate offerings during Sunday services.

Each year members and friends of the congregation nominate worthy organizations to be supported by the SUnday FUnd.  Print your form today and return it to the SUnday FUnd mailbox in the office. The SUnday FUnd Committee gathers information about the nominated organizations and decides which ones will be recipients of SUnday FUnd proceeds for the following year.

The SUnday FUnd began on October 1, 2010.  In its first four years of existence, SUnday FUnd contributions totaled more than $34,000.  UUFVB has supported many organizations through the SUnday FUnd proceeds.  These include Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of IRC, Camp Haven, Crossover Mission, Dasie Bridgewater Hope Center, Every Dream Has a Price, Feed the Lambs Enrichment Program, Gifford Community Cultural & Resource Center, Inc., Gifford Youth Activities Center, Gifford Youth Orchestra, Guardians for New Futures, Homeless Family Center, Literacy Services of Indian River County, Rivers Coalition, Safespace, St. Francis Manor, Voices for Children, and Youth Guidance of Indian River County.

The five organizations being supported during the 2018-2019 fiscal year are:

Camp Haven: (a new organization for the SUnday FUnd)

Camp Haven helps the residents of Indian River County recover their lives, providing shelter and stability while residents rebuild their lives with professional counseling, job opportunities, hope and encouragement. The goal is for the residents as they move from homelessness to hopefulness, eventually becoming active, engaged, contributing members of our community. “Ending homelessness begins with the understanding that people who are or have been homeless are our neighbors and members of our community.”

Gifford Community Cultural & Resource Center, Inc.:  (a new organization for the SUnday FUnd)

Their mission is creating and building life skills for under served girls, through a transformational education community. Engaging educators, parents, and partners to expose these youth to training and experiences beyond their normal environment, thereby improving academic, social, financial, and life skills.  The Center also recently opened Gifford Historical Museum.

Gifford Youth Orchestra:

Gifford Youth Orchestra teaches children to play stringed instruments, prepares them to enter orchestras in middle school and high school, and gives them an opportunity to perform.  The program emphasizes team building and character building as well as musical education.

Literacy Services of Indian River County:

Literacy Services provides quality literacy tutoring to local adults through one-on-one or small group tutoring. It served 334 residents in IRC last year; 76% were ESOL (English for speakers of other Languages.)

St. Francis Manor: (a new organization for the SUnday FUnd)

“Providing affordable, independent apartments to senior citizens on a limited income in an attractive, safe, socially supportive environment.” St Francis has provided for over 40 years, and this spring will see the opening of two new buildings providing 18 one-bedroom apartments for couples.

 

Our congregation also has a long history of addressing hunger in our community. On the second Sunday of each month, all undesignated contributions to the plate offering are given to the Food Pantry of Indian River County.  This “Sharing of Sustenance” program began in 1989 and is separate from the SUnday FUnd.  It is administered by the Fellowship’s Social Justice Steering Committee.  All other Sundays are celebrated as part of the SUnday FUnd.