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. 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.
Five organizations will be supported during the 2019-2020 fiscal year including three new organizations for the SUnday FUnd. They are:
Dogs For Life (new)
Improves the quality of life by training hearing and service dogs primarily for veterans and first responders. One of only five Florida locations certified to provide vets VA reimbursement. Many of the vets return to train others, and the dogs are provided free to vets and citizens. Dogs For Life also maintains an off-leash dog park.
Indian River Volunteer Ambulance Squad (new)
The Squad provides free, non-emergency medical transportation for all residents of the county. Service is provided Monday to Friday by a team of 70-plus volunteer drivers. This 501c3 is supported solely by donations. There are only two paid positions and no government funding.
Samaritan Center for Homeless Families (new)
Long term transitional facility for the homeless in Indian River County with programs to develop life skills needed for successful re-entry to mainstream society. Open to all faiths and is strictly non-denominational
Gifford Community Cultural & Resource Center, Inc.
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.
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.