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Mission Outreach Programs

We at The United Church of Christ, Southbury seek to be a true Christian community where we care and serve each other as we grow in our relationship to God. Outreach is the visible expression of our congregation’s passion for service. We believe that we are the hands and feet of Christ in the world. Service to others is at the heart of our Christian faith. Our goal is to support mission locally, nationally, and globally in our wider UCC church goals and vision.

Below is a sampling of the primary outreach and caring programs of our Church. There are opportunities to participate both directly and indirectly in our outreach efforts.


Brass City Harvest

Brass City Harvest is an urban agricultural organization that makes fresh food accessible to their patrons. The mission of Brass City Harvest is, "To encourage self-sufficiency and healthy lifestyle choices for low-income, at-risk populations through collaborative partnerships, supportive services, and a sustainable community food system”. In order to help accomplish their mission, Brass City Harvest works with more than 21 local farms, orchards, dairies, and greenhouse growers to provide Connecticut grown produce, beef, poultry, dairy and greenhouse products to satisfy the needs of their patrons and clients. 

How we help

How you can help

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Comfort Caps For Chemotherapy Patients

Made from colorful cotton prints and lined with soft cotton knit jersey, "comfort caps" are intended to bring lightweight warmth to heads that have temporarily lost their covering of hair due to chemotherapy.

How we help
The making of the caps has been an annual project at UCC Southbury, and began when Carol Schmidt, a church member, read a story about comfort caps and sent away for the pattern.  She contacted the Leever Center and a partnership was formed. We cut, sew, pin, iron and stitch more than 70 caps, which are then delivered to the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center in Waterbury.

How you can help
Purchase and donate fabric and/or sewing supplies.
Join us and help cut, pin, assemble, sew, and iron. No experience necessary.
Help us deliver our completed comfort caps to the Leever Center.

Contact
Kim Friend


Covenant to Care For Children

Covenant to Care for Children channels the generosity of caring and faithful people to advocate for, and provide direct assistance to Connecticut’s children who are neglected, abused and/or impoverished.

How we help
We partner with a social worker in Connecticut to, as far as is possible, provide for the necessary and special items needed for all of the children in that social worker’s caseload. This augments the provisions of the State, often assuring greater stability in the life of a child.

How you can help
Help with emergency needs, including providing beds and bedding, cribs, car seats, furniture, clothing and food.
Purchase requested items for the Christmas Gift Giving Tree.

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Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) serves people who are experiencing homelessness or living in poverty by providing food assistance and services that promote health, community, and equity.  DESK operates an Evening Meals program, offering a hot dinner and bagged lunches, as well as weekly Food Pantry and a Summer Kids Pantry program.

How we help
We will be serving at the Soup Kitchen in New Haven on the fourth Thursday of every month. We can take a maximum of 8 people and will meet in the Church parking lot at 4:15 pm, returning about 7:30 pm.

How you can help
Gather a group of families or friends and commit to joining us.

Contact
Pete Peterson


GradNite At Pomperaug High School

Pomperaug High School GradNite continues to be an important and special night for the graduating class of PHS. GradNite is designed to be a fun, safe alternative to keep our young adults safe on one of the most important nights of their lives.

Each year, the GradNite committee members volunteer their time and talent to make GradNite a reality. Planning begins in September and continues all school year to create a secret-themed “night to remember”. The graduating class is treated to an entire night of fun, food, music, and games, culminating with an exciting round of door prizes followed by a delicious hot breakfast. Then, we proudly send our graduates off to face the world.

GradNite is only possible because of the continued and generous support of the entire Southbury and Middlebury communities. Parent and business donations have helped fund this special night for over two decades. We need the support of our communities to continue the GradNite tradition. Generous financial contributions to GradNite make this memorable event a reality for each and every graduate of Region 15.  Together, we can work together to provide a safe, alcohol and drug free memory for our graduates.

How we help

How you can help
Make a tax-deductible contribution
Volunteer time

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Green Thumbs

How we help

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Mother's Day Diaper Bag Project

  

How we help
In honor of Mother's Day, filled diaper bags are donated to Waterbury and St. Mary's Hospitals and the Waterbury Soup Kitchen. These bags are given to new, needy mothers as they leave the hospital. Not every mother-to-be receives a baby shower, nor can every family afford the many items that a first baby requires. But a mother’s needs and desires for her new baby are no different from those of every mother, and that's where our congregation can help.  

How you can help
Provide diaper bags, baby toiletries, onesies and other items.
Make a monetary donation.
Help us assemble the diaper bags.
Drive or help our driver deliver the diaper bags.


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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Made in prayer, the shawls are passed on hand-to-hand and heart-to-heart. Some work alone, others work in groups, passing the work in progress around a circle asking each person to add some stitches to the shawl, or to just hold it for a while to add their prayers and good wishes. Before giving it away, the shawl is blessed, remembering the one who will receive this gift.

How you can help:

  • Join us in knitting a shawl.

  • Purchase yarn or knitting needles for the knitters


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Safe Haven

Safe Haven provides emergency shelter and free comprehensive support services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Services provided include individual and group counseling, legal advocacy for civil and criminal matters, counseling and advocacy for children including art therapy, information and referral, and outreach to the Hispanic community and education. Safe Haven is committed to ending violence and sexual assault by changing the social conditions and beliefs that perpetuate violence against women and children.

The Southbury office is located at 88 Main St. South Suite 203 B.
Southbury office phone number: 203-262-8700.

24 Hour Hotlines: Domestic Violence: 203-575-0036 | Sexual Assault: 203-753-3613.
For more information please visit Safe Heaven's website.

How we help

How you can help
Donate items or gift cards from the Safe Haven Wish List. (current wish list - Diapers, Baby Wipes, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Non-perishable food orGift Cards from Walmart, Stop and Shop Walgreens, or CVS)
Help us put together comfort bags for mothers and children that come to the shelter. 

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Southbury Food Bank Adopt-A-Shelf

The Southbury Food Bank strives to eliminate hunger in our community. Non-perishable food items are given along with a food voucher to a local grocery store, where clients may purchase meat, milk, eggs or other perishable items. The Food Bank does a basket program for the Holidays and sponsors a year-round Adopt-A-Shelf Program which helps to sustain our town's ever increasing food demands by keeping the shelves stocked each month. Applications are available at the Social Services/Elderly Services office.

The Food Bank is located at 88 Main St. South in Southbury.

Hours of operation for Southbury Food Bank are:
Wednesday & Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Saturdays (2nd and 4th Saturday only) 8:30 am to 10:30 am

Please visit Southbury Food Bank's website for more information.

How we help
Our congregation will collect and donate a minimum of 70 cans of beef and vegetable soup for our shelf. We will then assign a volunteer to come in and stock our shelf each month. 

How you can help
Purchase soup and place in the red tubs found in the Narthex or outside the Church Office.
Make a monetary donation.
Drive or help our driver with monthly food delivery.
Help stock our food shelf at the Southbury Food Bank.

Contact


Southbury Needy Fund

The Southbury Needy Fund operates on a year-round basis helping Southbury residents when there are no other sources available. They work with the Town of Southbury Social Services Department and schools providing help. Assistance includes emergency car repairs, eye exams and eyeglasses, electric and telephone bills, pharmacy, medical and dental bills, rental assistance insurance bills and organized school trips. The Fund also provides tuition for local children to attend the Park and Recreation camp and pays for some field trips.

Funds collected by the Needy Fund are used to purchase clothing for the children during the Holidays, including items such as winter jackets, sneakers and snow boots. The Southbury Police also do a toy drive at Kmart, volunteering all of their time to the two days when the collection is going on. The funds also help to defray the costs of college books for qualified students pursuing a degree.

All funds collected go to the families in need and all services and materials are donated.

How we help

How you can help
Purchase requested items.
Help sort and organize donations of clothes and toys during the Holiday Drive.

Contact


Youth Mission Trips

Under the title "Halos and Hammers", the group seeks work that will involve humanitarian or disaster relief. 

How we help
2018 - Southbury, CT
Our SPF Mission Trip this summer was an incredible experience and right in-town! Due to the tornado that wreaked havoc on our beloved Southbury we made the ultimate decision that the best place for us to go this year is right at home. We helped 4 of our community members, in Southbury and neighboring towns, recover from the storm. Four may seem like a low number to some of you, especially if you have been with us for a long time (as last year was an astounding 15 families!), you can just imagine how much work had to be done at each home! 

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How you can help

Contact
John Bucciarelli, Mission Trip Planning Committee Chairperson


Waterbury Soup Kitchen

The Waterbury Soup Kitchen offers hot, full-course noon meals to the poor and homeless. The mission of the Soup Kitchen is to provide decent meals to the hungry, who are not capable of providing for themselves. Total meals served - 350 per day .

How we help
We deliver sandwiches, meals, fresh fruit and desserts the first Monday of the month.

How you can help
Provide ingredients or baking tins to be used by our volunteer cooks.
Work out of your home or in our kitchen to prepare meals, desserts.
Provide fresh in-season vegetables or fruit to be delivered.
Drive or help our driver with monthly food delivery.
Gather a group of families or friends and commit to cooking together.

Contact
Jandi duBois