Ministry Partners

The United Church of Christ, Southbury helps to support a number of ministries that serve locally, in the greater Southbury area, nationally, and abroad. Below are the outreach ministries we are engaged with by providing hands on involvement and financial support. Contact Judith Eslami, Volunteer Coordinator if you would like more information on how you can serve others.


Local

Covenant To Care
The United Church of Christ, Southbury partners with a social worker in Connecticut to help provide items needed for children in that social worker’s caseload. We help with emergency needs, providing beds and bedding, cribs, car seats, furniture, clothing and food. This augments the provisions of the State, often assuring greater stability in the life of a child.
https://covenanttocare.org/

Harold Leever Cancer Center
United Church of Christ, Southbury members come together each year to make "comfort caps" for the patients at the Harold Leever Cancer Center. Made from colorful cotton prints and lined with soft cotton knit jersey we cut, sew, pin, iron and stitch 70+ caps, which are intended to bring lightweight warmth to heads that have temporarily lost their covering of hair due to chemotherapy.
https://www.leevercancercenter.org/

Pomperaug High School Grad Nite
The United Church of Christ provides financial support for this important and special night for the graduating class of Pomperaug High School. 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.
https://www.phsgradnite.com/

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Made in prayer, the United Church of Christ, Southbury gather to knit shawls which are passed on hand-to-hand and heart-to-heart. Working together, each person adds some stitches to the shawl, or just holds 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.

Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury
The United Church of Christ, Southbury partners with Safe Haven to support their work of providing emergency shelter and free comprehensive support services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Safe Haven is committed to ending violence and sexual assault by changing the social conditions and beliefs that perpetuate violence against women and children. UCC, Southbury volunteers provide toiletries and basic necessities to help them gain self sufficiency.
http://www.safehavengw.org/

Southbury Food Bank
A team of United Church of Christ, Southbury members participate in the Southbury Food Bank’s Adopt-A-Shelf Program, which is regularly accessed by individuals and families in our community. Helping to eliminate hunger in our community, volunteers donate towards our 70 (or more!) cans of beef and vegetable soup each month. In addition. members sign-up to come and stock our shelf each month.
https://southburyfoodbank.org/

Southbury Needy Fund
Members of the United Church of Christ, Southbury help the Southbury Needy Fund by providing children’s clothing, including items such as winter jackets, sneakers and snow boots for children of families identified by Southbury Social Services during the holiday season. Helping the Needy Fund’s mission in helping Southbury residents when there are no other sources available members also volunteer to sort through, and organize the donations the Needy Fund receives during their annual Holiday Drive.
http://southburyneedyfund.org/


Regional

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK)
Up to 8 members of the United Church of Christ, Southbury volunteer to serve at the Soup Kitchen in New Haven on the fourth Thursday of every month. 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.
https://www.downtowneveningsoupkitchen.com/

Mother’s Day Diaper Bag Project
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. United Church of Christ members provide diaper bags, baby toiletries, onesies and other items. Others volunteer by helping us assemble the diaper bags or deliver them to the different organizations.

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

Waterbury Soup Kitchen
United Church of Christ, Southbury members work with the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries (GWIM) to support their efforts to help people in need by providing a meal 7 days a week to those who need it. Members cook casserole dishes, assemble sandwiches, bake cookies and donate fresh fruits and vegetables to help them in this mission. Other members volunteer to transport the meals to the Waterbury Soup Kitchen once a month.
https://www.gwimwaterbury.org/


National




Global

Operation Christmas Child

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Deliver Meals to Homebound Seniors
Could you spare 1 1⁄2 hours a week to deliver meals to homebound seniors? Meal Delivery person needed at Heritage Village and the surrounding Southbury Area weekly from 9 am to 10:30am. Volunteer just once a week. Every car has a driver and a partner. You won’t be alone. Volunteers are desperately needed. Call John at the Senior Nutrition Services at 203-575-4269.


Calling All Cooks
We are looking for cooks to prepare a meal for the Waterbury Soup Kitchen. Many options are open for food from casseroles, potato/vegetable dishes, fresh fruit, all kinds of desserts, etc. Pans and recipes ideas are located in the closet marked with the chef’s hat outside the Church Offices. Meats should be cooked beforehand. Please label your dish with “Soup Kitchen” and have them in the Church kitchen any time on Sunday as we go up the FIRST MONDAY of the month. A sign-up sheet is outside the kitchen on the bulletin board. Any questions, please contact Jandi du Bois at 203-405-1640.


Comfort Cap Assembly
We are pleased to announce that Kim Friend has again agreed to lead a group in the construction of Comfort Caps for the Harold Leever Cancer Center in Waterbury. If you don't know how to sew, please come anyway. There are many jobs like ironing, pinning and cutting, and many hands make light work. Please join Kim in the Social Hall on March 16, 2019 at 9 am Please bring breakfast breads, finger sandwiches or a dessert to share.