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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Operation Christmas Child
Help a Needy Mother
In honor of Mother's Day last year, the Board of Missions and Fellowship donated 50 filled diaper bags to Waterbury and St. Mary's Hospitals and the Waterbury Soup Kitchen thanks to your generous donations. These bags were given to new, needy mothers as they left the hospital. Not every mother-to-be receives a baby shower, nor can every family afford the many items that a baby requires., but we can help. Think about how much joy we can bring to these moms who leave the hospital with a diaper bag filled with baby clothes and supplies.
The Board plans to pursue this project once again this year for Mother's Day. Filled diaper bags will be given to Waterbury Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital and GWIM (unfortunately, new babies are part of their clientele).
If you would like to help with this project, we will be collecting the following items over the next several weeks:
Diaper Bags (a few more needed)
Diapers (Newborn - 6 mos)
Baby Toiletries (Wash, lotion, wipes)
Baby Wash Cloths
Onesies - Size 0-3 months
Cotton Sweatpants (Newborn 6 mos)
Infant PJ’s - Newborn-6 months
OR a monetary donation
Any and all donations will be most appreciated
If you have any questions, please call Barbara Butler at 203-788-8593.
There are special Missions envelopes included in your church bulletin for monetary donations. There will also be a table set up in the Social Hall through May 5 where you can stop by. A labeled box will be there, and then will be moved to the area outside the Church office for donations made throughout the week. If you would like to make your baby gift in honor of someone, we have special Mother’s Day “In Honor of You” cards available. The diaper bags will be assembled on Saturday morning May 11, blessed in Church on May 12, and then delivered to the hospitals following the service.