We meet on the third Wednesday of alternating months at 5:30 pm at the church.
Our Mission: To make a positive impact on the community and the world in which we live by stimulating the active involvement of our congregation in social services and social justice issues.
- Communicate with congregation and community through newsletters, emails, news releases, etc.
- Fund primarily local non profits.
- Collaborate with other organizational and ecumenical groups in Buncombe County and elsewhere on social justice and social action issues.
- Include congregation in new project selection.
Our most recent survey in 2017 showed the following as the top issues: Racial Oppression, Victim/Hate crimes, Homelessness, Peace Advocacy, Immigration/Undocumented Workers, Gender Equality, Environment & Environmental Justice, Hunger. Thus our current effort will focus on these areas.
In a survey of our congregation in 2004-2005, the top issues included: Peace Advocacy, Protecting the Environment, Homelessness/Affordable Housing, Racial Oppression and Racial Bridging, and Hunger. Thus much of the early effort was in these areas.
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The Social Action Committee (SAC) collected 128 pairs of new warm socks for AHope on March 11 and 18. AHope, part of Homeward Bound, runs programs for the homeless, such as Room at the Inn. Their goal is to help the homeless move toward jobs and permanent housing, by providing phones and help with job applications. They also help with applications for food stamps and health services. One ongoing need is for new warm socks for men and women who live on the streets.
In the fall UUCSV helped to build another interfaith home with Habitat for Humanity. Starting Sep 30 and ending Dec 2 we had 6 build days to help construct a home for the Ender family of 5. Our UUCSV crew of four persons worked with others from other faiths from 8:15 am to 3:30 pm.
We also provided lunch for these two dates as well as for Saturday 11/14.
For the 13th year in 2011, the Asheville area Interfaith community came together to raise funds and help build another Habitat for Humanity house in Carney Place in west Asheville. This was the year UUCSV first joined with 15 other churches and congregations to help build the Interfaith home.
The partner family included Tanya Presha and her three children (see photo), who were overjoyed to partner with Habitat. Tanya worked for the Asheville City School system for 15 years: the last five of which she has coordinated the Dropout Prevention Program. Several years ago, Tanya made a long-term goal to own her own home. Knowing she needed to improve her education and earning power, she returned to school and graduated from Shaw University with a bachelor’s degree in social work.
Actions speak louder than words. Each year our congregation partners with additional churches in Black Mountain helping provide supper, breakfast, lunches and safe overnight stays for the 12 women in the program. By your selfless giving and caring we do make these special ladies' lives a little brighter. It is hard not to think of their courageous determination as they strive to re-establish an independent productive life, with the guidance and support of the program.
Community Bulletin Board
The Social Action Committee along with others in the wider community worked to bring about a new community bulletin board in the center of Black Mountain. Tom Motzko crafted it and it was dedicated to UUCSV member Rita Styer who was on the committee and died in November, 2010. Chamber Executive Director Bob McMurray cuts the ribbon on November 23 as Rita's family and others celebrate the opening and remember Rita's love of community and family.
On August 6, 2005, sixteen members and friends of our congregation journeyed to the gates of the Y–12 plant in Oak Ridge, TN, for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. We joined over one thousand others from all over the nation to protest the continued enhancement of nuclear weapons. This was the largest such gathering in east Tennessee history.
In addition, members of the congregation have participated in peace demonstrations in Washington, D.C. as well as local demonstrations such as the MLK Peace Walk in Asheville. Peace continues to be important to our congregation.