AUUC’s Social Justice Committee and other related committees and groups provide a forum for initiating, coordinating, and guiding programs and projects with input from the congregation. The list below covers many of our current and ongoing projects and the groups coordinating service projects and activities.
Learn more about our support of local nonprofit partners through our Outreach Collections program.
Social Justice and Community Projects
Founded by UU minister Rev. Donald Robinson in 1991, Beacon House continues to provide children ages 5-18 in Edgewood Commons affordable housing, NE Washington, DC, with a safe, nurturing, and life-expanding community in which to increase their academic achievement, discover their talents, and to grow into healthy adults who achieve their greatest potential.
Through our Beacon House liaison team at AUUC, we offer service opportunities that include tutoring and donations of school supplies, holiday gifts and warm clothing. Most years, Beacon House is voted as an outreach collection recipient by the congregation at the AUUC annual meeting through which our congregation provides monetary support as well.
To join our Beacon House liaison team, please contact Nancy D., John P., or Marsha W. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about the Holiday Gift program
Learn more about Beacon House
CROP Hunger Walk
This community-based interfaith event raises funds for loaungercl h-fighting agencies as well as the international relief and development efforts of Church World Service. The Burke/Fairfax area CROP Hunger Walk involves about 20 congregations and organizations and is held annually on a Sunday early in November. The walk is about 3 miles long and is stroller/wheelchair accessible; therefore, it is great for a variety of ages.
For many years, AUUC has hosted a hypothermia shelter each winter (normally in January) for ~30 of our area’s homeless population, and everyone is invited to participate. Doing this requires a set-up crew each evening to ensure the building is ready to receive our guests and a clean-up crew each morning to ensure the building is ready for our renters. In addition to providing a warm place to sleep, we serve dinner each evening and provide breakfast bags for the morning. This requires people to bring prepared meal items to the church and others to arrange/serve the food and clean the kitchen after the meal. We also provide clothing and toiletry items for our guests. This is a family friendly event and older children (around 10) are welcome to participate in the shelter any night under parental supervision. For information, contact Ed K. or email@example.com.
No Child Goes Hungry/Accotink
AUUC partners with Halley Elementary School in nearby Lorton to provide 35 children with meal packs that are distributed to the students every week by school counselors. Like many students in Fairfax County Public Schools today, these children receive free or reduced lunch during the week, but face challenges of hunger and food insecurity 7 days per week. Our meal packs contain nutritious, non-perishable foods, and include items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Partner School in India
Each year, AUUC sponsors 23 of the poorest children in the Mawkria Unitarian School in northeast India. For each student, $40 is donated by a church member to cover the cost of books, desk repairs, a subsidy to the low-paid teacher, and incidental expenses for a year. Learn more.
Peace Promotion - Season for Nonviolence
Each year we support the Season for Nonviolence (Jan 30 – Apr 4), a time of peacemaking and consciousness-raising opportunity, inspired by the work of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fairfax Student Peace Awards
Through our Social Justice Committee, AUUC is a longtime sponsor of the Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County. These prestigious awards are given annually to local high school students and student organizations to promote and reward peacemaking efforts. In 2020-2021, despite COVID, twenty-four high schools in Fairfax County selected student recipients of Peace Awards. These students were honored in a Zoom reception. Several AUUC members are active members of the Student Peace Award Committee and work with the schools to solicit nominations.
Get Out the Vote and Voter Registration Initiatives
UUA and Accotink voting efforts include voter registration, voter turnout, and combating voter suppression, particularly in marginalized neighborhoods. Democracy and the right of all people to have a vote are at the heart of our Eight Principles. The work is nonpartisan and involves taking concrete actions. As part of this effort AUUC members and friends sent thousands of handwritten postcards encouraging voters to verify their voter registration status and vote. In addition, many have participated in phone and text banks.