Opportunities to Serve
We have many opportunities to volunteer within our Society and in the greater community. For information on how to reach the contact persons mentioned below, please call or email our office, 413-253-2848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistance with Weekly Worship
In service of our Society, volunteers may provide flowers or a live plant for the chalice table, set up the sanctuary, collect the offering, help greet at the door, provide simple refreshments for social hour, or update the sign outside with the title of the next Sunday service (and name of guest speaker, if applicable). Contact the office to find out how to get involved!
Cot Shelter Volunteering
Volunteers from our UU Society and South Congregational Church prepare a dinner and/or bring it to the Interfaith Cot Shelter in Northampton on the 1st Thursday of each month (November-April). Contact: Maria Lydia Spinelli.
Dedicated Offering Committee
Help recognize and support organizations engaged in projects that reflect UU principles. Recipients of this monthly offering are suggested by people in our UU Society. Contact: Carolyn Holstein.
Support practices of sustainable living and spiritual connectedness to the earth. The Green Sanctuary Committee has an annual Connecticut River Cleanup that always needs help. All ages welcome — and you need not be on the committee to take part! Contact: Jeff Clark.
Just One Thing
Donate food or other supplies to the Amherst Survival Center one Sunday a month by placing them in a basket in the foyer. A list of suggested items will appear in the emailed weekly announcements. Contact: Mary Beth Seminario.
Library and Archives
Help maintains the lending library in the Conference Room and preserve important documents, photos and other UUSA materials. Contact: Maria Lydia Spinelli.
Assist the Wednesday Community Breakfast program. Contact: Sophie Rogers
Meetinghouse & Landscaping Committee
Help to maintain and make minor repairs to the meetinghouse and grounds. Organize maintenance and clean up days twice a year. Coordinate regular inspection or maintenance needs. Solicit bids/hire contractors for major repairs. Contact: Tom Fricke.
Not Bread Alone Volunteers
Prepare and serve lunch in one of two shifts on the 5th Saturday of the month at Not Bread Alone, a soup kitchen at First Congregational Church in Amherst. Dine with guests and help clean up after. Contact: Mary Beth Seminario.
Social Action Committee
Become involved in important issues concerning social and constitutional rights, and hands-on support of local organizations. Contact: Mary Beth Seminario. The Social Action Committee also helps out with the weekly “Not Bread Alone” program to prepare a free meal in Amherst every Saturday, and coordinates UU members and friends to prepare a monthly meal at homoe to deliver to the cot shelter in Northampton. Volunteers are always welcome.
Welcome visitors who want to see and learn about our Tiffany window, especially during Amherst Arts Night Plus, the first Thursday of the month (we participate April – October). Contact: Janis Gray
Sunday Services Committee
Plan worship services for when the Minister is not in the pulpit. Contacts: Mary Herman and Steve Rice.
Wednesday Community Breakfast Volunteers
Help with breakfast in our Social Hall in partnership with Craig’s Doors – a Home Association, Inc. This weekly community breakfast is free and open to the public. Shifts: Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. or 9:00 – 11:00 .m. Contacts: Clare Bertrand and Sophie Rogers.
Welcoming Congregation Renewal Committee
Explore possibilities to deepen our UU Society’s commitment to LGBTQ+ individuals. Contacts: Shawn MacLaren and Pat Rector.
Other volunteer opportunities are available. Contact the church office for more information.