Our passion for social justice manifests in a variety of activities. We approach our initiatives through direct service, policy and procedural work, and fighting for systemic change.
The UUFP supports its Food and Shelter ministries, some of its environmental justice activities, and other social justice organizations through our "Share-the-Basket" program. Each Sunday, a different organization is highlighted and receives half of the cash offering from our collection basket as well as designated Share-the-Basket gifts. Contributions to Share-the-Basket and other programs can be made during the worship service and online.
Peruse these opportunities (below) for putting our faith into action!
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Food & Shelter Ministries – First Sunday
• Community Meals Program
We serve hot meals to the community on Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. During COVID social distancing, however, please check with our team about schedule changes. This is a continuation of a meals ministry for more than a decade at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Newport News, which closed in 2019.
• People Offering Resources Together (PORT)
LINK of Hampton Roads, Inc., first introduced the PORT Emergency Homeless Winter Shelter Program to the homeless in Newport News during the winter months of 1993/94. The UUFP has dedicated years of volunteer and financial aid to support this ministry addressing the emeregency needs of and long-term solutions for our neighbors who have no place to call home. PORT is designed for partnering interfaith congregations to open their facilities and provide food, shelter and integrated resources for individuals and families who would normally spend their nights sleeping on the streets, in cars, or perhaps in empty buildings or in the woods.