As part of the larger Unitarian Universalist denomination, we put our faith in deeds, not creeds. We proactively support racial, LGBT, environmental, and other justice efforts through educational programming, direct action, and financial support.
- Checkout the UUFD newsletter for upcoming opportunities and events.
- If you are interested in joining the Social Action Committee, contact the committee chair.
- Several members and friends of UUFD correspond with women incarcerated at federal prisons in the United States. If you are interested in joining this endeavor, contact Cyndi Hartley.
- The Emerson House is offered as a home-like setting for supervised visits uniting parents and children separated by the courts.
- UUFD is a proud partner of the following community organizations:
- View the Annual Report for past activities.
The congregation donates annually to:
- Dubuque Area Congregations United (DACU)
- Dubuque Branch NAACP
- Iowa Unitarian Universalist Witness Advocacy Network
Each week half of the collection from Sunday services is donated to a local charity. Current and recent charities include:
- 2022 March & April – Nathaniel Morgan Memorial Committee: Mission is to encourage honest, compassionate dialogue about race in our schools and broader community by acknowledging the lynching of African American Nathaniel Morgan and subsequent acts of racial violence in Iowa. Seeks to create a memorial to promote reflection, sustain educational activity, and demonstrate Dubuque’s commitment to understanding and rectifying racial wrongs and building an equitable, multicultural community.
- 2022 January & February – People in Need (PIN): A service through Dubuque Area Congregations United (DACU) which provides temporary assistance toward rent, food, utilities, medical, and other basic needs.
- 2021 4th Quarter – Every Child Reads: A collaboration of educators, non-profits, parents, and civic leaders in Dubuque, with the goal of bringing every child to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. In Dubuque, 50% of third-grade students are not reading at grade level. Studies show that one in six students who fall behind in reading proficiency at the end of third grade do not graduate from high school, and research shows that children from low-income households are disproportionately affected.
- 2021 3rd Quarter – Almost Home @ St. John’s Lutheran Church: Serves and supports our neighbors in need through two outreach ministries: Open Closet, which distributes free clothing, shoes, hygienic items, and household items; and Guest House, which provides seasonal shelter for single homeless men in the Dubuque region.
- 2021 May 16-June 30 – Dubuque Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration: An educational and inspirational gathering to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, occurring annually in October.
- 2021 April 1-May 15 – Crop Walk: Dubuque Area Congregations United (DACU) hosts the annual Crop Walk to raise funds to fight against the challenges of disease, disaster, displacement and other concerns that leave people hungry.
- 2021 1st Quarter – Dubuque for Refugee Children: Mission is to assist and empower unaccompanied minors who are placed with family members or friends within 100 miles of the City of Dubuque with their legal, educational, medical and housing needs in their quest to achieve secure, peaceful and sustainable lives.
- 2020 4th Quarter – Fountain of Youth: Works with youth as well as adults who have returned to the community from being incarcerated to help individuals enroll in training or find employment.
- 2020 3rd Quarter – Dream Center: Offers holistic programming for Dubuque youth and families through academic initiatives, after school programming, healthy meals, character development curriculum, and more.
- 2020 2nd Quarter – Dubuque Branch NAACP: Mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
- 2020 1st Quarter – Dubuque Rescue Mission Garden and Greenhouse: Provides fresh vegetables to use for free, nutritious meals at the Mission’s cafeteria.