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.

Get Involved

  • Checkout the UUFD newsletter for upcoming opportunities and events.
  • 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.
  • If you are interested in joining the Social Action Committee, contact the committee chair.

Community Partnerships

UUFD is a proud partner of the following community organizations:

Recent & Ongoing Activities

  • The Emerson House is offered as a home-like setting for supervised visits uniting parents and children separated by the courts.
  • In 2020, we raised $500 for St. Stephen’s Food Bank and $300 for the Thanksgiving dinner at the Rescue Mission.
  • A member of the congregation makes masks for COVID-19 and shares them freely. In August 2020, UUFD members and friends distributed her masks in downtown Dubuque, along with voter registration forms and lots of smiles. Jeanne Harrington has a vast array of fabrics and will make them in any size needed. Feel free to contact Jeanne if you need a mask.
  • Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Social Action Committee helped organize quarterly meals at the Catholic Worker Hope House on Sunday evenings. An average of 35 folks were served in the immediate neighborhood.

Charitable Giving

Each quarter a charity is selected to received half of the collection from Sunday services. Current and recent charities include:

  • 2021 4th Quarter – Every Child Reads
    • Every Child Reads is 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. Reading proficiently by the end of third grade enables students to shift from learning to read to reading to learn. 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. Reaching this milestone is important for both our students’ and our community’s future. Every Child Reads has built a network of partners addressing three critical areas: summer learning, school readiness and attendance.
  • 2021 3rd Quarter – Almost Home @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
    • Almost Home is a mission founded and sponsored by the congregation at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran church in downtown Dubuque, though not exclusive to the Lutheran denomination. They serve and support our neighbors in need through two outreach ministries:
      • Open Closet serves over 4000 people each year. It is open to the public in need – men, women and children of all ages. Items are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis – completely free of charge. All inventory is received through donations of clothing, shoes, hygienic and household items; and are accepted and stocked by the Open Closet Crew.
      • Guest House provides seasonal shelter – over 1300 bed/nights each season – for single homeless men in the Dubuque region. The facilities focus on the coldest season of the year to provide warm beds and showers. A shortage of staffing permits operation for the Winter months; and they anticipate expanding accommodations into the Summer and Fall.
  • 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.  Join with us as we help neighbors near and far get the meals they need today and sustainable food security for tomorrow.
  • 2021 1st Quarter – Dubuque for Refugee Children
    • Dubuque for Refugee Children’s 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
    • The Fountain of Youth non-profit in Dubuque works primarily with youth as well as adults who have returned to the community from being incarcerated. The emphasis is to help individuals enroll in training or find employment.
  • 2020 3rd Quarter – Dream Center
    • The Dream Center offers holistic programming for Dubuque youth and families through academic initiatives, after school programming, healthy meals, character development curriculum, and more.  At present its focus is on all-day academic programming, sports and the arts for children who are in the “hybrid plan” in the Dubuque schools – meaning they attend actual classes every other day. On the days they aren’t physically present in their schools, they come to the Dream Center.
  • 2020 2nd Quarter – Dubuque Branch NAACP
    • The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 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 
    • The Dubuque Rescue Mission Garden provides fresh vegetables to use for free, nutritious meals at the Mission’s cafeteria. Some of the excess herbs and vegetables are sold during the summer at the Downtown Dubuque Farmers Market. All donations, financial and other, to the Rescue Mission remain in Dubuque.