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 or contact the Social Action Committee 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.
- Join our monthly race and ethnicity dialogue series.
Each quarter a charity is selected to received half of the collection from Sunday services. Current and recent charities include:
- 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.
Recent & Ongoing Activities
- 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.
- We as a congregation are hosting educational events, attending local and UUA events, and sharing resources addressing racial justice.
- The Emerson House is offered as a home-like setting for supervised visits uniting parents and children separated by the courts.