SMOC Food Drives

Please consider participating in our monthly food drives to benefit the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) which provides meals for people in Worcester.

Please reach out to Libba Moore at libbamoore13@gmail.com ahead of time if there’s a better time for you. Food will be delivered to SMOC the Friday following each collection date. Thank you for your help with this.

The Shelter especially asks for packaged bologna; juice boxes; chewy granola bars; and bags of fruit. They are always in need of underwear, socks, and t-shirts – in particular for men.

SMOC food and clothing donations may now be dropped off in the box in the Sanctuary every Sunday. We will no longer be collecting monthly on Thursday afternoons. Bologna can be stored in the upstairs refrigerator in the parlor.

SMOC in Worcester has identified the need for clothing, especially for men. Donated items can include: new socks and underwear, and gently used sweatshirts, sweatpants, T-shirts, and jeans. Please bring your donations to UUCSW on the same day/time as the monthly food drive. If this timing does not work for you, please reach out to Nancy Siegal at Nsiegal185@msn.com or Pauline Sciarappa at psciarappa@gmail.com for other options. Thank you in advance for your generosity!


UUCSW’s Racial Justice Committee

We meet periodically through the year to initiate awareness-raising activities and to inspire action. During the 2023-2024 church year, the committee organized and led a Sunday morning service focused on how race has presented itself in our lives; collected items for infants in response to an urgent request from a local healthcare provider who works with racially and ethnically diverse families; organized letter writing to ‘get out the vote’ in 2024; coordinated creating welcome blankets to donate to refugees through welcomeblanket.org.

The welcome blankets were displayed in the church on May 5th before delivery to the History & Culture Museum in Woonsocket, RI for display in a national exhibit by welcomeblanket.org.

Next planning meeting: online, on May 15, 2024 to continue discussion for activities for the next church year. In addition to ongoing get out the vote efforts, ideas being considered include a video series with guided discussion, topics for a service that builds on this year’s topic, and ways to assist refugees placed locally. All welcome!