2017-2018 Care N’ Share Program 

Based on input from our members and friends, Seton House has been chosen as our second quarterly Care N Share non-profit for January through March 2018! Seton House supports single-parent families in their journey to independence. It’s all about empowerment! “The move a family makes into their new apartment is the first step on the journey to a new life. While the apartment provides stability and foundation, one-on-one case management allows these families to then develop a clear and distinct path towards self-sufficiency.” Find out more at setonhousecasper.org. Here’s what is planned so far:

  • Every Sunday through March 2018: Everyone is encouraged to bring household items to donate to Seton House. Suggested items include cereal, cleaning products, mops, towels, twin-size sheets, pillows, and kitchenware/utensils. 
  • Sunday, February 11th: Care N Share Service: Celebrating Seton House. Deanna Frey, executive director of Seton House and the UU Casper membership committee members will lead this service. This will also be a Share the Plate” Sunday. Any undesignated cash in the collection baskets will be donated by UU Casper to Seton House. You can also donate by check written to “Seton House.”
  • Friday, February 23rd, 6:00 pm: Care N Share Potluck. Participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share, as well as household items to donate to Seton House. We’ll host the Seton House staff, residents, and board members, play games, and be nourished in body and spirit! There is always plenty of food, so bring the whole family! Invite guests!
  • Sunday, March 4th: Share the Plate” Sunday. Any undesignated cash in the collection baskets will be donated by UU Casper to Seton House. You can also donate by check written to “Seton House.”

Stay tuned for other opportunities to be involved!

If you have questions, or if you have other ideas for ways we can support Seton House this quarter, talk to any Membership Committee member (Alan Vandeventer, Tammy Dominguez, Laura Gossman), or email info@uucasper.org

 

Fall, 2017: Care N Share Program benefited Wyoming Food for Thought Project

Wyoming Food For Thought Project was chosen as our first quarterly Care N’ Share non-profit for October through December. During the quarter, we learned about, supported, and celebrated this worthy program that is spearheading a grass-roots, local solution to the problem of hunger in our community. We contributed countless cans of soup throughout the quarter, many hours of vounteer service, and $323 through our “Share the Plate” collections.

Food for Thought does so much, including providing 670 weekend food bags to school children every week, sponsoring a weekly farmer’s market, growing community gardens, holding workshops on food prep and gardening, managing a seed library, and so much more. You can check out all their projects on their website, wyomingfoodforthoughtproject.org. With so much going on, they have a virtually limitless number of opportunities for volunteers to help out. How does volunteering work? According to director Jamie Purcell, you let them know when you have time, and they find you something to do! 

Over the last few months UU Casper has assisted many local non-profits, like:

  • Child Development Center of Natrona County – March and April 2017 donations of craft and learning supplies
  • Joshua’s Storehouse – January 2017 donations of soup
  • Holy Cross Food Bank – December 2016 donations of holiday foods
  • Casper College Goodstein Library and Food for Thought – November 2016 over 125 books donated to children’s book drive
  • Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota – October 2017 donations of band-aids, lip balm, and children’s clothing
  • Central Wyoming Rescue Mission – September 2016 donations to buy bus tokens for residents
  • Casper Humane Society – April 2016 donations of dog and cat food, treats and toys
  • Wyoming Food for Thought – March 2016 donations of food for local program to provide weekend meals for children
  • Central Wyoming Rescue Mission – February 2016 donations for personal care bags

If you have questions, ideas or would like to get involved, please contact Laura Gossman, Membership Committee chairperson (307-259-4469) or email info@uucasper.org.

Annual Yard Sale

UU Casper held its first annual yard sale in August 2016, with proceeds benefitting the children’s Religious Exploration program, as well as two local charities, Wyoming Food for Thought and Seton House. The second annual yard sale in July 2017 was even more successful, with proceeds so far being used for beautification of the UU Casper sanctuary. Save your treasures for the next one!