Winchester Unitarian Society

Social Outreach

The Winchester Unitarian Society has an active Social Outreach Committee.  The committee has coordinated a blanket drive for Iraqi refugees, collected Thanksgiving and Christmas boxes for the Woburn Council, cooked at the Women's Lunch Place in Boston, collected food for the food pantry and arranged for a speaker from Promise the Children.

Other activities have been Hurricane recovery, tutoring and teaching English through the Urban Ministry, making soup for a community kitchen, "mitten tree" gifts for children at a community center in Lynn, organizing furniture volunteers for the Mission of Deeds, working with youth on a barn at Winchester's Wright-Locke farm, presenting a workshop on structural racism and working with the Green Sanctuary Committee.

Social Outreach Grants
1)  The Social Outreach Committee (SOC) has stopped the practice of accepting Social Outreach Grant applications submitted directly by non-profit organizations.

2)  The SOC invites members of The Winchester Unitarian Society to recommend to the SOC non-profit organizations for Social Outreach Grants, via completion of the new Application Form.  Members may download this form from the Members section of this website or obtain a paper copy at church.

3)  Winchester Unitarian Society staff and the SOC as an entity also may make grant recommendations.

4)  The SOC will make its grant decisions based on the grant recommendations plus additional information obtained by the SOC and the SOC’s own judgment.  A recommendation or comment given to the SOC is only one element the Committee will take into account in its deliberations.

5)  The deadline for submitting a Grant Recommendation for the current fiscal year will be in April 1 or the first business day of April.

Share-the-Plate Program
In September 2010, The Winchester Unitarian Society instituted the practice “sharing the plate” each Sunday with a specific charity.  This means that we give 50 percent of the cash and checks that are not designated for a specific purpose (such as a pledge payment or other named type of gift) to a charity and the other half goes to the church’s operating budget.  Response to this program has been extremely positive.

The Social Outreach Committee invites members of the congregation, our staff and Co-Ministers to recommend charities for its consideration in developing a list of organizations that are approved to share the plate.  The Co-Ministers use this list as their source to select a recipient for any given service.

Questions:       Call the church office: 781-729-0949