CROP Walk team well on its way toward goal!

A big thanks to the many of you who have already supported the First UU CROP Walk team—as of earlier this week, we’ve already raised $3435 toward an initial goal of $4000!—and all are invited to help celebrate by coming to a cookout on the CROP Walk day at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

The annual Reading-Berks CROP Walk, sponsored by Church World Service, supports anti-hunger efforts around the world and in our area. A quarter of the funds raised stay local with the Berks Schuylkill Helping Harvest Fresh Food Bank, which supplies the monthly food pantry sponsored by First UU.

Because of lingering COVID conditions, the First UU team will gather midafternoon at team captain Jim Beidler’s house (1423 Old Bernville Road, Leesport, PA 19533) to walk around his acreage and/or on country roads, with a cookout for those participating afterwards. Whether you’re able to walk or not, all are invited to bring a chair and an appetite for the cookout! Please email Jim at or call/text to 717-507-7237 if you’re planning to come.

To join the team or donate, please go to this URL: and click on either “Join or Start a Team” or “Make a Donation” as appropriate. “Spirit Walkers” who help raise funds for the cause but cannot or choose not to walk are welcome! Every First UU team member will get a T-shirt!

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