Volunteering and serving is an important part of living our UU faith. At UU Berks, we have a number of in-house opportunities to serve our immediate community.
Since 1997, our church has distributed food to individuals and families in the surrounding neighborhoods. On the first Thursday of the month from 10 am to Noon, church and community volunteers pick up, stack, and distribute food to individuals and families. Each month, an average of 60 families (200 people) use the Food Pantry, which is part of Helping Harvest, formerly the Greater Berks Food Bank. Emergency food is also provided throughout the month.
Since 2010, our church has served as a host congregation in the Family Promise of Berks County hospitality network. We are one of 19 congregations that provide food and shelter for one week, several times a year, to families experiencing homelessness.
The families are carefully selected to meet strong criteria for success in the program. Family Promise is unique in that it keeps family units intact, and is the only program accepting single fathers with children. Learn more here.