Evergreen Projects Ministry Team
Evergreen is the umbrella title for several service projects at Unity Church-Unitarian.
Food Ministry at the Jeremiah Program
At the present time Unity Church members prepare and serve monthly meals for families at the Jeremiah Program residence at 932 Concordia Avenue in St. Paul. The Jeremiah Program gives single mothers and their children the opportunity to fully unleash their potential and build a vibrant future. Jeremiah provides a holistic support system for women of high-potential seeking higher education, including affordable housing, Life Skills education, empowerment training and early childhood education for their children. Jeremiah Program’s innovative approach prepares women to succeed n the workforce, readies their children to succeed in kindergarten and reduces general dependence on public assistance.
Help cook a meal at The Jeremiah Program (932 Concordia Avenue, St. Paul), a residence and education program for single moms and their children. Meals are provided before evening classes and Unity Church volunteers are needed to help with preparation on the following dates: Thursday, January 17; Tuesday, March 19; Thursday, April 18. Helpers (including kids over eight years old) work from 4:00-7:00 p.m. To volunteer contact Karen Buggs at 651-297-0111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evergreen Quilters is a group of twenty-five members and friends of Unity Church–Unitarian who quilt or want to learn how to quilt, and who love to share their creativity and skills with each other and the wider community. Their creative work is displayed at church, shared with in celebration of new babies, donated to families at the Family Place (a day shelter in downtown St. Paul), and sold in Parish Hall each year. Proceeds from the sale are shared with Sharing Korner Food shelf, the Jeremiah Program, and the Family Place. All people of the church are welcome to join the group at any time. For information please contact Peggy Wright at 651-698-2760.
Food Shelf Collection
Hallie Q. Brown, the food shelf supported by Evergreen Quilters and Unity Church members, distributes 25 pounds of food per month, per qualified family member. Last year they distributed 568,183 pounds, 25 pounds at a time. This year they have served over 19,000 people in the Rondo neighborhood. Since April 1, 2017, Evergreen Quilters has been collecting food shelf donations in the wicker trunks located at the Holly and Portland Avenue entrances. Bring a food shelf donation each time you come to the church! Non-perishable food, cooking supplies, toiletries, and pet food are all gratefully accepted donations.
Currently the Evergreen projects are staffed by a core group of dedicated volunteers doing direct service; the quilters provide a larger venue for volunteer opportunities. Contact Lisa Friedman f by email at email@example.com or by phone at 651-228-1456 x107 for more information.
Food Shelf 1,000 Pound Challenge
In 2018, 763 pounds of food were donated to Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf by Unity Church members and friends. That’s a lot of food. Our contributions supported about eight families for one month. Let's donate even more in 2019!
Bring a can of soup or other non-perishable items every time you come to church. Collection trunks are located by the church entrances. The challenge for 2019 is 1,000 pounds!
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