Volunteers are people who have the ability to work willingly together for the betterment of their community and themselves. Not only are they a valuable resource, they are the most important resource community organizations have!
Volunteers come from all walks of life: they may be a teenager learning to manage responsibilities, an executive sharing management skills, or a retiree enjoying a new friendship while helping on a project.
Ideally, volunteers find the donation of their time and energy a meaningful experience for themselves as well as for their community. This is a true win/win situation.
Benefits volunteers bring to the organization:
- refreshed energy
- specialized skills and knowledge
- public opinion on important issues
- flexibility to focus intently on a particular task or issue
- constructive criticism and feedback
- fresh perspectives – "new blood" can keep an organization alive
- ability to lessen the overall workload
- capacity to expand services
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Mira Frederick phone: 941-921-6594
Focuses on placing new and current members on committees.
Chairs: DeeAnna Dowdle and Nancy Saum Email: email@example.com
The mission of the Adult Programs Committee is to develop a program that promotes the intellectual, spiritual and fellowship needs of our community, and draws people into that community. We are always looking for motivated people to join our team!
Coordinator: Open Phone: Email:
Contact the church office to see how you can help!
Provides assistance with meals, transportation, home and hospital visits, and other short term needs as required. Arranges for visitations of those who cannot leave their homes. Sends notifications with announcements and emails of congregational milestones. Always looking for people willing to help with these tasks.
Chair: Ava Whaley Phone: 941-922-7565
Second Sunday of each month, after the Service - Church library Everyone Welcome
Create awareness that drives visitors to the church by promoting church activities and events to the public. Create and maintain the website, write and disseminate press releases, post to media bulletin boards and generate email recipients of Contact for Visitors.
Facilitator: Diane Happy Phone: 941-316-6499 Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. Courtyard
This group cares for the many gardens on our lovely property. Come plant, weed, mulch and prune with us! Some tools provided, but feel free to bring your favorites!
Team Captain: Klaus Obermeit Phone: 941-780-7763 Email: KlausObe@gmail.com
Every Sunday, before the service - Sanctuary Sign up in advance./p>
Our job is to set up and operate the multi-media equipment for Sunday morning services, memorial services and other church functions as needed. Members of the Multi-media team are involved in every service -- many volunteers are needed for rotation.
Administrator: Roberta Druif Phone: 941-371-4974 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Friday at 11:00 a.m. - Lexow Wing
Perform many behind-the-scenes office tasks under the direction of the Administrator. The Office Volunteers answer the phone during busy times, help prepare mailings, fold and assemble the Orders of Service.
Co-Chairs: Tom and Kathy Cook Phone: 941-923-1909
Second Sunday of each month after the service - Kitchen Please sign up in advance.
For the potluck itself, the congregation is encouraged to bring food for eight. We need some additional help with set up and clean up.
Here's what is needed:
- Leave the service 15 minutes early.
- Set out the food. People have left their food in the kitchen-- check the oven, refrigerator & counters.
- Put all food on the long tables in the foyer with like items together on each table, ex: main dishes, salads, breads etc.
- Desserts should be put on a table.
- Make sure serving spoons/forks are in all items.
- Remove any remaining empty dishes from food tables (most people should have already done this themselves).
- Clean any items used from our kitchen, ex: serving dishes & spoons.
- Wipe down the countertops.
Chair: Ward Pallotta Email: email@example.com
Second Tuesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. - Lexow Wing Everyone Welcome
The Social Justice Committee offers many ways for you to put UU principles into action. Our current opportunities include mentoring DREAMers, tutoring children in reading skills, working with the local literacy council, helping at the local drop-in center for people with HIV/AIDS, serving meals at the Salvation Army, packing food for our Backpack program, and much more.
Stop by the Social Justice table after Sunday service or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Chair: June Brasgalla Phone: 941-379-6071
Every Sunday, before the service - Kitchen
Provides drinks and snacks for the congregation after the service.
Chair: Bill Geller Phone: 941-346-0810
Every Sunday, before the service - Sanctuary
Each Sunday two greeters and two ushers welcome church attendees. We distribute the Order of Service, collect the offering and track attendance.