Promise the Children is a community of activists for children within the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. We are a unifying voice for our faith community to speak and act on behalf of children. We advocate for a public agenda that ensures the well-being of all of Georgia’s children. And we put our faith into action through direct service, working with organizations that serve children in need.

We are committed to a world where children are safe, healthy, educated, employable, and connected to their family and community.

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UUCA’s Children’s Sabbath is Sunday, October 19

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October 1, 2014 · 1:02 pm

Register for “Lunch and Learn” after the Children’s Sabbath

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October 1, 2014 · 12:26 pm

We’re Cooking Dinner for Homeless Families at Hagar’s House

UUCA members will be cooking the evening meal at Hagar’s House  each night from Sunday, September 21 thru Friday, September 26. Would you (and perhaps your children) like to prepare and serve one of these meals? Here’s who to contact: Dana Boyle, 770-365-5551, danaboyle@me.com.

We need 2- 5 volunteers each night to prepare dinner for 30 residents and a few staffers. Cook at home and bring it ready to serve (heating OK). Then eat with the residents. On-site volunteers show you the serving “ropes.” We have lots of suggestions about food from Decatur Cooperative Ministry, which sponsors this shelter. Just contact Dana!

Hagar’s House is a shelter providing transitional housing for women and children. The facility, which operates only at night, can accommodate up to 30 guests per evening, and each family enjoys a private room and bath. While residing at Hagar’s House, families receive housing, two meals per day, laundry facilities, limited transportation assistance, resources and referrals, computer training opportunities, and other services as needed. Hagar’s House is unique in that it can accommodate very large families and families with teenage boys – two groups that typically struggle to find emergency shelter.

This direct service opportunity is sponsored by UUCA’s Promise the Children advocacy and action group. Contact us at promisethechildren@uuca.org!

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Hope-Hill Seeking Volunteers for Easy, Short-term Projects on June 16th and/or June 17th

Hope-Hill Elementary has put out a call for volunteers to help inventory teaching supplies and organize media center (library) materials on Monday, June 16th and Tuesday, June 17th. Work sessions will run from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM each day. Volunteers can choose to work one or both days and the length of time they want to work, i.e.1 hour, 2 hours, or more. No heavy lifting required. School staff will be available to provide guidance. This is a great opportunity for member/friends who want to support UUCA’s work with Hope-Hill but who are not able to volunteer on a regular basis. Contact Richard Bergman at 404-345-5983 or via e-mail at bergmanrf@yahoo.com to sign up or for more information.

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Operation P.E.A.C.E. Summer Program Off to a Great Start but Needs More Volunteers

UUCA volunteers have tutored and helped teach at-risk elementary school children in the Old Fourth Ward (O4W) for 20+ years – where our Hope-Hill Elementary School children live. For the past two years, we have volunteered at Operation P.E.A.C.E., one of UUCA’s O4W partners, a non-profit organization that provides free summer enrichment programs – including academic training as well as fun activities, nourishing food, and a safe environment – for some of the poorest children in the Southeast.

This year UUCA members/friends again are volunteering at Operation P.E.A.C.E.’s Summer Academy from Mon., June 9th, to Friday, August 1st. Will you join us?

OPEACE is one of only four sites selected in Georgia for “Zero Robotics” – a special program sponsored by M.I.T., NASA, and DARPA among others. To help get this project “off the ground,” we especially need STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) classroom volunteers in the afternoon from 1 p.m. to approximately 4:15 p.m. any day Mon. through Thursday for “Zero Robotics” sessions with middle-school and teen students. Their task: Using lasers and/or gravity, design a system to deflect or destroy any meteor headed for earth. (Remember the damage done by a meteor that struck earth 65 mya and the end of the Dinosaur Age?)

Volunteer classroom helpers also are needed for English language arts/reading, math, science, and art between 9 a.m. and noon Mon., Tues., and Thurs. (Fridays are “Fun Friday” when children go on field trips and attend special events, so volunteers are not needed on Fridays.)

If you are interested in volunteering please complete this form. Once the form is received, a required negative background check form will be sent to you by email.

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Family Nights for Foster Care Support Is Underway

 

UUCA and CHRIS Kids (foster care support) Family Nights series began  May 8.    Join in!

Here’s a report on “Fun” from the first night!

London Bridge (is falling down), and homemade chicken/vegetable enchiladas, were a hit for nine resident CHRIS Kids moms and their young children at Promise the Children’s May 8 debut of “Family Nights”.

UUCA volunteers Hildegarde Gray, Jo Mitchell, Joy Borra, and Meghan and Harper Ramsey were the launch team for this new, bi-monthly fellowship initiative to support vulnerable young mothers seeking self sufficiency.

In a thank you note to Hildegarde the next day, CHRIS Kids program manager, Shemekla Frazier-Sorrells, writes:

“On behalf of the youth and staff, I would like to extend my greatest appreciation to you and your team. The ladies thoroughly enjoyed helping prepare the meal and fellowshipping with you all. I observed several learning opportunities in which your team modeled with the children appropriate games, interaction and redirection. One of the young ladies said to me, ‘We should have this more often, just for us.’ Thanks for being a blessing to us all.”

 

Promise the Children is building volunteer teams now. If you enjoy meaningful, family-friendly (age 12+) community service opportunities, they don’t come any better!

 

WHAT is the opportunity?
UUCA’s Promise the Children group (PtC) is organizing twice-monthly Family Nights with vulnerable young mothers and their children, including dinner and fun activities.

Beginning May 8th, and each 2nd and 4th Thursday for a trial period of six months, we will coordinate small teams to join a few families at CHRIS Kids for 2 hours of cooking, dining, fellowship and play.

WHY is Promise the Children embarking on this project?
It grew out of the interest of some PtC members in the well-being of Georgia’s children aging out of foster care, and with the bigger picture of food insecurity and nutrition.

600 Georgia youth “age out” of foster care each year without resources for self-sufficiency. While the children in “our” group of CHRIS Kids residents are with birth mothers, they, the mothers, are products of foster care, formerly homeless and seeking the tools to succeed on their own.

WHAT is CHRIS Kids? (www.chriskids.org)
Since 1981, it is one of the leading nonprofit organizations that works with foster children in Atlanta, providing interim housing, health and counseling services, and support systems – their name an acronym for “Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity and Safety”.

HOW will Family Nights work?
UUCA volunteers will spend the time building positive relationships with resident mothers and their children (likely 4-6 families on average), primarily through:
i) cooking easy recipes and eating together, demonstrating nutritional enhancements to foods they already know; and,
ii) engaging the children in fun activities such as crafts, reading, games and outdoor play.

First Date: Thursday, May 8th

Time: 3:30-4:30 Intro to CHRIS Kids, training by staff (required)
5:00-7:00 dinner and family activities

Location: CHRIS Kids
1017 Fayetteville Rd., Atlanta 30316

Volunteers: 4-6, in 2 teams working/bonding with residents on:
-Meal prep: recipes and ingredients provided
-Child activity: reading, crafts, games, outside play

WHERE can I get more details and sign up?
Contact: promisethechildren@uuca.org

 

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April 17, 2014 · 5:00 pm