Social Action


The Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship and its Social Action Committee agree with Mahatma Gandhi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”.

The Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship is committed to service to our community, our nation and the global village.  The social action committee is one of the groups that functions to develop effective and meaningful ways to put our UU Principles into action.  Social Action provides meaning to our own lives by forcing us to look beyond our lives, to risk ourselves, and learn from others.  Social Action further enables us to attach real compassion to what otherwise might be abstract principles of justice and equity, and Social Action offers us a way to celebrate our blessings with others.

A great way to become involved in CUF, get to know us and put into action our principles is by participating in our many social action projects, opportunities for involvement include:

– Helping to plan, finance, and participate in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service.

– Volunteer or support The Rainbow Café which provides a safe and welcoming environment for social_action_rainbow_cafegay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth, their friends, and those questioning their orientation by creating a space where they are affirmed and offered non-judgmental support and access to personal, community, and spiritual resources.  The Rainbow Cafe’ was established by CUF and  Carbondale’s Church of the Good Shepherd (UCC).

– Buy or help sell Fair Trade coffee—Once a month Fair Trade coffee and chocolate are available for sale after the Sunday Service.

social_action_kitchen_crewVolunteer to cook and deliver meals for Feed My Sheep, a community soup kitchen that provides free meals every week day at the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Carbondale.  CUF volunteers are needed from 10 to 1 on the last Tuesday of each month.

Support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) through Guest at Your Table Family Collection Boxes or help research and distribute information on UUSC Youth Camps and other projects.

social_action_food_drive– Donate food items during November for the Good Samaritan Food Pantry or help deliver donations to the Food Pantry at the University Baptist church.

– Accompany CUF children during Trick or Treat for UNICEF and/or assist with their Halloween party.

social_action_easterSupport The Carbondale Women’s Center by helping the CUF children bake and deliver bread to the Women’s Center in November or solicit funds for and make Easter Baskets in March.

– Buy gifts for needy adults and children through The Interfaith Council’s Spirit of Christmas Gift Giving Program.


Participate in local activities sponsored by Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois.

-Support those impacted by HIV/AIDS through Our Zambian Partnership. Our support and close bond with Ranchhod Community Services and Hospice in Kabwe, Zambia began in June of 2003 when CUF and Hospice of Southern Illinois became partnered with this HIV/AIDS program.   The program also works with “street kids,” provides voluntary testing and counseling, goes to outpost clinics in remote villages, provides ARV’s and other medications for opportunistic infections and many other services.  CUF members have regularly visited Zambia since this partnership began.  Others help by planning or participating in our major fundraiser/benefit concert/silent auction each spring and our summer yard sale.
See our Zambian web page for more information.


Get Involved!