Local Initiative – unused

Our Approach

The Union Church set aside a percentage of funds raised through a tremendously successful capital campaign to be used to create and nurture a long term and sustained local service partnership. It is the church’s hope that these funds will provide leaven in the congregation enabling new ideas to rise within us, stirring us to new endeavors. These these funds are intended for bold, new and ambitious, signature initiatives.

For the use of these funds, the Union Church in Waban values mission/outreach endeavors that:

  • Promote relationship based involvement and engagement of our UCW community;
  • Promote sustainability by contributing to long term financial viability and the empowerment of people with whom we are, or will be engaged in ways that enhance human dignity;
  • Promote global and local high impact work — work that makes difference that can be measured; and
  • Promotes charity/justice — the overcoming of inequities and divisions in our world by working for the fullness of humanity, community, and the health and wholeness of the planet.


The Russell School: A local initiative

There can certainly be a place for YOU in the Union Church local initiative at the Russell School! So far we have joined the Russell School for Field Days, a coat drive, Teacher Appreciation, and more. This is a great easy-to-get-to elementary school on Columbia Road near U Mass Boston and the JFK Library. They have many needs as a school; and their students and families do as well. Going forward, we will help with the ambitious Literacy / Read-To-Me night in March when parents will receive bilingual books to take home and hear about strategies for improving comprehension skills for their children (Thanks Katheryn DeRogatis). And, we are supporting their brainstorming efforts for reaching under served children with social/emotional needs (Thanks Liz Caronna). And, we may help them with small grant writing, with their February and April school vacation academic program, their wish for bus trips to places of historic and cultural significance outside of the neighborhood, and an International Night of ethnic food, music, and fun.

The folks at Russell are great to partner with! Can you:

  1. Join us as we implement these few ideas (we are going to need Union Church folks to partner with their staff to accomplish these big events)
  2. Help us look for more smaller things to do that match what you may want to offer this school. For example, do you love to tutor? Want to talk about your job to children? Enjoy gardening in an outdoor classroom? Sports enthusiast? Love to cook? Let us know how you would like to be a part of this partnership with Russell and we will try to figure it out.

Please let Mark Smith, Frank Laski, Brita Gil-Austern, or Nancy Zollers know of your interests and questions. This is designed to be a long-term relationship – as with our work in Zambia and Nicaragua – and it is funded by generous members of the church during the Capital Campaign.


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