How to Make a Difference
- Are you looking for some one-time tasks, or a longer focused commitment? Browse through the committees and events below to see what strikes your fancy.
- Contact the committee chair or contact person, or ask our Connections Coordinator, Jen Gill to introduce you.
- Roll up your sleeves and let’s get started!
Immediate Volunteer Opportunities
Please click on the below links for more info on each opportunity:
Sunday Morning Ministry Teams
Contact: Solveig Zarubin
Meetings: Second Wednesday of the month, 7pm. Please check calendar to confirm, as exceptions occasionally occur.
Description: Assist in preparing and delivering the Sunday services. This includes seeking volunteers to light the chalice at the beginning of each Sunday service. It is an honor to participate in this way. See this document for more details. While doing online services, there are additional volunteer opportunities that don’t require committee membership or speaking in the service: each service needs someone to record the service in Zoom, and we also need the role of “online chat host” – the person who lets everyone into the service, and answers questions where needed.
Sunday Greeters Team
Description: Each Sunday we have two Greeters to welcome people, hand out the Orders of Service and collect the Sunday offering. This is a great way to begin to meet people and put names and faces together.
Chair: OPEN (Contact Dawn Reyen)
Meetings: Third Thursday of the month, 6:30 pm, as needed. Please check with Dawn to find out when the next meeting is scheduled.
Description: Help Music Director to plan and carry out musical offerings at services and plan special concerts.
2nd Sunday Band
Contact: Marianna Raymond, Second Sunday Music Coordinator
Description: Play amazing music during service on the 2nd Sunday of the month. Performers often rotate months, get in touch to learn more. View Music and Choir page.
Ministry of Culinary Arts (MOCA)
Contact: Martha Beetley, MOCA Coordinator
Team Leaders: Cheri Hahne, Joanne McMahon, Elisabeth Rossi, and Sharon Gee
Description: Organizes and prepares refreshments for our Social Hour following each Sunday service.
Contact: Josh Moore
Description: Prepare and run the slides shown during service. Assist with other AV projects as needed.
Contact: John Cooney or Greg Stovall or join the email group
Description: For Zoom services, coordinating quality sound experience for participants by muting and un-muting speakers as needed. For in-sanctuary services, set up microphones, and monitor sound levels during the service using the sound board, record the sermons, and put away microphones/cables after the service.
Center of Interest Team
Contact: Peter Hartzell
Description: Display of visual art in the Sanctuary created on a monthly basis by volunteers from the congregation.
Connections & Caring
Chair: Jen Bahr-Davidson
Meetings: First Wednesday of the month, 7pm. Please check calendar to confirm, as exceptions occur.
Description: Encourages the participation and integration of newcomers, members, friends, and youth in the life of UUFRC. Involvement opportunities include Sunday morning greeting, welcoming newcomers, supporting classes for newcomers and new members, and planning activities such as potlucks and celebrations to facilitate connections.
Co-Chairs: OPEN (contact Sarah Skovlund)
Meetings: . Please check calendar to confirm, as exceptions occur.
Description: This committee helps us care for each other in tangible ways, such as delivering meals to new parents or those who are sick, offering rides to church, sending cards to those in need of support or cheer, and any other emotional or physical assistance for members in need. Please contact us if you are able to help with something.
Faith Exploration & Development
Youth and Family (YAF) Committee
Chair: Rachel Taylor
Meetings: Third Monday of the month, 7pm. Please check calendar to confirm, as exceptions occur.
Description: Aid the spiritual development of our children through exploration of our UU values and heritage, as well as those of other faith traditions. Guide our children’s Religious Education program and coordinate family events, among other things.
Contact Derby Davidson, Director of Religious Education, to find out more about volunteering in K-12 RE classes and groups.
The Learning Journey /Adult Faith Development Committee
Meetings: Second Thursday of the month, 7pm. Please check calendar to confirm, as exceptions occur.
Description: Plans and offers classes, workshops, and forums on topics that support adult faith exploration & development. See the Learning Journey page. Also see the Adult Classes page for a list of current and upcoming offerings.
Contact email@example.com if you are interested in co-teaching an adult class.
Coordinators: Marina Rose
Description: Groups of 7-10 people who meet twice a month (generally) for six months to explore meaningful topics and deepen relationships with each other. Contact the coordinators if you would like to volunteer in this area, or to join a Chalice Circle. See the Chalice Circles page.
Justice & Community Outreach
Social Action Committee
Chair: Kaye Bonney
Meetings: First Sunday of the month at 12pm noon. Please check calendar to confirm, as exceptions occur.
Description: On behalf of the congregation, we identify efforts that we believe will promote social justice or protect the environment. We take action on those efforts, and encourage members and friends to take action as well. See also Social Action Committee page.
Sanctuary Congregation Team
Description: Assist our UUFRC team in matters related to being a Sanctuary Congregation and providing other immigrant assistance with legal and ICE matters.
Roosevelt Tutoring Program
Contact: Annie Tate
Description: We’ve been involved in assisting Roosevelt Elementary School students improve their reading and comprehension skills since 2007. Volunteering for one or two hours per week is extremely rewarding.
Green Sanctuary/ Eco Justice
Description: UUFRC received Green Sanctuary certification in 2011, and continues to work towards more green action inhouse, and more environmental justice everywhere. See Green Sanctuary page. See Environmental Justice page.
Welcoming Congregation/ LGBTQIA Justice
Contact: Sarah Skovlund
Description: Works to welcome and support members of the LGBTQIA community. The purpose is to be supportive, hopeful, and celebrate the vibrancy of the LGBTQIA community, to seek opportunities to educate the wider community, and to promote connections and healing. See Welcoming Congregation page.
Meets: Quarterly on a Sunday after service, check calendar for dates. Please join us.
Description: Our committee fosters UUFRC’s engagement with congregations of other faiths primarily through our membership in the Peninsula Multifaith Coalition and participation in its activities, and we explore other faith traditions through sponsoring interfaith services and forums.
Yaseen Foundation Food Sort Project
Contact: John Anning
Description: UUFRC participates in a monthly food sort for Second Harvest with members of the Yaseen Foundation. It is a great way to volunteer in our community and support our partners.
Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Day of Service
Contact: Tovis Page
Description: Join us every year in volunteering at this community event.
Ice Cream Social
Description: A fun social after service where you get your ice cream, then mingle with different groups to get different toppings. A fun and delicious way to meet people and find out what’s going on. Help setup and cleanup. Usually held in late September
Silent Auction Committee
Chairs: Jessica Roybal and Jen Bahr-Davidson
Description: Come help us plan the biggest FUNdraiser at UUFRC. This key event is critical for the yearly budget, and also a lot of fun! Join us with planning, special parts like decorating, or food and drinks, and helping take a short shift the day of the event. A fantastic way to enjoy UUFRC fellowship.
Annual Fall Retreat
Chairs: Josh Moore
Description: Join us in the redwoods near Santa Cruz for a relaxing Fall weekend of good fellowship, fun, food, activities, workshops, and worship. There are many ways to help out. Usually held in early November.
Come for one day or the entire weekend.
Christmas Lights Walk
Contact: Sharon Gee
Description: Gather for hot chocolate and treats, then stroll together to view the Christmas lights. A wonderful multi-generational event. Contact Sharon if you are interested in helping out. Held in December.
(Organized by the YAF Committee)
Contact: Derby Davidson
Description: Each year, the youth put on a fun, multi-generational spaghetti dinner to raise money to support youth education. Usually held in February.
Earth Day Festival
Description: Earth Day holds special significance to Unitarian Universalists, symbolic of our Seventh principle dedicated to the interconnected web of life. Help organize this fun festival open to the neighborhood.
Annual Rummage Sale
Description: Held mid-May. Help organize it.
Description: In early June, UUFRC walks over to nearby Stafford Park after service to enjoy a potluck and conversation with each other.
Chair: Rob Fawcett
Description: Ensure all physical aspects of our facility are well maintained.
Chair: Jonelle Preisser
Description: Care for our gardens and landscape areas. Do you enjoy gardening? Come help us care for our new drought tolerant plantings and grass. We weed, trim, mow and sweep to keep our grounds looking lovely.
Twice Yearly Workdays (Spring and Fall)
Contact: Rob Fawcett
Description: A great way to meet others as we scrub, dust, paint, weed, polish and tend to our Fellowship building. We break bread together at noon and chocolate chip cookies are traditional for dessert! Many hands make light work, and there is plenty of laughter all around. Check the calendar for dates.
Description: Handle interior decorations, furnishings and any other architectural or stylistic aspects of the building.
Description: The website team assists the webmaster with updating content, publishing events, gathering photos and otherwise maintaining the website.
Description: Edits and publishes the weekly newsletter.
Chair: Marina Rose
Description: Ensure the appropriate communication processes and tools are in place to support internal and external communications in UUFRC.
Chair: Anna Dyer
Meetings: Third Monday of the month, 7pm. Please check calendar to confirm, as exceptions occur.
Description: Provides recommendations on decisions with financial implications, manages the budget and monitors our expenditures. Appointed by the Board of Trustees.
Pledge Drive Committee
Description: Help organize and communicate about the spring Pledge Drive. The Pledge Drive is what makes everything happen
See Our Elected Leaders page for information about:
- Board of Trustees
- Committee on UU Engagement
See Our Governance for information about:
- Personnel Committee
- Committee on Ministries