Mission statement: We are committed to making our fellowship a force for positive social change in our local and global communities. We advocate for peace, justice, environmental stewardship, compassion, and caring, and encourage all fellowship members to actively participate in issues of concern to them.
To volunteer for our upcoming events or receive more information about ways you can become involved, email Action@uulakenorman.org or browse through our Social Action notebook on the information table at each worship service. We look forward to hearing about your passions concerning social issues.
Social Action Committee chair: Amy Hartman
Guatemala Education Evening: Poverty and Wakami Solutions
Thursday Oct 20 6:30 – 8:30pm
Great Aunt Stella Center
926 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
Doors open at . Movie begins at
Mixer, appetizers and cash bar
The debut of the critically acclaimed film Ixcanul in Charlotte. Followed by Founder and President of Communities of the Earth, Recognized as a Global Best Practice Exemplar and Recipient of two Rotary Global Grants... Maria Pacheco: Wakami -Following the Dreams.
In partnership with the The Sinapi Foundation and Charlotte Film Society, The Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg will sponsor a Guatemala Education Evening on in Uptown Charlotte. The keynote speaker of the event will be Maria Pacheco. Maria will speak about the Wakami Village Program, which works with rural women in poverty to create small businesses to produce fashion accessories sold globally. The income earned allows women and their families to invest in other components such as education, nutrition, clean air and clean water necessary to support their path out of poverty.
Maria, recipient of two Rotary Global Grants, has been recognized worldwide as a Global Best Practice Exemplar as well as the winner of many international awards for her contributions to economic empowerment for women, sustainable community development and the fight against gender discrimination. She serves on the Aspen Institute Leadership Initiative and was co-founder of the Guatemalan Vital Voices Chapter. In 2007 Maria received the Vital Voices Washington Global Economic Development Award and in 2015 Wakami was awarded the Stephan Schmidheiny Award in Innovation in Production.
The education evening will also include the Charlotte Debut of the critically acclaimed film, Ixcanul. Ixcanul provides insights into the circumstances and lives of poverty in rural Guatemala from a teenage girl's perspective and Maria Pacheco will describe solutions she and her team have developed through the Wakami program. These solutions give hope and empowerment to women ultimately creating paths out of poverty.
There is no cost to attend and those planning to attend please email names of attendees, or for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Causes we have supported
Amendment One vote
On September 13th, 2011, the NC legislature proposed an amendment to the Constitution that would ban legal recognition for all unmarried couples, strip protections and benefits from families across our state, hurt our business climate and economic development, and put our children in danger. On issues of civil rights we support passing laws that treat people equally, not those that are unjust. Therefore we opposed the amendment and encouraged all to vote against Amendment One on May 8.
Ada Jenkins Center
The Ada Jenkins Center gives at risk clients access to a comprehensive array of services under one roof. Our fellowship has collected food for the Loaves and Fishes food pantry, which serves needy families in the Davidson and surrounding areas. We have provided volunteer support for the LEARN Works after school tutoring program along with collections of school supplies. Volunteers from our fellowship have also provided administrative support for the front desk and Latino services and childcare for Latino families during parent class time.
Davidson Community Garden
Volunteers from our ranks have participated in planting and tending crops through a team effort. This community project is designed to provide fresh produce to neighbors in need in our local area and through the Ada Jenkins food pantry.
Collecting Coats for Crisis Assistance Ministry
November 2013, UUFLKN collected 63 coats to help Crisis Assistance Ministry’s FreeStore provide warm coats to individuals and families in need.
Carolina Raptor Center
Sept 2013: TheCarolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. UUFLKN provided adult and child volunteers to help clear trails and do some landscaping around the Raptor Veterinary Hospital.
In April 2011 we took an educational tour of the Iredell County Landfill as an exercise in observance of Earth Day, a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation of the earth’s natural environment.
Habitat for Humanity
UUFLKN has partnered with homeowners to paint and put up drywall in new Habitat houses. We got dirty, learned a skill, and worked with the homeowner family to build their dream!
Lunch and canned goods collection for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen
We prepared and served lunch to our hungry neighbors at the soup kitchen. The soup kitchen serves lunch Monday-Friday year round, and on Saturdays during the winter months January – March.
UUFLKN also collected canned and paper goods for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen at Thanksgiving.
Santa for Seniors with Mooresville Soup Kitchen
UUFLKN partnered with the Mooresville Soup Kitchen (MSK) to provide warming gifts for local low income and/or disabled seniors. We collected the Seniors Christmas wish list of sweatshirts, scarves, gloves and/or grocery gift cards. Congregants selected a Senior, shopped for him/her and we wrapped the gifts. All gifts were then delivered to Santa, who distributed them at the MSK’s Christmas week celebration.
Room In The Inn at Davidson United Methodist Church
Homelessness is an issue we care deeply about. Room In The Inn is a program of the Charlotte Urban Ministries Center to provide beds for the homeless during the winter months. UU Fellowship of Lake Norman has served one night during each of the last two seasons. This ministry is hosted at Davidson United Methodist Church three nights a week from December through March. Volunteers make the beds, cook and serve a home-cooked meal, fellowship with the guests, spend the night, serve breakfast and provide cleanup.
Bookbag Stuffing Event for LEARN Works at Ada Jenkins
We worked with the Ada Jenkins Center to provide bookbags and needed academic materials for a group of 15 rising 6th graders who will attend Bradley Middle School next year. These kids attended Cornelius and Davidson Elementary Schools and have been a part of the LEARN Works after school program at Ada Jenkins and will continue the program next year.
CROP Walk Charlotte
Our volunteers once again participated in this effort to raise awareness and funds locally to alleviate hunger and poverty in this country and around the world.
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
Kids collected money for a worthy cause in addition to Halloween candy. UNICEF provides global children’s services such as immunizations, clean drinking water, nourishment to prevent malnutrition, access to quality education, and efforts to fight against AIDS and child exploitation and trafficking. Even our littlest ones have an age appropriate way to offer help for children around the world.
Quarterly Adopt-A-Highway litter cleanup
UU Fellowship of Lake Norman is committed to the Adopt-A-Highway program for a minimum of four years. Our responsibility is to clean up litter in Davidson along a one-mile stretch of Davidson-Concord Road once a quarter. A sign at the end of each segment between Grey Road and the traffic circle at the edge of town credits the fellowship for this effort. This is a fun way to help make our environment a more beautiful place to live.