Volunteer Opportunities

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
– Mahatma Gandhi

During this time of physical distancing while our building is closed, many of our ways to get involved have moved online.

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Volunteer service to our congregation and our community is part of our Unitarian Universalist ethic. UUs live their faith by doing. 

Volunteers Needed at Sheridan Prep
Sheridan Prep holds a monthly farmers’ market to benefit students and their families. They need volunteers for two tasks:
  1. To assist with driving cartons of food from the Regional Food Bank at 965 Albany Shaker Road in Latham to the school and
  2. To help organize the food in the school gym.
The farmers’ market is held on the last Wednesday of each month. The March date is the 31st. Volunteer drivers will meet at the Regional Food Bank at 10 am to move cartons from the dock to their cars. They will then drive to the school where two school staff will help unload and deliver the food to the gym. It is helpful if the drivers have vehicles large enough to carry multiple cartons. Volunteers will be finished around 11:30 am.
 
Volunteers in the gym will meet at Sheridan Prep at 12:30 pm. No more than five or six people–Sheridan staff and UU volunteers–wearing masks will help in the gym. Volunteers will open cartons and arrange food on available tables. Some staff and families will have pre-ordered food and volunteers will sort the ordered food into boxes. Volunteers will be finished around 2 pm, before families arrive to collect their food.
 
This is an opportunity to help Sheridan kids without making a long-term commitment. If you would like to volunteer or have questions, please contact Martha Musser by phone (518-313-9674) or email (mussermartha@gmail.com). 
 
 

Growth Through Service is about tapping into what connects you to Albany UU. We want to learn about you so that we can help you connect and collaborate in ways that mean the most to you. And we want to celebrate all that you bring to Albany UU.  Sign up for a conversation with a Growth Through Service volunteer.

To watch what service means to Albany UU members, check out this video!

Whether you have unlimited time to share or can only help an hour or so every month or two, there are many ways to serve Albany UU and our larger community.

Volunteering to assist with Sunday Hospitality is a wonderful way to meet people (even when we’re virtual!):

Virtual Service Ushers:
This is a great opportunity to volunteer on a Sunday morning! Ushers and Welcomers are needed on Sunday mornings to help provide a welcoming, safe and enjoyable virtual experience. We need folks who would be willing to volunteer to help. Tammy will provide a quick and simple training. PLEASE contact her if you’d like to learn more: admin@albanyuu.org.
  • When we’re back in our sacred space:
  • Greeters welcome visitors and members to church.
  • Welcome Table volunteers assist visitors.
  • Ushers assist before and during the worship service.
  • Coffee hour hosts facilitate our gathering after the service in Channing Hall.

Sign up online to volunteer for Sunday Hospitality!
The above link is used when we gather in our church building.

Interested in joining a teaching team in our religious education program for children? Contact the Director of Religious Education.

Sign up with the Gardening Team to help maintain our attractive gardens from May through September! Call the church office to find out more. (518.463.7135)

Our community service activities include preparing a free Community Breakfast (on hold during the pandemic) on the third Saturdays of the month, raising funds to end hunger through a charity walk, volunteering at Sheridan Preparatory Academy (our neighborhood’s public elementary school).  Watch for these and other direct service opportunities in Sunday announcements and in Windows Weekly!

Our Social Responsibilities Council is an umbrella organization for a number of active teams that are working on social justice issues and welcome volunteers. Watch for their meeting dates and times in Sunday announcements and in Windows Weekly!

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