Volunteers make the Unitarian Society go ’round! We have many opportunities for Members and Friends to get involved. See if one of the job descriptions below sounds like a good fit for you. We’re ready to help you get started.
Help us give our kitchen some love! So many wonderful events and happenings take place here at USSB, and of course use of our kitchen goes with that. We are looking for two organizationally-minded volunteers to help us keep our kitchen in shape. This volunteer position does not require cleaning so much as organizing (and keeping organized) our beautiful professional kitchen. Time commitment would be roughly 2 hours every other week, or 4 hours a month. We can work around your schedule! If you are interested in helping, please contact Erin Wilson.
We meet, we greet, we answer questions, and we serve coffee and tea. In other words, our Sunday Volunteers create a special welcoming atmosphere for long-time members and visitors alike. If you enjoy being with friends and making new friends then this is one of the best volunteer opportunities at USSB. E-mail Maureen Claffey or talk to her in person on Sundays.
Our Ushers play an integral role during Sunday services. Other than our Ministers and Lay Leaders, Ushers are often the first people seen upon entering the Sanctuary for a Sunday service. Ushers make sure the Sanctuary is ready, hand out Orders of Service, and greet people upon entering. Ushers participate in the collection and are watchful eyes and ears during the services, making sure that all is well. Contact Gary Welterlen or Maureen Claffey.
If you enjoy greeting people and have a love for books, you may want to be part of the Bookstall Table Team. We have a spot in the shade during our Community time between services and sell books of relevance to the Congregation. You may sign up to help occasionally or more frequently. If you’re interested, please contact the office.
Our Membership Ministry is dedicated providing a warm, welcoming and connected environment for members and visitors alike. We encourage and help people navigate their way from their first visit to Membership and beyond. If you have found your spiritual home here and would like to share it with others, this is the volunteer committee for you. Please contact any of the following people if you are interested: Maureen Claffey, Catherine Callahan, Laraine Gray, or Sally Hamilton.
Enjoy working with flowers? Please join us on the flower committee. We have all kinds of tools and just need kindred spirits who enjoy floral arrangement, or would be interested in learning, and/or shadowing one of us. We have no meetings, except an occasional social lunch, and gather as a team once a year to decorate the church in greens for the winter holiday. Each Sunday the flowers are arranged on the chancel table in the sanctuary. The flower ministry is our contribution to an aesthetic Sunday experience. Contact Donnis Galvan.
Healthy Snack Committee
Be the food change you want to see. The Healthy Snack Committee is looking for individuals or teams who will join us in bringing plant-based, organic, and gluten-free snacks for social time on Sunday mornings. Each individual or team takes one turn every ten weeks to three months (depending on committee membership). We work on a rotation basis with lots of chances to swap with others for your preferred Sunday to be in charge, and we are reimbursed for our expenses. We’ll help to get you started so that you’ll know what, where, and how much to buy and where things are in the kitchen. Easy and lots of fun! Contact Cathy Albanese with questions and to sign up.
The Unitarian Society’s monthly newsletter is looking for anyone with proofreading, copyediting, graphic design, or photo editing skills. Time commitment is 2-3 hours per month, or more depending on your experience and enthusiasm ― even if your skills are modest you can help! We gather stories and profiles of our members, write notices for upcoming events, punch up copy, brighten photos, and lay it all out in the printed and digital versions of the Kaleidoscope. If you want to be the first to know what’s going on at USSB, join us! For details, contact our editor-in-chief, Nancy Van Antwerp.
We have a fabulous lending library for our members but not enough volunteers to keep it open every Sunday. Do you love the library? Are you detail oriented? Do you take advantage of our book and video collection? Do you have time on one or two Sundays a month to help out? No experience required ― training available – great camaraderie! Contact Ellie Tuazon.
Children’s Religious Education (CRE)
Have a passion for social justice? Curious about the world around you, and its people and customs? If you want to deepen your understanding of Unitarian Universalism and are longing for more laughter, excitement, and wonder, CRE is the perfect diving board for all of this and more. For more information about ways to get involved, visit the RE Table on Sundays, contact our Interim Director of Lifespan Education Sara Sautter, or click here to find out more.