First Unitarian Society in Newton

FUSN Life / Social Action / Do One Thing

What one thing do you want to change in the world today?

You can make a difference.

Join like minded people to take action.

If you have an idea and don’t see it here, email socialaction [at] fusn [dot] org and let’s try to make it happen!

Email connecting to all projects: socialaction [at] fusn [dot] org.

Check out upcoming events on the FUSN Social Action Calendar.

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Give to Newton Food Pantry

Bring a box or can for hungry Newtonians on Community Breakfast Sundays. FUSN contact: Jackie Colby

Volunteer at Greater Boston Food Bank

Sign up one Saturday (out of 10 per year) to sort food donations at a beautiful, modern facility in Boston which supplies New England soup kitchens and food banks. See Social Action calendar. FUSN contact: Eric Haas

Serve Lunch at Women’s Lunch Place

Join a group of FUSNites to cook and serve homeless women at Newbury Street church once a month.  See SA calendar. FUSN contact: Eileen Kurkoski

Project Zambia 

Make a donation to support food and education for AIDS orphans in a community in Zambia. Find out about FUSN’s annual  summer trip to Zambia (16 and older). Help with the March Youth Coffeehouse, which supplies funds. FUSN contact: Dick Bail




(November - December)

Stand High/Stand United: Gifts to Roxbury Kids

Buy Christmas gifts for Roxbury youth., FUSN contact: Judy Friedman

Healthy Baby Gifts: For at-risk Boston Children

Donate gifts for low-income kids at Christmas. FUSN contact: Beth Walton, RE Assistant

Alternative Gift Fair: For FUSN Social Action

Instead of a tie or a box of candy, give your loved ones a card marking your donation in their honor to a FUSN-endorsed charity. At coffee hour one Sunday in December. FUSN contact: Sharon Sisskind

Buy UUSC Holiday Cards

Beautiful cards for sale in December, funds international justice work by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committe. FUSN contact: Karen Lein

UUSC Holiday Guest at Our Table

Support UU justice efforts around the world. FUSN contact: Karen Lein

Holiday Prison Gift Project

Purchase and donate Christmas items from a list of toiletries, etc., to be given to one of the 1,700 inmates in Concord prisons, many of whom receive no other gifts.  FUSN contact: Mary Lou McArdle



UU Mass Action Advocacy Day at the State House

On Tuesday, May 13th, join other UUs from FUSN and across Massachusetts at the State House to celebrate 10 Years of Marriage for All, and to promote this year’s issues: raising the minimum wage, and reforming criminal justice and immigration laws. Find out more at  FUSN contact: Lynn Holbein

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Find out how to support sensible gun control laws at  FUSN contact: Elaine Pratt

NAMI: Advocate Funding for Mental Health Services

Walk or sponsor a walker on May 10, 2014. The NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) Walk supports the mentally ill and their families.  FUSN contact: Nancy Stanton

20/20 Action: 20 Minute Action each Month

Make a difference for peace and the environment, You will receive a postcard or email each month explaining what you can do in 20 minutes or less, usually a call or quick note to a legislator.  FUSN contact: Peter Smith

Green Sanctuary: Reduce Climate Change 

Learn about lots of ways to reduce your carbon footprint. FUSN contact: Carrie van der Laan

UU United Nations Office: New York Spring Conference

Learn how you can support the UN’s work for peace, human rights, environment & diplomacy.  FUSN contact: Peter Smith



UU Urban Ministry: After School Tutoring

Partner with middle-schoolers at a Unitarian Church in Roxbury, for homework help or enriching field trips.   FUSN contact: Judy Friedman

Partakers College Behind Bars: College Inmates

Join of a FUSN team who visits monthly with an inmate who is taking classes to obtain a college degree while in prison.  FUSN contact: Elizabeth Godrick

Mather School: Tutor Inner-City Kids

Tutor elementary school kids in Dorchester in basic skills, and support them with school supplies and nutritious snacks during MCAS testing. FUSN contact: Rev. Cheryl Lloyd

Project Zambia: Summer Trip to Teach Kids in Africa

Find out about FUSN’s annual  summer trip to Zambia (16 and older), and help raise funding for education for AIDS orphans. FUSN contact: Dick Bail



Read UU Common Read: Behind the Kitchen Door

Read this year’s book chosen by Unitarian Universalists across the country to read.  The invisible lives of those who prepare our restaurant food. FUSN contact: Alice Wood

Project Zambia: Travel, Teach, Raise Contributions

Summer service trip of FUSNites (age 16 and up) who travel to Zambia to teach children and make friends.  FUSN contact: Dick Bail

Prison Art Program: Substitute Art Teacher

Occasional substitutes needed to join other FUSNites to carpool and lead this ongoing prison art class. We leave Newton at 5, and the class is Thursday nights from 6-8. No art experience necessary, just sit and chat with “the guys.”  FUSN contact: Lynn Holbein

Alternatives to Violence: Prisoner Weekend Program

Award-winning curriculum for a weekend of exploring and sharing with people behind bars. Learn more at FUSN contact: Jim Emerson

Join an Eco-Team: Learn about Energy Conservation

Learn strategies for decreasing your carbon footprint. FUSN contact: Eric Olson



Habitat for Humanity: One of 3 Weekends a Year

With FUSN folks, hammer and paint on a Habitat project. See Social Action calendar for dates. FUSN contact: Barney Freiberg-Dale

Bikes Not Bombs: Fix Bikes with City Kids

Donate used bikes fixed in Roxbury and sold in Central America. Bring your used bikes to the FUSN bike drive held each spring. FUSN contact: Joyce Pollock

Project Zambia: Building Projects in Zambia

Consider going on the summer trip to work with kids and help build a new school in Zambia. Help raise funds to educate AIDS orphans there.   FUSN contact: Dick Bail

Walk (or sponsor)

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute: Mother’s Day Walk

On Mother’s Day, join the FUSN team on the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace. This walk supports the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, which helps families who have lost children and teens to gun violence. FUSN contact: Josie Greene

Walk for Hunger: May 4th 

Walk or sponsor a walker on the FUSN team on May 4th to raise funds for 400 soup kitchens and food pantries in Massachusetts.   FUSN contact: Lynn Holbein

National Alliance on Mental Illness Walk in May 10, 2014

Walk or sponsor a walker to support persons with mental illness and their families. FUSN contact: Nancy Stanton

Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 28, 2014

Walk or sponsor a walker to raise awareness and support efforts to fight Alzheimer’s. FUSN contact: Barney Freiberg-Dale

Green Sanctuary: Nature Walks for Families

Spring walks to appreciate our natural environment. FUSN contact: Carrie van der Laan

Boston Pride Parade: Walk with FUSN on June 14, 2014

Walk with the FUSN group to support equal rights. FUSN contact: Barney Freiberg-Dale


Second Step: Used Items/Furniture

Donate items to help re-house victims of domestic violence. FUSN contact: Mary-Ann Greene

Choose Fair Trade Coffee 

Buying Fair Trade coffee and chocolate when you shop supports living wages for farmers around the world. FUSN contact: Mike Arnott

Coming of Age: Ecclesia with Boston Homeless

Mentors and mentees spend a weekend in Boston getting to know and helping homeless men and women. FUSN contact: Perry Montrose

Project Zambia: March Coffeehouse

Youth bands, fun acts, what’s not to like? And the money raised will educate AIDS orphans in Zambia.   FUSN contact: Carol Reichert



FUSN Community Garden for Newton Food Pantry

Get your hands dirty raising fresh produce for those who visit the Newton Food Pantry.  FUSN contact: Paul Antonucci & Lois Shapiro

Earth Day Events for Families – April 22, 2014

Help with a wide variety of fun intergenerational activities to educate the public about protecting our earth. FUSN contact: Carrie van der Laan

Go on a Community-Supported Agriculture Field Trip

Tour a farm in which you can buy a share of locally grown organic produce. FUSN contact: Mark Leicester

Buy at Local Farmers Markets

Support your local farmers, get fresh food from its source. There are two weekly Farmers’ Markets in Newton from early July until the end of October. 



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