Social Action – Sept 2020

UUFM Sponsors a Blessing Box and a Little Free Library at Wonder Workshop

“Blessing Boxes for Manhattan/Riley County is an initiative of the Food and Farm Council of Riley Co.  BBFM is an outdoor food pantry that serves those in need 24/7.  If you need a blessing, donations are available and if you are blessed, leave a blessing.”  — from

Doug Walter and  Dick Beeman built and installed the box.  Doug will organize the effort to keep it stocked.  To contribute items, contact Doug at  Or, drop by Wonder Workshop, at 506 S 4th Street, and stock the box with your items.

The Blessing Box is for people to take what they need and leave what they can.  The box is stocked with non-perishable food items and life-essential items such as feminine hygiene products, toothpaste and soap.

We’re also sponsoring a Little Free Library at Wonder Workshop in memory of Richard Pitts.  To contribute books, contact Doug Walter at  You’re also welcome to stock the library directly.  Our Little Free Library focuses on books for children and youth.  UUFM’s box is registered with the international organization as box number 107632, and is on the international map of Little Free Libraries.  Learn more at


Helping Hands

In September, Helping Hands contributions will be collected for CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates), with the belief that every child has the right to a safe, permanent home.  Unlike attorneys and social workers, CASA volunteers speak exclusively for the child’s best interests.  Learn more at

As we gather Sunday mornings from our homes, with no basket passing by, our Helping Hands recipients still count on this annual contribution from UUFM.  You can donate online at


Contact UUFM Social Action Coordinator Judy Nickelson at, to learn about all social justice efforts at the Fellowship.


Racial Justice Team

The UUFM Racial Justice Team meets at 4 pm, on the first Sunday each month.  Join us  on Sunday, October 4, to explore racial justice issues in our own community, and nationally.  We’ll also continue discussion of a UUFM Black Lives Matter banner.  Learn more from Jonalu Johnstone at

Currently, we are meeting on Zoom.  Log in at  The meeting ID is 930 7144 8824.  The password is zeandale.


MHKTogether provides eligible families with gift cards for groceries to be purchased at either Dillons or HyVee.  To receive this assistance go to the website at and complete a simple on-line application.  The cards are mailed to the approved applicants.  Households may receive from $50 to $150 depending on the size of the household.  These funds have been made available by donations from your friends and neighbors in Manhattan.

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