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A UUSC local representative is the direct link between a congregation and UUSC. Local reps volunteer to help UUSC partner with their congregations to advance human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world — and these efforts help make UUSC's work possible.
What does a UUSC local rep do?
- Raise awareness of UUSC's programs and action opportunities
- Build strong UUSC membership among congregation members
- Help raise the funds necessary for UUSC to defend human rights
Local reps disseminate key information to congregational leaders and committees, and work with them to foster participation in Guest at Your Table and Justice Sunday. Local reps are encouraged (though not required) to work in pairs; those in larger congregations have formed UUSC teams, and many local reps work with their social-action committee or faith-in-justice team. You can split tasks according to time, talents, and skills so that your projects are more successful and enjoyable!
The role of local rep is flexible and adaptable to your interests. In addition to the core responsibilities, a local rep may facilitate a range of activities, including the following:
- Tabling for UUSC during coffee hours
- Organizing a membership drive for UUSC with a specific goal
- Hosting a UUSC speaker during a service, workshop, or other event
- Coordinating a youth-led fundraising project (like some of our amazing volunteers in Florida have done)
- Sharing the plate for UUSC, informing the congregation on why they should support UUSC's work, and reporting back on how much money is raised
Collaboration with congregational leadership — ministers, religious education professionals, board members, social-action committee, etc. — is very important in this process. Talk with your congregational leadership about becoming a UUSC local rep to ensure congregational policies are upheld (you may need approval from the minister, board chair, or other congregational body). Each local rep makes a one-year commitment, renewable on an annual basis. After accepting the role, you will receive a full orientation packet. UUSC provides annual congregational program materials, monthly update bulletins, and monthly conference calls on key topics.
Local reps are essential in connecting UUSC to congregations. Please consider making the commitment — because justice is needed today and every day. Are you ready? Complete this online form or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!