Unitarian Universalists are known for Social Justice and Social Action as a part of our religious commitment. Our first two UU Principles speak to this and our Fellowship has a long tradition of action and compassion toward those in need.
At UUFC, our congregation is committed to supporting both local and larger issues. Along with our fellow congregations of the Chico Interfaith Council, UUFC supports the efforts of the Chico Community Shelter Partnership—the Torres Shelter, for short—to help people who are experiencing homelessness. On the second Saturday of the month, our members help prepare and serve a nutritious meal at the Torres Shelter. In addition, we regularly collect toiletries and other items needed by the Torres Shelter guests.
Additionally, half of our cash offerings every Sunday go to charities selected by the congregation. We regularly collect food for the various food banks in Chico and deliver these donations about once a month. Many UUFC members and friends also are committed supporters of CHAT – Chico Housing Action Team.
UUFC Donates Camp Fire Funds to Concow Charity
Our UUFC community recently donated Camp Fire Funds that we received from many generous people throughout the country to a Concow charity that is helping meet the needs of the folks in that area.
Concow residents, Teri and John Rubiolo, began serving meals to those in need in the Concow area in 2015. When the Camp Fire destroyed their home, they continued to serve a hundred meals a day. Teri Rubiolo now lives in a trailer on her property and, within a week of moving back, the couple was serving meals, to the Concow community once again. Teri and John cooked all the meals in their trailer until they received a donated trailer for their cook kitchen. Along with cooking meals, Rubiolo offers laundry services and showers, and propane when funds are available.
Local food donations and private donors help keep the pantry stocked. Meals are delivered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday by the Rubiolos while they serve meals on their property the other days.