Direct Service

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Direct Service Opportunities

From left to right:
Karen K., Jean P., Mitch C., Elizabeth B., Chuck M., Michael C., Guest, Deborah V., Marty H., Sam T.
Present but not in the photo are Lucy H., Lea R., Anne Marie H., and Archie.
Photo: courtesy of Anne Marie Haber


Looking for an opportunity to put your faith into action? Here’s just a few ways you can get involved:

The Albany UU Social Justice Team and Inclusivity Team recommend a Black Lives Matter vigil in Troy:
When: Saturdays, 10:30-11:00 am 
Where: Corner of River Street at the intersection of Fulton and Third Streets, 12180
  • pandemic concerns: It’s important to remember that vaccines protect the vaccinated.  Even as restrictions are lifted in New York State, some may choose to take precautions because of inability to be vaccinated (e.g., age, illness, compromised immune system).  Please remember that if you are vaccinated, you are still susceptible to being an asymptomatic carrier of Covid-19.  Those who wish to take precautions are invited to.  If you are no longer taking precautions, please respect the decisions of those who do.  Only an individual knows their full risk.  It can be perceived as confrontational to ask vaccine-status of others.
  • signs only, no chanting (except for meditative religious practice)
  • the vigil will automatically be canceled due to threat of severe weather
The purpose is two-fold:
  1. to express that Black Lives Matter
  2. to embolden white people to act against racism
To ensure safety as much as we can, we are working under these agreements as a provisionary covenant:
  • We carry signs with the same message: “Black Lives Matter,” or “Stand Against Racism.”
  • We limit our positive responses to a thumbs-up or a wave.
  • We do not respond to any negative reactions, such as heckling.
  • One person, not holding a sign, will be designated to take photos of license plates of anyone who is inappropriate.
  • We all leave at the end of the vigil, and people leave together.
  • If friends join us, we advise them of the measures above.
If you can’t or don’t want to join standing, you are invited to drive by and wave or honk encouragement.

Stand Against Racism Vigil in Delmar
Join Albany UUs each Saturday to Stand Against Racism, in front of the Delmar Farmers Market at the middle school, 332 Kenwood Avenue, from 9:30 to 10 AM. Welcoming all – whether you live in Delmar, Albany, or anywhere nearby!


Crop Walk for Hunger

Contact Dawn Dana for information on the Crop Walk. See Albany UU featured below!

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Here are other ways to get involved:
  • Volunteering in the classrooms at Sheridan Preparatory Academy
  • Helping with the Sheridan Playground Project
  • Collecting funds on the fourth Sunday of the month for Focus Food Pantry
  • Collecting warm clothing and blankets for people who are homeless

Other ways Albany UU helps:

Social Responsibility

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