Volunteer Appreciation!


Explorers Club Olympics

February 8, 2014

Special thanks to the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills

children participating in games

Members of the UU Society of Wellesley Hills hosted the February Explorers Club and treated the children to an amazing Winter Olympics event! The children formed teams and made flags for their groups and, after a ceremonial procession, the teams enjoyed events like “cotton ball relay” that filled the room with laughter. Of course, each team was a winner! As were all of us at the UU Urban Ministry for getting to celebrate this very special event. Our deep thanks go to Elaine Mittell for organizing this very fun event, Ed Zeltner for his masterful work leading the children in activities, Linda Kotzas for the wonderful food, and Steve Fogg for helping to plan the day.


December Holiday Party

December 14, 2013

Special thanks to the First Unitarian Society in Newton, First Church in Boston, First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, and The First Church in Belmont Unitarian Universalist

girl writing to secret santa
volunteer and Explorers Club boy

As part of the Explorers Club/RYP Holiday Party preparation each year, the children make “Secret Santa” wish lists. Then in December the entire program enjoys a festive Holiday Party! While the children of Explorers Club enjoy their Secret Santa gifts, the older youth in Roxbury Youth Programs receive gift cards and Renewal House residents enjoy gift baskets filled with personal items. The whole group of volunteers enjoy a Holiday Party and meal together. As one of our bigger annual events, the Holiday Party takes many hands to make the day a success. This year we enjoyed gifts provided by the First Unitarian Society in Newton, coordinated by Judy Friedman. As well, the Rev. Stephen Kendrick from First Church in Boston personally provided 30 gift cards for RYP students. We all enjoyed delicious food from First Parish in Arlington, thanks to Marcia Butman, as well as The First Church in Belmont Unitarian Universalist, thanks to Patricia Garcia. Ultimately, more than 40 of you helped to make this a great holiday for nearly 80 RYP students and families!


Hope Out Loud

January 19, 2014

Special thanks to First Parish in Concord, First Unitarian Society in Newton, Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, Boston Mobilization, Union Methodist Church, The Boston Community Choir, Union Methodist Church, and Greater Victory Temple

singers in Sanctuary

With more than 220 people in attendance, this year’s Hope Out Loud event was a rousing success! Hope Out Loud is our annual midwinter celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our deep thanks go to this year’s emcee, the Rev Victoria Weinstein from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, and our concert coordinators Ann Watson Born from First Unitarian Society in Newton and Gail Carey and Beth Norton from First Parish in Concord. And many thanks to all the musicians and singers who made the day all it could be! This year’s event included the participation of Boston Mobilization youth, who spoke passionately about the need for a better living wage. We also enjoyed artwork by the young people in our Roxbury Youth Programs, and and some great Liturgical dancing from The Spiritual Life Dancers from Union Methodist Church. We also enjoyed soul stirring music from The Boston Community Choir, The Radical Praise Choir from Union Methodist Church, Greater Victory Temple Youth Choir, and the UU Urban Ministry & First Parish in Concord Children’s Choir.