The Power of Children

The Power of Children

Robin Mitzcavitch, Director of Religious Education

Congratulations to the Compost Team and specifically Alma Trowbridge and mom Jessie for bringing this great idea to the church.  A group of adults (co-led by Betty Jenewin and Jessie Trowbridge) and children (thank you George Bejune and Flora Trowbridge for jumping right in and helping so much) gathered together with Alma to plan and kick this effort off!

It officially began yesterday at our church. Kids in our church made super awesome posters- thanks Evan Wilson for leading the group! Also,we had a fabulous skit performed last Sunday by Alma and George, Flora, and Becca and Sammi Wagner.  It was  exciting!  Let’s keep the excitement going!

Alma

Compost Team Meeting

 

Your children have great ideas and energy. Let’s help them make this a reality in your own homes too!!

Click here to find out what Worcester’s composting initiative, the Earth Machine, and drop off compost sites. Look around in your own towns to see what’s happening with composting and recycling.

Here is a video of what Quabbin School system does. It was taken by Betty Jenewin.

HERE is a Recycling Coloring Book for your enjoyment- and it’s really educational for all ages!!!! Thanks also to Betty for providing the resource.

Three cheers for composting!

And now for another!   Ciara Derr had an idea, something she had worked on in her own time- making comfort bags for homeless individuals. She shared her idea at her Coming of Age class. The class decided on a project to roll out the initiative in a broader way allowing the UUCW community and beyond to be involved! Introducing Stuff ‘N Bags!

  • Did you know that Worcester has the fifth highest percentage of homeless students in the United States and the highest percentage in New England?
  • Did you know that 50% of renters in the Worcester area can’t afford the cost of rent and utilities?
  • In order to afford a market rate apartment in Worcester, an average family would have to make $20 per hour full-time for 52 weeks of the year.
  • Most shelters in the area do not accept full families- splitting out the men in the family to other shelters.
  • Warming and day shelters do not fill the needs of all homeless people.

The Coming of Age class is embarking on a project this month to assist homeless individuals in the city of Worcester. Stuff ‘N Bags will begin with the collection of your gently used backpacks or handbags or smaller totes and also items to fill them.

Items we need to fill the bags:

  • Non-perishable snacks
  • WRTA passes
  • Health and Hygiene and toiletry supplies (including menstrual supplies)
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Reusable Water bottles/bags
  • Heat Packs
  • Socks

You can easily get most of these supplies purchased and shipped to UUCW quickly by CLICKING THIS WISHLIST LINK!

Or bring them in during the month of January and place the items in the blue cart in fellowship hall.   Then on Sunday Feb 2nd- join us as we do an assembly-line packing up of Stuff ‘N Bags after church in fellowship hall!!

Ideas like these are brewing all the time! Let’s hear them! You can start at home in a small and simple way. You can mention it to others and peak an interest or two. These small moves build and grow. Someday, each of us will be able to have a hand in changing the world or empowering our children to take up the charge and carry it forward.

Listen to the power of children!

Sincerely,

Robin