UUCSC is Heading to Puerto Rico to Help Rebuild. Join us!
We are now in the planning stages for a multi-generational service trip to Puerto Rico on April 13 through 20, 2019, with Community Collaborations International (www.communitycollaborations.org).
It’s not too late to sign up and join us for next years’ service trip to Puerto Rico. The planning committee for the UUCSC service trip, which will take place April 13 – 20, 2019, has been busy working on the many details involved, as well as on fundraising ideas to help with costs and scholarships. The trip is being coordinated through the non-profit organization, Community Collaborations International, which you can learn more about through their website at https://www.communitycollaborations.org/
Registration for the UUCSC Service Trip is open to all in the UUCSC community, 13 years and up. The island continues to work to recover from the devastating hurricanes of a year ago. But the systemic issues run deeper than that —Puerto Rico’s basic infrastructure has been degrading for years, and is, in some cases, nonexistent due to massive federal underfunding. But let’s be clear: we’re not going there because ‘they need our help,’ but because we see our shared humanity, we can imagine what it would be like to not have access to even the most basic utilities, and we have the desire to work in collaboration with others to rebuild this beautiful and culturally important part of the United States.
This will not be an easy trip with lots of luxuries or creature comforts of home, but if you join us, your relationships with other members of the congregation, with new friends in Puerto Rico, and with yourself will shift, change, and deepen. There is nothing like being in service, to putting our shared values into action, that propels one’s self deeper into faith and commitment.
To register for the UUCSC Puerto Rico service trip, send a note to Karen St. Peter, UUCSC administrator, 27 North Road, Peace Dale, RI, 02879. Include your name, address, telephone number, email address, $25 registration fee (made out to UUCSC/note: service trip registration), and a statement that you want to register for the service trip. Space on the trip is somewhat limited, so please try to get your registration in soon. The final date to register is October 1. The projected cost per person for the trip is $885 (8 days/7nights), not including airfare (which is being worked on to get special charter rates). The trip includes pickup from the airport and return to the airport, if we all arrive at the same time. If you make other arrangements, flying on your own, you will be responsible for arriving in Fajardo on April 13, 2019.
The planning committee has scheduled a special informational meeting with Steve Boisvert, Founder and Director of Community Collaborations International will take place on Sunday, September 16 at 11:30 am at UUCSC, following service and coffee hour. He will be there to share information and to address any questions that you have. Please put it on your calendar.
From the UUCSC Puerto Rico service trip planning committee: Rev David Helfer, Bethany Vaccaro, Gail Burchard, John Glasheen, Elizabeth Donovan, Etta Zasloff and Betsy Dalton
Use this registration form to reserve your seat:
_Registration for Service Trip to Puerto Rico