Volunteering

Everything looks different right now during this time of COVID. To learn more about volunteering at this time, check our Committees page, our Social Action section, or contact the Coordinating Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for help. For short term and fundraising opportunities, check out our Facebook page

CIRCLE OF CARE: 

CLIMATE ACTION GROUP (CAG):

  • CAG initiates and participates in local and global activities that raise awareness about the destructive effects of fossil fuel consumption, and attempt to change behavior by both citizens and politicians. Current highlights: follow the discourse on the "Drawdown" project (a plan to end global warming) and participate in the "Northampton Blue Community" project. 

  • How to engage: Attend our meetings (every two weeks after the Sunday service) to learn about local events, initiatives and demonstrations.

  • Contact: Tony Rose at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with CAG in subject line

GROVE STREET COOKERS:

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY INTERFAITH HELP FUND:

  • The Interfaith Help Fund provides emergency financial assistance on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 to residents of Hampshire County who have exhausted their own resources. Most common needs are for those facing electric shut-off, eviction, or inadequate heating fuel.

  • How to engage: Participate in meeting with people who would like to receive funds on Tuesday afternoons or donate.

  • Contact: Juli Kinsman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with Help Fund in subject line

INTERFAITH EMERGENCY COT SHELTER:

  • The YRUU Youth Group provides meals to the shelter every second Sunday from November to April. 

  • How to engage: Come cook & serve with the Youth Group one Sunday per month!

  • Contact: Annie Doran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PASTORAL FRIENDS:

  • Pastoral Friends are members of the congregation who are available to offer an occasional meal, ride, or other assistance to other members in need.

  • How to engage: Jump in to offer meals, rides, or other forms of care. 

  • Contact:  Add your name to the Pastoral Care Team list or call the office at (413) 584-1390 and leave a message at extension 207.

SANCTUARY:

  • Irida Kakhtiranova has been living in sanctuary since April, 2018. For more information, visit the Sanctuary Menu on the Home page.

  • How to engage: Provide accompaniment at USNF, give rides to her children, and help with meals and grocery shopping.

  • For more info and to sign upSanctuary Volunteer Interest Form.  

SUNDAY SERVICE HELPERS:

  • It takes a community to put on a Sunday service and you are a part of it!

  • How to engage: Service helpers greet people, light the chalice at service, serve coffee at Social Hour, and contribute to the Sunday service in various other ways. 

  • For more info and to sign up: Sunday Jobs page .

RE TEACHERS and ASSISTANT TEACHERS:

  • We have a Faith Development program for people of all ages. Our teachers are community members that share their interests, skills, and expertise, while deepening their connections to faith and our community.

  • How to engage: Volunteers help with teaching, assistant teaching, leading activities, and organizing (behind the scenes). 

  • Contact: Jessica at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TRAIL CLEANING TEAMS:

  • USNF has adopted the bike trail section between Veterans Field and Pleasant St.  We clean up the trail to make it a pleasure and treasure for walkers and bikers.

  • How to engage: Come pick up trash with us during the warmer seasons. It takes about an hour.  There are several options for days to go:

    • First Sunday of the month - after the service, about 11:15.  Team Leader Gail Gaustad
    • Second Tuesday of the month at 8:00 AM.  Team Leader Anne Lombard
    • Third or Fourth Wednesday of the month - late afternoon.  Team Leader Ellen Dickinson
    If you would like to connect with a team leader, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the name of the team leader in the subject line.

WELCOME TEAM:

  • The Welcome Team consists of people who make a special effort to welcome visitors and newcomers on Sunday Mornings during the community greeting and during the social hour. Welcome Team members can be identified by their pink name tag.

  • To engage: All are welcome to become part of this team on Sunday mornings before, during, and after the service.

  • Contact: Evelyn Billings or Katharine Nelson; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SEASONAL OPPORTUNITIES:

For information about short-term engagement opportunities, please visit our Facebook page! Some options include First Night Volunteering, Annual Auction planning & Pride March.

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