Foundations the latest news from Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County December 2018 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from HFHWC! Here at Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County we have been embracing the Holiday Spirit! From our November 3 Give Back Day; to Giving Tuesday; to the Jaycees Salisbury Christmas Parade; to the December 9 Barnes & Noble Book Fair, we have been getting out in the community to raise funds, awareness, and community spirit this Giving Season. In all we do, at the forefront of our minds and hearts, is the understanding that making a difference in the lives of the people in our community who need decent, affordable places to live is of the utmost importance. Please help us in our efforts to build stronger communities right here in Wicomico County. Every person has something to contribute. Every person has something to gain. Every hand makes a difference. Volunteers make all the difference in what we do. In no way was that more apparent than on November 3, when Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County partnered with Emmanuel Wesleyan Church to revitalize and serve the Church Street neighborhood. We painted; cleaned overgrown brush; winterized the community garden; conducted outreach; and worked on our playhouse for the Salisbury Christmas parade. Without the incredible volunteer turnout we had, we could not have made the impact we did. Each week volunteers dedicate time, talent, and heart to our mission. Without those efforts, we could not do what we do. To each person who gave, and continues to give, hours of personal time to perform service for Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County, thank you! To volunteer in construction; the ReStore; in our office; or for special events such as Chefs for Habitat or the Women’s Build, email volunteer coordinator Angel Watson. Chefs, Celebrity Sous Chefs, Sponsors, and Attendees Wanted for our 9th Annual Chefs for Habitat Gala On behalf of our Honorary Chairs, Chris and Chrissy Perdue, we invite you to our 9th annual Chefs for Habitat — a Gourmet Gala. With incredible local chefs; exciting live and silent auction items (including the custom-built playhouse we exhibited in the Salisbury Christmas Parade); and our fun celebrity sous chef competition, you won’t want to miss this evening. Tickets are on sale now. Visit our official website: www.chefsforhabitat.com The time to save on 2018 taxes through the MD Community Investment Tax Credit Program is winding down. Donors have until December 31 to take advantage of the Community Investment Tax Credit Program. Qualified donors may be able to receive the Federal and State tax deduction as well as a credit on Maryland taxes for half of their personal or business donation amount. This is a great savings for doing a great amount of good in our community. Click the photo link below for more details or email development coordinator Christina Williams to make your donation. Buy From Barnes & Noble Online Through Dec. 16 and Support ?Wicomico Habitat Thank you to our supporters who came out to our in-store bookfair event. While the brick-and-mortar event is over, you can still support Habitat online by using code 12443750 when you shop at Barnes & Noble online through December 16. Just click the coupon below or the header above to start shopping. Have gently used furniture, appliances, home decor, and/or building material you no longer want around the house? Don’t trash it… DONATE IT. Your financial support, your voice, and your time will help bring strength, stability, and independence to families in need of a place to live. Donate today. Thank you. 908 W. Isabella Street Salisbury, MD 21801 410-546-1551 www.wicomicohabitat.org FOLLOW US Facebook ? Instagram ?

December 7th, 2018 Dear Unitarian Universalists Who Desire Economic Justice in Our Nation, Our 2018 U.S. midterm elections are over, and whether or not the candidates we wanted were elected, we still have much work to do to achieve economic justice. And so, please donate as generously as you can to enable us, Unitarian Universalists for A Just Economic Community, to strengthen our work engaging, educating and inspiring UUs to become activists for social justice. Over the last year we co-sponsored: • “A Conversation with Chuck Collins” in Bedford, MA; “Actions to Do at Home” in Salisbury, MA; “Insist on Justice: Resist Inequality,” conference in Evanston, IL; “Focus on Fairness, Opening the Door on Income Inequality” with Chuck Collins, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, and author speaking on income inequality and its ills; Lawrence University economics professor Dylan Fitz speaking on “The causes and solutions to economic and wealth inequality” where a candidate forum was held; and • supported the development of the “Medicare for All Calculator” that enables us to understand what our actual costs would be if single-payer health care were to become a reality; • offered 30% discounts on Chuck Collins’s “Is Inequality in America Irreversible?” and Sam Pizzigati’s “The Case for A Maximum Wage;” • continued to offer our Escalating Inequality curriculum for use in UU congregations; • maintained an online forum for the exchange of ideas; and • awarded the Unitarian Church of Evanston, IL, and We produced monthly webinars (informational programs with speakers and audience participation on the internet — programs that are still available for you to view and hear through http://uujec.com/webinars) on subjects including: • 4 ways to get our voices heard; • a public bank for New Jersey; • healthcare for everybody; • a way to figure how much you’d save if single-payer healthcare were the law of the land and implemented; • workers organizing in the current political climate; • the Interfaith March for Peace and Justice; These programs and initiatives were developed with the very able assistance of our outgoing Administrator, Rachel Bennet Steury. She is currently working alongside our incoming administrator, Christopher Sims, as we seek to continue our collective efforts with renewed energy and steadfast dedication to justice. Our healthcare and racial equity work in 2018 has been supported by a one-year grant from Live Oak UU Church, Cedar Park, TX. We plan to accomplish at least as much in the coming year as we did the last. Given the election results which portend progress toward universal healthcare and infrastructure (read employment development), we will use your contributions toward another conference in DC to strategize our legislative agenda, and toward operating expenses. Our goal is $12,000 in individual and congregational donations. We welcome your ideas and news of your local advocacy toward economic justice. We hope you will volunteer to fill the roles of UUJEC, including joining committees (such as membership development or conference planning), task forces (healthcare justice, fair labor, wage, and tax policies), or joining our Board. We also welcome financial support for our work. If your congregation gives grants for UU social justice, we’d love to hear of that too. Please make your generous checks out to the UUJEC, and send them to UUJEC-Bannor, 2701 West Fitch Avenue, Chicago, IL 60665-20014, or online, https://uujec.com/membership. Thank you for what you will do. Sincerely, UUJEC Co-Chairs, Sally Jane Gellert and Terry Lowman