Volunteer Information

Our congregation is built on the gifts and talents of our members and friends.  With so many people, and so many gifts, sometimes it is easier to identify our needs first, then let you decide where you might like to help.  All positions on this page are Volunteer positions.  For each position that interests you, please contact the referenced person for that position, and you can discuss and decide if it is the right place for you.

Religious Education - Youth
* Please Note:  Due to UUCGT's Safe Congregation Policy, we require RE Volunteers to go through Volunteer Screening.  (Information at bottom of this page)

Religious Education (RE) Teaching Teams on Sunday Morning

Time Commitment:  Sundays, September – May (approximately 1 Sunday a month)
Description:  The Sunday RE teacher assistant will work with a given age group through a prepared activity/lesson.  They will participate in Teacher Training to assist in their preparedness.
Expectations:  Each team will make their own calendar/schedule based on the calendars of the individuals on that team.  Teachers familiarize themselves with the activity/lesson in advance, come prepared to teach, and arrive at UUCGT no later than 10:10 am on a Sunday morning.  Classroom clean-up completes this responsibility.

Friday Night Out

Time Commitment:  Event occurs the 2nd Friday of each month – an individual need not commit to helping every month - an occasional commitment is appreciated.  Volunteers arrive no later than 5:15 pm and stay until the last child is picked up and the classrooms are cleaned up (no later than 9:15 pm).
Description:  Friday Night Out is our childcare drop-in program.  Parents drop children off, sign them in, and are expected to pick up their children at 9:00 pm.  This volunteer will work with paid staff to supervise play, movies, and dinner.  Pizza is provided.

Assist with Meals and Snacks

Time Commitment:  As needed
Description:  We are always in need of snacks for our Sunday classes.  Additionally, occasionally there are meetings after service during which we provide lunch for the children.  Occasionally, we have dinners, lunches, other special events, etc. that require assistance.

Religious Education - Adults

Teachers/Classes/Groups

Time Commitment:  As schedules allow
Description:  We are always open to book discussion groups, topical classes (such a goddess studies, computers and technology, environmental issues, chalice circles, mom groups, etc.  If you have an idea, please reach out to us.

Membership Committee
Contact:  Chris Lautz, Chair chrislautz7777@gmail.com

Membership Team Member
Time Commitment: Roughly 1 meeting a month, assist on Sundays at Welcome Table or as a Greeter.
Description:  Work with Team to plan and organize New Member Orientation, Welcome ceremonies, Sunday Greeters. Schedule events to help build and nurture fellowship within the Congregation.
Expectations:  Organizing with the Team to encourage new and current membership.

Pledge Drive Committee
Contact:  Rick Walter – rick9709@sbcglobal.net

Pledge Drive Team Member
Time Commitment:  Roughly 1 meeting or less a month, assisting with Pledge Drive which runs for 6 weeks, February - March.
Description:  Working with Pledge Drive Committee and Chair to plan and organize our annual pledge drive.
Expectations:  Organizing with your Team to plan and run the Annual Pledge drive.

Policy Committee
Contact:  Tom Darnton, Chair – tdarnton@me.com

Policy Team Member
Time Commitment:  Meeting 1 – 2 times a month for 1 hour
Description:  Working to reconstruct the policy manual, keeping in mind our interest in our policies is to have them grow organically to fit our congregation.  Once the structure of the policy manual is in place, organizing the requests from committees and task forces to have policies remain relevant to our mission.
Expectations:  Work with Team to think about the congregation, and build a structure from within which we can grow.

Sunday Services Committee
Contact:  Hal Gurian, Co-Chair – hgurian1@gmail.com or Amanda Mangiardi, Co-Chair jomangiardi@hotmail.com\

Sunday ServicesTeam Member
Time Commitment:  Monthly meeting, 15 minutes on Sunday mornings.
Description:  Plan and coordinate thematic Sunday Services.  Do you like to arrive at church early on Sunday?  You could help by taking a turn at making sure the hymnals are ready to be distributed as guests come through the door.

Staff Resources Team
Contact:  Mike McDonald m_mcdonald@charter.net

Staff Resources Member
Time Commitment:  Meeting 1 – 2 times a month for 1 hour
Description:  Assure that our employer/employee policies are fair and respectful.
Expectations:  Work with Team to address employees' concerns.

 

Additional UUCGT Volunteer Committees

Art & Exhibitions
Barbara McClellan, Chair

Committee On Ministry

Community Needs

Congregational Care Team
Joanie Jackson, Co-Chair
Pat Light, Co-Chair

Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans – CUUPS
Amanda Sparks

Endowment
Price Watts, Chair

Facilities Management
Dave Halsted, Chair

Finance

Green Sanctuary

Hospitality
Sandra & Mike McDonald

Kitchen
Sandra McDonald, Chair

Leadership Development
Joe Cook, Chair

Library
Bonnie Mathias, Chair

Memorial Garden
Richard Miller, Chair

Memorial Services
Lauren Keinath, Co-Chair
Sandra McDonald, Co-Chair

Music Committee

Safe Congregation

Social Justice Action
Barbara Conley
Emmy Lou Cholak

Tuesday Community Lunch @ Friends Church
Mary Kiner

Wednesday Night Suppers
Sandra McDonald

 

Do you have a gift you would like to share that is not listed?  Do you have need of a volunteer on your committee?  
Contact the UUCGT office at 231-947-3117, or office@uucgt.org.

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“Religious Experience Volunteer Screening” from the UUCGT Safe Congregation Policy:

      1. All volunteers who will work with children or youth under the auspices of UUCGT, whether the children are part of the UUCGT community or not, must apply to be a volunteer and sign the Religious Education (Teacher) Contract.
      2. General Guidelines:
        1. Volunteers must have been active church participants for six months.
        2. Youth advisers must be at least 25 years of age.
        3. Either child care workers must be at least 18 years old, or, if younger teens are employed, the event planner must provide adult supervision for the teens.  Supervising adult/s must be screened in the same way as other volunteers.
        4. All volunteers and drivers must fill out an application form.
        5. All volunteers and drivers will be screened through the Department of Health and Human Services and the church insurance company.
        6. Any applicant found to be a registered sex offender will not be allowed to volunteer with children or youth.
        7. Any applicant who has been required to surrender a license to teach, or practice therapy or medicine of any kind with children or youth, with cause, will not be allowed to volunteer with children or youth.