The church has been in its current location since the 1930’s. Our members were active in the Civil Rights movement. In 1974, we started the Austin Scholarship program – and since then the congregation and our partners have supported more than 500 Austin-area high school students to attend college. For many years the church has been home to a daycare center, now certified for children in the Head Start program. Since 2000, the church has joined with neighbors in clearing and improving three properties to create a playground and community gardens.
One of the properties is now the TUC Community Garden, used by members and neighbors to grow produce in raised boxes. A new stone patio provides a center for church social events in the garden. Nearby, a large children’s playground serves the congregation’s children and the daycare center. The Little Leaders of Tomorrow Day Care Center housed in the Third Unitarian Church building has joined in the gardening and going green effort with raised garden beds built especially for children’s use.
Another property on the northeast corner of Mayfield and Fulton is known as the Mayfield Community Garden. Here we have garden beds available for community members, and we grow vegetables for area food pantries.
In recent years, the neighborhood has seen the creation of a senior residence building, new subsidized and market-rate housing, a new bank branch and establishment of a sixteen-block neighborhood organization, called Central Austin Neighborhood Association
(CANA). CANA meets monthly in the church, sponsors neighborhood improvement events, and joins the congregation occasionally for combined social events.