Austin Scholarship Program
Since 1974 the Austin Scholarship Committee has reviewed applications and awarded 12-17 scholarships per year to graduating high school seniors in the Austin area. Committee members visit Chicago schools to invite applicants; review, deliberate and vote on awards; and participate in planning and staging the awards ceremony.
The current scholarship is for $1000 per student, awarded in two installments: the first based on high school grades and acceptance to college, and the second based on the student successfully completing the first semester.
During the preceding church year, the committee raises funds through church events and outreach to other congregations. For many years, in addition the Third Unitarian, Unity Temple in Oak Park and Winnetka Congregational Church have contributed to the fund.
Each May, the winners and their parents are invited to the church service for the annual Scholarship Sunday awards ceremony.
Mayfield Community Gardens
Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI)
Mission: UUANI (Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois) was founded in 2013 and organized to build power among UU congregations in Illinois, in order to put our UU values into meaningful, concrete far-reaching action toward social justice. As a member of UUANI, Third Unitarian works collectively with other UU churches and collaboratively with effective partner organizations to influence the creation of meaningful social change toward justice, beloved community, and a healthy planet.
Learn more about UUANI at http://www.uuani.org/ and the Action to the Week.
Mission: Community Renewal Society (CRS) is a faith-based organization that works with people and communities to address racism and poverty. CRS transforms society towards greater justice and compassion. CRS informs, organizes, and trains individuals to advocate for social and economic justice. With other CRS member organizations, Third Unitarian votes annually on which issues to include in its “Platform for Renewal.”
Strength in Numbers: CRS holds large rallies with members of many congregations represented, often inviting candidates, legislators and local officials to lobby for the reforms in its platform. CRS and its allies have accomplished important victories in ex-offender rehabilitation, police reform, and gun control.
Learn more about CRS’ past successes, current Platform for Renewal, and planned rallies at www.communityrenewalsociety.org.