Monday, January 12, 2015

YRU2 Wishes You a Happy New Year!

This year, YRU2 Youth Group decided to do something different to celebrate the holidays.  We held our first annual YRU2 Holiday Party on December 21st.  We all dressed up, brought a dish to share, and enjoyed a candlelight dinner for 17!  After dinner, we had a Yankee gift swap with a twist - we were only allowed to bring a used item as our gift.  This was not only fun, but environmentally friendly!  Then we all gathered in front of the grand Christmas tree for our picture.  It was a great time for all and we are looking forward to this becoming an annual event.  YRU2 wishes you all a very Happy New Year! 

YRU2 First Unitarian Worcester UUA

BYKOTA Volunteers at The Little Store

BYKOTA Makes a Big Difference!
by Lisa McWalters

BYKOTA volunteers at Little Store and makes a Big Difference!
BYKOTA First Unitarian Church Worcester 2014
Bykota youth and advisors helped "shop" for gifts for children in Worcester who would not otherwise have presents on Christmas morning.  We volunteered on December 20th, filling bags with donated toys, coats, books, and stocking stuffers.
BYKOTA First Unitarian Church Worcester 2014  
"I loved shopping for little baby toys and clothes," recalls Kate P., and Connor was impressed with how much the community is willing to donate to help these families. James loved picking out the gifts with his brother Terry, while Mason thought it was a little awkward choosing gifts for little girls, and Xavier found it fun deciding what to put in the gift bags.  Kate H. loved the idea that the families would have a better Christmas because of the Little Store.  Advisors Stacey and Abby, along with Youth Coordinator, Lesa, all agreed that the youth's participation in this event was appreciated by the families, but especially by the Little Store coordinators who could not run the program without the dedication of their volunteers.

Bykota youth wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Thank you from YRU2

Thank You  

Dear First Unitarian Congregation and Friends,

On behalf of the YRU2 Youth Group, I want to thank you for your continued generosity and support of our fundraising for our upcoming Mission Trip in April, 2015.  On November 23rd, our high school youth, along with the choir, sang a beautiful song called "We are the Earth," written and composed by Jim Scott in recognition of global climate changes that cause natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. During the 50/50 collection that day, the youth were generously given approximately $1000.00, with $550.00 coming from one private donation! 
Throughout the months of November and December, the youth sold hand-made jewelry made by women in Uganda who earn a portion of the proceeds to support their families. The youth sold over $1700 in jewelry, earning them a percentage of those proceeds which exceeded $700, including private donations.

All of this was made possible by your support of our youth! We currently have more than 14 youth and adults traveling to New York in April, 2015 to help with the Hurricane Sandy relief project, which is a program supported by the UUCSJ and led by Rev. Susan Karlson. Your financial support will help us reach our goal of spending four days in New York helping rebuild and restore homes and neighborhoods affected by the devastating hurricane in 2012.

It is with appreciation and love that we thank you!

On behalf of YRU2 Youth Group,
Lesa McWalters
Youth Ministries Coordinator