Homeless Action Group
The Homeless Action Group works in partnership with Urban Ministries of Durham to provide support for homeless and low-income individuals in Durham, NC.
The ERUUF/Urban Ministries Homeless Action Partnership is one way in which ERUUFians live their faith by serving our low income and homeless neighbors. The work that we do helps change lives through the dedicated service and financial contributions of our members. The programs at Urban Ministries of Durham (UMD) is only possible because of the work of volunteers. UMD relies on over 2000 volunteer hours each month to provide housing, clothing and food. Each year over 200 ERUUF members and friends volunteer at the homeless shelter to support the various programs of UMD.
Sister Communities of San Ramon, Nicaragua (SCSRN)
SCSRN was founded at ERUUF in 1993 and has been active since then at ERUUF and other congregations, schools and communities in NC. SCSRN’s mission is to keep justice and human rights in the third world with particular focus on San Ramon. There is an annual ERUUF and Friends cultural immersion ecotour to San Ramon that has included many ERUUFians.
SCSRN partners with San Ramon, Nicaragua to support education and community development initiatives that build friendship, understanding, environmental preservation and respect for human rights.
Lakewood Elementary Bag Packing Team
ERUUF partners with the Duke University Retirees Outreach Organization (DURO) to provide bags of food each week for 30 qualifying low income families with children at Lakewood Elementary School. DURO manages the organization of the food pantry, the weekly packing list and the procurement of the food, while ERUUF packs the bags each week. ERUUF's cooperative effort in this project came about as a result of a Children in Poverty discussion group at ERUUF in 2014.
El Centro Hispano
ERUUF's partnership with El Centro Hispano builds a shared community of service, love, and spirit. El Centro holds an after school tutoring program, focusing on early literacy skills, on Monday evenings from 4:30-6:00pm. ERUUF volunteers serve as the tutors and build deep, meaningful relationships with latino/hispanic students aged 5 through 8, their families, and the El Centro community. Since our tutors meet with the same student week after week, the relationships and literacy skills grow and mature alongside in unison.