A fun and enriching way to support UUFM is to contribute your time as a volunteer. That could be a specific position or a contribution of your skills, talents, and passions.
Here are the roles that we need to fill each Sunday to make our services happen. If you haven’t done one of these jobs, don’t worry – someone with experience will lend you a hand.
- Service Leader – Lead the service from the supplied weekly script and facilitate talk back.
- Chalice Lighter and Community Meditation Leader – Light our service chalice and lead the meditation using the service script.
- Story for All Ages Reader – Share your favorite book appropriate for any age.
- Greeter – Welcome members and visitors on Sundays. Arrive by 10 am.
- Monitor – Act as the emergency contact during Sunday service
- Choir – Lend your voice to the music during our service (weekly). Occasional after-service practices.
- Set-up/Tear down – Arrive by 9:40 am to set up for Sunday service. Lead tear down after service (about 15 minutes.) Usually a one-month commitment.
Serving on a Committee
This is an easy way to get more deeply involved in the activities of UUFM. No experience is necessary, passion is required. These volunteer opportunities are a yearly commitment with monthly activity. The time commitment for committee work varies from one to eight hours a month depending on how much time you want to contribute. Committee work can be spread across the members of the committee: many hands make light work!
- Communications – Provide the Fellowship’s activities with various activities including maintaining the website, keeping bulletin boards up to date, designing flyers or printed materials, communicating to the press, etc.
Commitment: 1–4 hours a month.
- Hospitality – help coordinate UUFM’s community activities like our yearly retreat or holiday party or spring picnic. Seasonal time commitment. If we decide to bring back refreshments on Sundays then the time commitment will increase to a weekly hour or so.
Commitment: 1–2 hours a month.
- Membership/Outreach – An important position for the Fellowship. This committee welcomes visitors and new members as well as keeps track of current members, everything from updating addresses to sending a birthday or get-well card.
Commitment: 2–6 hours a month.
- Religious Education – This is an opportunity to serve the Fellowship’s spiritual needs with educational resources. This committee coordinates educational activities from pre-K to post-retirement. The committee is currently inactive and it needs some new blood! No education or theological experience is needed, but passion is required.
Commitment: 1–4 hours a month.
- Social Justice – This is the public face of UUFM and coordinates our involvement with other organizations and in a variety of community activities like BoroPride, Earth Day, or Juneteenth. This committee is less active than it could be.
Commitment: 1–6 hours a month.
- Worship – This committee plans our Sunday service including coordinating speakers and selecting readings and music.
Commitment: 1–3 hours a month.
Complete the Volunteer Form to get started. You can select different volunteer opportunities and describe the skills and talents you might like to contribute.
As a member, you have the opportunity to lead the congregation and help steward its direction on behalf of the members. Serving on a board is an excellent way to develop leadership skills. The senior positions require some time in the congregation to get to know it better, but others just need monthly effort. There are monthly board meetings and 1–4 hours of time outside of board meetings.
- President – Manages the board and committees, organizes meetings, and is the main point of contact for UUFM to the UUA and the public.
- President-elect – This post is essentially the President-in-training. They assist the president with their duties. A three-year commitment as President-elect, President, and Past-president.
- Secretary – Keeps minutes of all meetings and manages the communications for the congregation, both inward-facing and outward-facing. Attention to detail and writing experience is a plus but not required.
- Treasurer – Manages UUFM’s finances with the assistance of an outside bookkeeper. Makes monthly financial reports to the Board. Collects proceeds from the basket at the end of service and manages pledges and donations. Writes checks and interfaces with our board. This is a two-year commitment. Financial or previous experience is a plus but not required
- At-Large Board Member – A member who serves on the board to be a kind of “voice of the congregation.”
- Past-President – As it sounds, this is the most recent president after serving their term.
For more information about leadership roles and participating on UUFM committees contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the following congregations for inspiration: