For those new to our church and maybe confused by the use of acronyms, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church (HUUC) has had a relationship with Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) for the past seven years. Inter Parish Ministry is a local service organization that supplies food and clothing to those in need. It offers this service to residents of eastern Hamilton County and all of Clermont County. It is located in the old Masonic Temple on Debolt Street in Newtown and in the past year also has opened a second service site just off Ohio Pike west of Amelia. Recipients of aid may come once every three months and shop for food in a choice food pantry and acquire some clothing.
HUUC assists IPM in three ways.
- First, we take up a collection during Sunday services once a month. This collection money is sent directly to Inter Parish Ministry to assist them in operating their service.
- Secondly, our members also bring food and clothing donations to church to be contributed to IPM. These donations are placed in the grocery cart located in the Great Hall. We especially try to fill that cart on “First Sunday” with items that are of great need to IPM. Those items are listed in an article in the Heirloom every month.
- Finally, some of our church members volunteer at IPM. There are a number of volunteer activities available from assisting shoppers at the choice pantries, helping in the office, working at mobile pantries or assisting with special projects. Help is especially needed during the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season and during the back-to-school period.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Carol Rountree at IPM (513-561-3932).