If your congregation values social action and poverty alleviation, consider
supporting a Unitarian Universalist community development program.
UUPCC has an established program that helps
communities help themselves through planning and
action. Easy to use tools and local facilitators help
communities identify strengths, design action plans
and locate resources to solve basic needs, alleviate
poverty and strengthen community development.
Individuals, groups and congregations can provide the
partnership to help identify resources and support
the planning and project phases.
You can read actual case studies on our website and
facilitators have helped communities in India, the Philippines and Romania
use this process to identify and tackle community needs such as access to
health care and schools, clean water systems, roads and infrastructure,
agricultural programs, and economic enhancement.
Your group or church can be the catalyst that helps a community address
their basic living needs, meet social needs and build a local economy. You
will be connected with a community from the beginning of the process and
stay with them through the action phase (about five years.) Your group/
congregation will provide the funding to support the facilitation team
through the initial community workshop. You can send representatives to
observe and support this exciting part of the process. You would then
provide encouragement, follow-up and potentially some financial support for
their action plans. You will help identify other resources in their country with
help from UUPCC developed resource guides.
New Community Capacity Building Handbook: Participatory Planning and Action: Eight Steps for Facilitators by Eileen Higgins and Dr. Anna Toness
This is the handbook for the Community Capacity Building process that has been so successful in helping communities organize. This new handbook, beautifully written, provides clear step-by-step descriptions and how-to of the process used to bring communities to consensus and action planning. It documents numerous “in-the-field” experiences and the many illustrations bring the process to life.
This process has been used with communities and organizations around the world with proved success. Since introducing this to partners in 2006, creative UUs have also used it with their churches, community groups such as condo associations and even town government committees! Learn how to use these useful tools such as Pairwise Ranking to bring consensus to your issues!
Pricing and Ordering: $15 Quantity discounts available: call UUPCC 781-275-1710.
Order with credit card online from the UUPCC Store at http://www.uupcc.org/store.html or send a check for $15 to UUPCC, PO Box 88, Bedford MA 01730
or download a pdf of the booklet by clicking here.
Romainia Resource & Grant Guide for Partnered Churches
To assist you in identifying potential sources of financial support for Transylvanian village/town projects,
UUPCC has developed a ROMANIA RESOURCE & GRANT GUIDE FOR PARTNERED CHURCHES.
The descriptions of potential grant opportunities are provided in Hungarian and Romanian with a summary statement in English.
The sample grant applications are in Romanian because government grant applications are required to be written in Romanian.
If you are an American partner, these ENGLISH summaries will give you a good sense of the kinds of projects that have received funding in the past.
The Resource Guide is available as a PDF File (1.2 MB)
and as a Microsoft Word File (1.6 MB).
Resource Guide to India Government Programs to Enhance Community Infrastructure and Amenities
This resource guide includes six items of high importance. We hope to be able to expand it in subsequent months. It describes assistance available from national and state governments in India for water development, health, education, nutrition, roads, and related infrastructure. It also offers employment programs to pay community residents for work improving village infrastructure. These state and national government programs have direct relevance to the work our partner churches are doing in India and provide a means to move the partnerships beyond charity to significant and meaningful relationships to make a huge difference in the well-being of health, nutrition, livelihoods, and infrastructure in our partner communities.
The resource guide includes the following files:
To read more on the specific projects please click on the links below.
Download our 12 page full color brochure on Community Capacity Building
Trip Report: Visit to Transylvania
24 Feb – 8 March 2011 by Richard Ford (English)
Nongtalang Assessment Report (English)
Fiatfalva Assessment Report (English)
Fiatfalva Assessment Report (Hungarian)
Trip Report: Visit to Meghalaya, India, Richard Ford, September 2009
Mato Bato: Solving a Water Problem On Negros Island Through Community Action
Nyiko Valley Assessment Report (English)
Nyiko Valley Assessment Report (Hungarian)
Felsorakos Community Capacity Building Assessment (English)
Felsorakos Community Capacity Building Assessment (Hungarian)
Planting Seeds: Community Capacity Building in Arkos
Khasi Hills Puriang Report
Abasfalva Community Planning Workshop (Hungarian)
Abasfalva Community Planning Workshop (English)
CCB Workshops, UU Church of the Philippines: Faith in Action Department, Doldol community and Malingin community Nov. 2008