Social Action

There are many ways in which we seek to feed the hungry, help the needy, and serve others.


UCCSV collects food and sanitary items all year to support families in crisis. At Christmas and Thanksgiving, the county provides UCCSV with names of families that need assistance. On both holidays, UCCSV members deliver care baskets overflowing with holiday food, and with grocery gift cards to purchase perishables. At Christmas, additional age- and gender-appropriate clothing and toys are included with the care baskets for children, as well as for adults with disabilities. Filling and delivering these holiday baskets are long standing traditions in UCCSV. 

Montgomery County Women’s Shelter

Every year, UCCSV members prepare, deliver and serve three meals for each of four days, including specific meals (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic meals) to 30-35 homeless women at a local shelter in Rockville, Maryland that provides job training, medical assistance, shelter, and protection to these vulnerable women. UCCSV volunteers cook these meals at home, then deliver, serve, and dine with these women. Last year, other UCCSV volunteers packed up to 35 hearty bag lunches and brought breakfast supplies (e.g. cereals, bread, milk, juices) to the shelter.

Community Assistance Program

is an ongoing ministry sustained entirely by donations from members and friends of the church.  An Emergency Assistance Program giving direct donations to people in need of help began in the early 1990's under the auspices of the late Harriet Hintz, a member of the church. Harriet's initial idea was to collect small change and use it to help local residents with food, utilities and other live sustaining basics. Today, the Communiy Assistance Program offers direct assistance to members and friends of UCCSV in addition to giving grants and in kind donations to various organizations in our community helping those in need. Recipients of this fund have included the Upper Montgomery Assistance Network, Interfaith Works, Western Upper Montgomary County Help, and local elementary schools for funds for children who cannot pay for lunch.

Equal Exchange Fairly Traded Coffee and Chocolate

As part of the UCC coffee project, UCCSV supports this global Fair Trade project to help improve economic conditions of farmers and farming communities. Once a month, Fair Trade coffee and chocolate are sold during coffee hour, after worship service. All the profit earned from this project goes to our Community Assistance Program.


In 1991, the Potomac Association of the UCC helped establish the Shaw Community Ministry to serve residents of the low income/ high unemployment/ high crime Shaw neighborhood of Washington DC. The ministry provides after-school and summer camp programs for children from 5-12 years of age, and other services for young adults and families.


For many years, UCCSV members have helped build houses in West Virginia for 5 days in the summer. Lately, we have partnered with a Rockville Church in raising funds to support this program every year. UCCSV members support the fund raising activities by attending the annual dinner, purchasing Christmas wreaths, and contributing to the annual yard sale. UCCSV usually has 3-5 members participate in building houses in West Virginia. 


UCCSV volunteers adopted a portion of a road in Germantown by picking up trash, recyclables like bottles, cans and aluminum on both sides of the road.  A road signage reads, “adopted by the United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley.”


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