10-4 at Tracy Hall in Norwich, VT
Twenty-three years ago, the UUCUV’s Social Responsibility Committee wanted to raise funds for charitable giving. We came up with the idea of making star shaped ornaments from milkweed pods to sell. Although we no longer make the ornaments, we have kept the name, Pods for the Pulpit, because it has become so well known. Money raised at the Fair (it’s been around $10,000 in recent years) goes to Ways and Means with half dedicated to charitable giving and half benefiting the UUCUV.
According to chairwoman Sally Page’s calculation, over the past 23 years we have given away over $150,000 to various local non-profits (which are selected each year by the congregation at our annual meeting). This year the two that will benefit are The Haven (which we all know about) and UV Strong, which helps people in Vermont and New Hampshire affected by natural disasters, especially floods.