2021 Season of Giving Donation Drives

We’re entering the season of giving, and in true UUCB fashion, we have multiple causes and organizations that you can contribute to starting November 21 until December 30! You can drop off your donations at the atrium on weekdays from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. There will be boxes, bins, and tables labeled with each charity/organization’s name so you know where to deposit your donation. Click on each drive for more information.

Thanksgiving for the Unhoused in Richmond (Nov. 22)

Contra Costa Family Justice Center (Dec. 22)

Free Friday (Nov. 26)

Clothing Drive for GRIP (Dec. 30)

Food Drive (Dec. 11)


Thanksgiving for the Unhoused in Richmond

Deadline: November 22

Contact: Linda Laskowski


Items needed:
  • Personal Hygiene Bags: zip lock bags, deodorant, toothpaste, vaseline or chap stick, gloves, bar of soap, hand sanitizer, baby wipes, tampons for women
  • Towels: we will be offering showers and could use towels (nothing new or fancy) face clothes and large bath towels – bar soap and shampoo (for onsite showers)
  • Gently Used Clothing: All genders, adult and children. What isn’t used will be donated to Glo’s Independent Living and the Bay Area Rescue Mission
  • Large Trash Bags: 10 boxes for trash, disposal of dirty or soiled clothing
  • PPE: mask and hand sanitizer
  • Contact Linda Laskowski (email above) directly for information on how to donate financially or to volunteer

Free Friday (the opposite of Black Friday)

Date: November 26, 10 am – 2 pm (1 pm last call for Fix It station)

Contact: Rev. Michelle Collins and Executive Director Tess Snook O’Riva

minister@uucb.org and ed@uucb.org

What it is:

Free Friday is UUCB’s first annual day of opting out of rampant consumerism. Instead of participating in the chaos that is Black Friday, come to UUCB for a day of swapping, donating, or fixing the stuff you already have! Is there something you want to get rid of? Swap it or donate it! Something broken but still has tons of use left? Come to our fix it station! We will have a table to make small repairs to clothing and small items. Please don’t bring furniture or big appliances.

Clothing swap, book and game exchange, fix it station, donation station, free gift ideas, gift/service promise table.

Food Drive

Date: December 11, 10 am – 2 pm

Contact: Gerry Keenan


The Richmond Emergency Food Pantry serves adults and children who are food insecure in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties who don’t know where there next meal is coming from. See below the items needed. Or contact Gerry for information on how to volunteer.

Items needed:
  • fruit juice
  • canned fruit
  • tomato sauce
  • spaghetti sauce
  • pasta
  • powdered milk
  • canned soups
  • canned meats/fish
  • canned beef stew
  • dry and canned beans
  • peanut butter
  • cereal
  • oatmeal
  • rice
  • cooking oil
  • sugar
  • salt/pepper
  • other spices
  • coffee
  • hot chocolate mix
  • baby food
  • baby diapers and wipes
  • women’s feminine products
  • toilet paper


  • drop a check off during food drive on Dec. 11, or
  • if you have a bag of food gifts and don’t drive email Gerrykeenan01@gmail.com and someone will pick up your food gifts, or
  • send a check with ‘2021 Food Drive’ written on memo line no later than December 11, 2021

Contra Costa Family Justice Center

Deadline: December 22

Contact: Executive Director Tess Snook O’Riva


Items needed:
  • Nonperishable dinner items
  • Clothing, socks and underwear packs for all ages
  • Grocery gift cards

Clothing Drive for GRIP

Deadline: December 30

Contact: Ray Westergard


As in the past, UUCB is having our annual Winter Warmth for GRIP clothing drive in December. Please go through your closets, or buy new items, to help clothe the GRIP (Greater Richmond Interfaith Program) residents for the cold and wet winter months, and bring your items to church.

  • All sorts of clothing, including new packaged underwear
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Towels