At EUT 2019 in Berlin we will once again be collecting the following articles for donation:

  • backpacks for children in need
  • eyeglasses for children and adults,
  • used and new stamps for a charity, and
  • books for the book swap.

Please stop by the Social Action table to leave donations at any time during EUT. Denise from Paris has kindly agreed to be in charge of this table.

We will NOT be collecting corks, but scroll down to find out where you can donate corks.

Backpacks for Brussels — The Brussels fellowship collects backpacks so that they can be distributed to children in need.

Glasses for School Children in Egypt This is a collection for impoverished children attending public schools in the city of Kafr Dawar in the Nile Delta near Alexandria, Egypt. Broken glasses are also welcome.

Eyeglasses for a Clinic in Burkina Faso — The Paris Fellowship will once again be collecting eyeglasses, lenses and cases. Even broken glasses can be repaired and reused.

Stamps for Hamburg —  We will again collect used or new postage stamps at EUT. They will be passed on to the German Unitarians in Hamburg and to a group that does projects for the physically challenged. They both sort the stamps and sell them to stamp collectors in order to finance small social projects. Bring your stamps to the Social Action table.

Book Exchange — For our traditional book exchange, bring books you would like to exchange and then take some you would like to read. We ask you make a small donation (1 or 2 euros) for the ones you take, as this money is given to a charity.

NOTE: We cannot dispose of books when EUT is over, so be prepared to take your own books back if they are still left on the table when you go home.

Corks – Don’t bring them to EUT, but you can recycle them

In the past, the EUU collected corks at retreats. This activity became so successful, the volumes made it impossible to handle the collection! If you would still like to donate (non-plastic) corks directly, please send them to:

  • In Germany: The Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) in Hamburg
    The KORKampagne of the NABU Hamburg has set out to collect and recycle as many of the 1.2 billion bottle corks that are generated annually in Germany. This could be 32,000 cubic meters of environmentally valuable insulating granules for home construction. So far, only one-tenth of the bottle cork is re-entered to the materials cycle. From the proceeds of insulating granulate sales, NABU supports crane protection projects in Spain — the home of cork oaks — and Germany. The aim of conservation work in Spain is to preserve the traditional cork industry and thus the unique landscape of the Dehesas. You can find more information (in German) at https://www.nabu.de under “KORKKampagne”, including where you can deposit your used corks.
  • In France:  French bottles of wine and champagne still come with corks. And these corks can be recycled at any Nicolas wine shop in France. Nicolas Wine shops recycle corks and contribute proceeds to environmental projects, an easy gesture and a real bonus for the environment. They are sold to manufacturers to be reused (in décor, insulation and other building materials), with the proceeds being used to being used to plant new cork oak trees in France (8000 corks = 1 tree). Recycle Your Wine Corks at Nicolas Wine.

If you have any questions, please contact us at SocialAction@europeanuu.org. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Diana Smith
Acting Social Coordinator until end of term then willing to help with transition to new Social Action coordinators