At the fall retreat in Bad Homburg, we will once again be collecting the following articles for donation:

Backpacks for schoolchildren in Brussels – The Brussels Fellowship will once again be collecting backpacks and soft cover bags for schoolchildren in need.

Eyeglasses collection for Egypt and Burkina Faso – Eyeglasses, lenses, and cases will once again be collected in Bad Homburg. These will be divided between Paris, which donates them to a clinic in Burkina Faso through Optic2000, and Brussels; Aude van Lidth de Jeude will take them to Egypt for distribution as needed. Even broken glasses can be repaired and reused.

Stamps for Hamburg – Laura from Hamburg, Germany, will again collect used or new postage stamps at the retreat. She passes them on to the German Unitarians and 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.

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 the charity chosen by the retreat committee. If you plan to bring a large amount of books for the exchange, please ask the Social Action Coordinators ( a month before so that we can make arrangements for the books not taken.

Corks – In the past, the EUU collected corks at retreats. This activity became so successful that 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 under “KORKKampagne”, including where you can deposit your used corks.

— In France: Nicolas Wine shops recycle corks and contribute proceeds to environmental projects. An easy gesture and a real bonus for the environment. French bottles of wine and champagne still come with corks. And these corks can be recycled at any Nicolas wine shop in France. 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, Champagne. 500 stores in the world: