In 2015, Wayne County HABITAT for Humanity, VIP (Victims intervention Program) and RISE (Rape Intervention Services and Education) of Sullivan County each received a check for $1300 from the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.The donations were funded by proceeds from the annual Bud Rue Walk for Social Justice organized by the Fellowship. In this 2014 photo, Pat Sanders, president of the Fellowship is shown presenting checks to recipient organizations. Pictured (left to right): Mary Murray and Connie Petraitis of Wayne County HABITAT, Pat Sanders, President of the Unitarian Fellowship, Anne Solenski and Peggy Richardson of Sullivan County HABITAT, and Michele Minor Wolf of VIP.
For the past 22 years on the third Sunday in October, walkers from the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship have hosted a Walk for Social Justice. Named after Bud Rue, a founding member of the UDUUF who suffered as asthma attack and died on the first walk, the annual events has raised nearly $66,000 over the years.
Working to build just and sustainable communities is part of the faith in action of the Unitarian Universalist denomination and is an explicit mission and goal of the UDUUF.
The recipients of this year's 2016 walk on October 16th include:
VICTIMS INTERVENTION PROGRAM (VIP)
Provides emergency services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other serious crimes including family members of homicide victims, victims of DUI crashes, victims of robbery and victims of physical assault. VIP also runs a program for victims of trafficking. Operates in Wayne County.
RAPE INTERVENTION SERVICE & EDUCATION (RISE)
Offers assistance to victims of sexual assault, including listening (hotline), counseling and facilitating medical and legal services. Operates in Sullivan County, NY.
WAYNE COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Builds homes with low-income families. Offers no interest and no profit mortgage to homeowners. Families put in “sweat equity” and help with construction, fund-raising and other organizational tasks.
The Bud Rue Walk will begin at 12 noon after a service at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, October 16th. Debbie O'Malley of Sullivan County RISE will be the speaker at this service. After the Walk, there will be a potluck lunch for all. The Walk is 5 miles around the scenic Beach Lake area with a pickup car provided for those who do not wish to walk the entire distance. All are invited and contributions are welcomed from all. Contributions can be sent to the UDUUF at PO Box 164, Beach Lake, PA 18405 - please mark "Bud Rue Walk" in the notation line.