By Leslie Schmidt
In support of our commitment to the current movements for Black lives, in December 2018, the Board approved creating a Black Students And Family Fund (BSAFF – pronounced “Be Safe”).

BSAFF is being created to support and lift up Black youth and families in western Washington. The intention is to assist with a variety of needs – from essentials of food and shelter to support for future dreams including college and career development. Contributions will fund programs and services with the goal of providing a safe environment for students to explore and express their identity as they navigate the racial constructs of their world.

We are initiating the fund with a monthly special social justice offertory collection on January 20, 2019.  We then plan to conduct annual special offertory collections every September. Contributions can also be made other times during the year.  Please make checks out to WUUC and write “BSAFF” in the notes.

*Financial contributions as well as contributions of volunteer time, transportation or material items are always welcome  Material items typically needed include laptop computers, iPads, snacks/drinks, and meals. Contact Leslie Schmidt ( or WUUC ( if you would like to donate volunteer time or services, material items or if you have any questions. The WUUC mailing address is P.O. Box 111; Woodinville, WA 98072.

Thank you for your generosity and support.


Services and support include the following:

Social Services: 

Housing and Meal Security, Counseling and Health Care, Transportation and Household Expenses, Access to Internet Services.

Student Services:

Mentoring, Leadership Programs and Cultural Experiences. Materials, Workshops, Field Trips, Guest Speakers and Events.

Educational Services:

Technology Devices, Tech Support and Computer Classes. Financial Education, Tuition, Tutoring, and School Supplies supporting youth from Kindergarten through College.

Parent Education and Support with Individualized Education Programs (IEP) for students with special needs. Music, Art and Dance Classes.  Assisting students with applications for Scholarships, College Applications, Financial Aid, and College Test Preparation (SAT and others).

Self-Care & Services:

Access to Physical Exercise and Expression, Learning Self-Care and Nurturing Skills. Life Skills and Nutritional Education, CPR/First Aid Certification, Swimming Lessons.  Job Training, Resume Writing, Completing Job Applications and Interviewing Skills. Ensuring access to professional clothing for interviews and jobs.

Consider your contribution more than just a donation. You are investing in OUR Community and helping to make our community a better place to live.

“If I cannot air this pain and alter it, I will surely die of it. That’s the beginning of Social Justice.” Audrey Lorde

Leslie Schmidt is chair of the WUUC Advocates for Social Justice Committee.