The fabric of our community is woven from the energies and efforts of those who are a part of it. Each of us brings our unique gifts to this congregation and its ministries. We believe that many hands make light work, and that we are enlivened and enriched when we gather together to make things happen!

There are many ways to get involved at First Unitarian. Some opportunities are listed below.

Area Congregations Together (ACT): On the first Tuesday morning of each month, FUSIT provides volunteers to make and deliver 60 lunches (15 per volunteer) to the Ithaca Homeless Shelter.  To learn more, email

Area Congregations Together (ACT): On the first Tuesday morning of each month, FUSIT provides volunteers to bag groceries at Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard, inside the Salvation Army on N. Albany St. Email Wendy Wolfe at

Anti-Racism Ministry team offers educational and activist opportunities. Contact Beth Howard at,

Babies First Babies First provides tangible help to babies, young children, and their families in need from all parts of Tompkins County by offering free baby equipment. To get involved, contact Walt Peck or Sue Rakow at

Care Team – The Care Team acts on behalf of the congregation to provide pastoral care and support for members and friends of the congregation who are going through challenging times. Learn more about the Care Team here.

Buildings and Grounds. Have an urge to plant a perennial, spring-clean, fix a loose hinge or wield a paintbrush in good company? Ideas and initiative are welcome! Contact Sara Catterall for more information.

Engagement and Outreach – The Engagement and Outreach team helps to welcome new attendees to FUSIT and is looking for Writers, interviewers and reporters to prepare “news stories” regarding our members’ activities within FUSIT and the larger Ithaca community and volunteers to staff the welcoming table before Sunday service and during social hour.  Email joAnn kowalski if you would like to help this team.

Hospitality Team – Four Hospitality Teams rotate responsibility for all aspects of greeting, ushering and registration each Sunday. For more information or to join a team, contact Fred Balfour at

Religious Exploration (RE) – The RE Team has responsibility for formulating the policies of the church’s educational programs and related activities, and to oversee and evaluate the religious-exploration program in accordance with the nature and philosophy of the church. To volunteer with the RE Team, please contact Emily Richards at Learn more about our Religious Education Program here.

Social Justice Team – The Social Justice Team exists to inform the congregation about the important social and humanitarian needs and issues and to provide avenues for constructive service and action. Learn more about our work here.