social action

We are engaged in our community: offering two community gardens; providing scholarships to outstanding Austin-area high school graduates; and working with community partners, including: the UU Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI), Central Austin Neighborhood Association (CANA), Community Renewal Society, and the Community of Congregations.  For all the latest updates see our TUC Facebook page.

mayfield community gardens

Our two community gardens are for members of our neighborhood, as well as growing food for the food pantry at Fraternité de Notre Dame in the Austin community.

Austin scholarship program

Since 1974, our Austin Scholarship Program has  awarded more than 500 college scholarships to outstanding high school seniors in the Austin community.

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October 2018 - Third Unitarian receives Community Renewal Society’s City on the Hill award for “outstanding leadership and dedicated turnout, presence and participation in every area of CRS work for justice.”

Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI)

We are an active congregation in UUANI - building community for justice!  UUANI was founded in 2013 to build power among UU congregations in Illinois - putting our deepest values into effective action. UUANI works collectively with partner organizations to advocate for justice, beloved community, and a healthy planet. 

Sign-up for Actions of the Week from UUANI HERE.


central austin neighborhood association (cana)

CANA seeks to bring together all members of the neighborhood to advocate for improvement – to pool our time, expertise and resources to accomplish common objectives, such as: •  Hold  annual events to build community •  Attract more businesses and employers  •  Create a more beautiful landscape, e.g., corner plantings •  Identify alternative strategies for neighborhood safety.

COMMUNITY partners