Mission: To provide support that affirms personal dignity, welcomes newcomers to our community, and encourages all students’ educational success.

Hawthorne Helps is a partnership between Rochester Public Schools’ Hawthorne Education Center and First Unitarian Universalist Church, with support from local faith, service, and business groups.

Hawthorne Education Center provides classes for 500 learners, ages 17 and older, 85% live at or below the poverty level and many are immigrants. All are struggling to make a better life. Programs include English as a Second Language, literacy, GED high school diploma, college level prep, job training, and citizenship.

Services: UU volunteers staff a free store, offering items that cannot be purchased with SNAP. Students may shop for three items twice monthly.

First UU Hawthorne Helps Store Dates:
January 7
January 21
February 22
February 25
March 10
March 24
April 14
April 28
May 5
May 19

Ways you can help:

  • Volunteer to staff or shop for the store
  • Donate items to HH’s blue barrel
  • Share plants, herbs, and in-season produce
  • Invite Hawthorne Helps speakers to your service or business group
  • Volunteer to sort, tally, and pack Blue Barrel items on Sunday
  • Contribute to September’s Shared Plate, an annual UU fundraiser

Items Needed:

  • Check the eNews or Blue Barrel in the Commons for a current list
  • Gift cards (Aldi’s, Menards, Walgreens)

Questions? More Information? To Volunteer?
Contact: Sandy MacLaughlin: sandy.j.mac@hotmail.com;  507-282-8496; 715-580-0692