August 9, 2021


Bridgehampton, NY, August 9, 2021…..This is a question that many of us find ourselves asking again and again.  The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork (UUCSF) has taken this precious time to try to assist our East End non-profit institutions by awarding High Impact Community Outreach (HICO) grants for the second year.  A 2020 grantee, Kate Fullam, Executive Director of the East End Food Institute shared,   “East End Food Institute partnered with the Padoquohan Medicine Lodge in 2020-21 to create a program that assisted 25 families who were in need of a dignified way to access healthy food. Using the HICO grant, we purchased and processed high quality local produce so that the families could access the bounty of local farms without leaving the Shinnecock Reservation. The HICO grant helped us establish a stronger relationship with our partners at Padoquohan Medicine Lodge, and we distributed more than 1,200 lbs of frozen produce over the course of 10 weeks during the winter of 2020-21.”

HICO’s second cycle continues to welcome the high quality of the grant applicants as well as the dedication and creativity of the individual projects. “We are very pleased to announce the names of the 5 institutions that will be this year’s grant awardees,” said Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson, UUCSF Minister, “They are: Centro Corazon de Maria, Hampton Community Outreach, Maureen’s Haven, Southampton African American Museum and The Retreat.”   The projects vary from supporting challenges including mental health, COVID vaccinations, parenting and education. The total amount of the awarded grants was $31,000. 

The East End community can continue to support the HICO program by donating directly Also, a full description of our HICO program and each of the funded projects can be found at our website

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March 29,2021


We have entered the second year of the pandemic and the needs in our East End community are just as large as they were a year ago.  The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork’s (UUCSF) High Impact Community Outreach (HICO) program is bringing some financial assistance to a select group of institutions from one of the five Townships: East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, Riverhead and Southold plus the Shinnecock Nation. The UUCSF will consider applications from East End nonprofit groups, grassroots organizations and national organizations with East End offices.  Applications will be evaluated by the Proposal Assessment Committee (PAC) who have been appointed by the UUCSF Board.  “Our focus is shifting in our second year,” stated David Holstein, PAC member, “From the immediate dislocations generated by COVID to the populations and needs that have been underserved, excluded and require support.” This year grants will be awarded to organizations seeking project support that target one of the following at risk populations: Children and families, Single Mothers and People of Color. Project needs should cover one of the following areas: Early Childhood Education; Healing of the Earth; Cultural Education Through Sharing & Exploration and Healthcare Equity.  The deadline for application submission is May 28th.

The HICO program was made possible by the generous bequest of UUCSF member Paul Berman.  To apply for a HICO grant please visit  Any questions can be directed to the PAC at     

October 15, 2020



Bridgehampton, NY, October 15, 2020…Back in January the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork (UUCSF) started down a new path in search of partnerships with LI East End nonprofits. The goal was to assist in funding community outreach projects with the Congregations bequest received from departed member Paul Berman.  After reviewing the many highly qualified grant proposals, seven grant recipients have been selected.

“The UUCSF is proud and elated to announce our very first High Impact Community Outreach (HICO) grant recipients for 2020,” stated Michael F. Daly, Board President. “The seven beneficiaries are: Butterfly Effect Project, East End Birth Network, East End Food Institute, East Hampton Meals on Wheels, OLA of Eastern LI, Padoquohan Medicine Lodge and Shinnecock Indian Nation.”  The multi-dimensional East End community- based projects span from providing Senior Citizens of the Shinnecock Indian Nation with laptops and connection to the internet, to the Butterfly Effect Project’s intergenerational gardening initiative and the East End Birth Network mobile Parent & Baby Pantry. Sara Topping, Executive Director of the East End Birth Network, highlights the need for a mobile Pantry, “The issues we are trying to address with our mobile Parent & Baby Pantry are layered and intersectional,” she continues, ” The U.S. has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the developed world; Black and Indigenous woman are dying at a rate 3 to 4 times higher than White women and here in Southampton, Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor we have some of the highest infant mortality rates in the state of New York.”

The range of projects that will be funded are expansive and will greatly impact the residents of the East End. “We look forward to partnering with each of these dedicated institutions to provide the community with the much needed services that are outlined in each of their projects,” concluded Mr. Daly, “We welcome the opportunity to continue our partnerships next year with other East End nonprofits.” To read a fuller description of each of the grant awarded organizations detailed projects visit:


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