Thanks Unity Church!

We were happy to receive the following email over the weekend:

“As a member of Unity Church-Unitarian’s Generosity Team, I am delighted to inform you that 70% of the congregational collection during our Easter church service on Sunday, April 12, 2020 will be donated to Mano a Mano.

Despite the closure of the Unity Church building due to Covid-19 precautions, our services are continuing on-line, and we have the capacity to collect donations from our members. Especially during these challenging times, it is important for us to maintain our church community’s traditions of generosity and sharing.

As you know, our church’s offering recipients meet the following criteria: their mission and values reflect the core values of Unity Church-Unitarian; they connect to Unity Church through shared work and affinity; and they receive one or more Unity Church members’ endorsement.

Our online service will include a brief description by the ministers of Mano a Mano’s mission and activities. As always, we sincerely hope that our donation will help further this critical work.

Best wishes on behalf of the Unity Church Unitarian Generosity Team, and the entire church community.


Generosity Team member

Values Based Volunteering

Many of Mano a Mano’s most committed volunteers are Unity Church members (including our Co-Founders Joan and Segundo Velasquez). Unity volunteers were featured as part of Mano a Mano’s video project with TPT last year highlighting our work in the Twin Cities:

Thank You!

We are grateful for the many wonderful connections we have with Unity Church. Thank you for your continued support! Below are just a few photos showing Unity’s involvement:

One of the thousands of photos taken by Paul Rogne during his 2 trips to Bolivia with Mano a Mano in 2019. Paul displayed some of his work at Unity Church throughout the month of December 2019, and many of those photos are now on permanent display at Mano a Mano.

Travelers – including quite a few Unity Church members – visiting a Mano a Mano clinic in Omereque during our March 2017 trip.

Loading containers at Mano a Mano with our Volunteer Warehouse Manager (and Unity member) Ray.

In June 2019, Mano a Mano hosted our 7th (and final!) year of teacher workshops. These trips were an opportunity for teachers from Minnesota and teachers from Bolivia to meet together and discuss teaching methods, develop curriculum, learn how they keep parents involved, and have an opportunity to interact in informal as well as classroom settings. Jackie Davis Smith (left) was involved throughout the entire process, which led to the development of a teacher training manual to serve as a reference guide for Bolivian teachers to be able to teach more of their fellow Bolivian teachers simple methods to potentially improve math and language teaching.