The Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick is donating $2,111 each to four area charities.

Each year, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick holds several fundraising events to meet the needs of the church’s annual budget. At the end of each fiscal year, the extra money raised is given to charity. This fiscal year, $8,444 was raised though the church’s “Concerts for a Cause” series, the Holiday Fair, and the UUCB Auction.

Recipients of the $2,111 gifts are:

• Oasis Free Clinics, which offers free medical and dental services to 18-64 year-olds in the Midcoast area who have no health insurance and cannot afford to pay for care.

• Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, which provides affordable legal services and collaborates with service providers, policy makers, and the public concerning legal issues unique to immigrants, to ensure immigrants can effectively navigate our legal system. ILAP helps immigrants gain or improve their legal status, unite their families, improve their educational and employment opportunities, and contribute fully to their new communities in Maine.

• Four Directions, whose mission is to improve the social and economic conditions of the four Native American tribes in Maine — the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot — by providing financial education and home loans, small business loans, and Community Development loans.

• Mid Coast Hospital’s Addiction Resource Center, which offers a full range of professional and confidential treatment services to persons with alcohol, drug, or mental health problems. They also provide support to those affected by someone else’s alcohol or drug use.

These four organizations were selected from the list of “Charities with Soul” which are voted on by the congregation of the Brunswick UU Church at the beginning of each fiscal year. The charities’ individual websites outline how anyone can help with these worthy causes. In addition to monetary donations, you will find many volunteer opportunities on their websites.

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