On June 3, 2022, the Memorial Endowment Trust announced that they awarded a grant to the Children and Youth Religious Education program for life-saving devices including Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and LifeVacs.

According to the Red Cross, Automated External Defibrillator is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It’s a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. For more information about AEDs, click here.

The staff recently took part in a training course on how to use these devices. This hands-on training, led by health professional and UUCC member Rita Heath Singer, offered the opportunity for staff members to learn what to do in the case of a health emergency and how to use the device. The staff will now take this information to our teams and key building users and make sure they are prepared to use these devices in case of an emergency. If you would like to be a part of a group that participates in training, please reach out to Alesia Hutto. She will be gathering names in anticipation of offering another training opportunity this summer.

We currently have two AED machines. One will be housed on the first floor of the vestibule next to the doors of the office suite; the second will be located on the second floor of the vestibule next to the doors entering Freeman Hall.

LifeVac is a non-powered, non-invasive, single-use-only airway clearance device developed for resuscitating a victim with an airway obstruction when current choking protocols have been followed without success. LifeVac provides suction to dislodge objects obstructing a person’s breathing without pushing the item further into the airway. Each LifeVac comes equipped with an adult mask, a pediatric mask, and a practice mask. The duration of the suction is minimal which makes LifeVac safe and effective. LifeVac is easy to use in an obstructed airway emergency. LifeVacs will be located in the kitchen and the offices in the educational wing of the building.

The Memorial Endowment Trust (MET) of the UUCC provides an opportunity for members to contribute financially to the life and well-being of the congregation through legacy gifts, memorial contributions, and other means of celebrating or honoring lives within our community. Members are invited in regular appeals to consider including the MET in their legacy giving. Years of careful cultivation and management by MET trustees have resulted in a balance sufficient to generate significant income. Each year the trustees determine the portion of that income available to support and enhance the work of the congregation through grant funding.

The generous contributions of our members to the Memorial Endowment Trust of the UUCC make their grant program possible. If you would like more information about legacy giving or contributing to the MET contact