Volunteers are the lifeblood of our UUSM community. We recognize outstanding volunteers with three awards: the Sofia Lyon Fahs Award, the Ann Benner Award, and the Kay McCann Award. All awards are presented at Congregational Meetings.

Ann Benner Award

The Ann Benner Award is an annual award honoring one or more members who who best exemplify the spirit and dedication to our community of the late Ann Benner. It is awarded for significant and sustained volunteer work within both the congregation and the community. Even in a congregation filled with dedicated and talented people, there are those whose efforts are truly exemplary – even inspirational – but who often labor year-in and year-out without fanfare because that, after all, is the nature of volunteerism: putting others before self. This is our opportunity to recognize these exceptional people. Recipients must be members of the congregation and not currently paid staff. This award was established by the UUSM Board of Trustees in 1976 and is given to one or more deserving members each year.

Sofia Lyon Fahs Award

The Sofia Lyon Fahs Award is an annual award honoring outstanding service in religious education/exploration to children and youth at UUSM. Sophia Lyon Fahs was a Unitarian theologian who dedicated her life to the religious education of children. At UUSM there are many dedicated, talented, and innovative teachers who deserve special recognition for their efforts. Recipients must be actively involved in the RE programs for children and youth and not currently paid for their contributions. 

Kay McCann Award

The Kay McCann Award is an award to honor those who have shown outstanding leadership in social justice for UUSM and our larger community, working for peace, justice, and equality for all peoples. Catherine Minor McCann was a UUSM member and Peace Activist who was truly devoted to justice, equality, and a sustainable earth. She marched, she petitioned, she wrote letters to the editor, she called her elected representatives, and she went to Washington D.C. in support of many causes. The award may be presented to a UUSM member or a member of the community-at-large.