Mission in Motion: “Sophia’s Story – a Purrr-fect Solution”

Grow in Wonder, Connect in Love,​ ​​Engage in Service, Inspire Generosity

This mission of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula is manifested in many ways! We celebrate these positive experiences and thank those of you who are willing to share your story!
"Sophia's Story - a Purrr-fect Solution"
By Joanne Dingus


Your socks can help shelter cats!

Sophia Wasilausky is fourteen years old, in the Girl Scouts and attends programs at the Universalist Unitarian Fellowship of the Peninsula. She comes to Sunday school classes, sings in the choir and has helped as a lay leader during services.

This year, Sophia created a service project that gave our members a chance to get involved. The project is part of the Silver Award program through the Girls Scouts. This program requires scouts to do 50 hours or more of service for their community. Sophia decided to connect with the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter to focus her efforts on helping cats. Her goal is to make 500 cat toys out of used socks.

"I love animals and I wanted to help cats because I have two of my own. I wanted to do a project where I made something. I liked the idea of using old socks that would just get thrown away if they weren’t donated to the animal shelter.

So far I have made over 300 socks! My goal is 500 or more if I have the supplies. I have also visited the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter to deliver the toys and learn more about their cat programs.

I am making a difference because Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is a government owned shelter so they don’t get a lot of funds. They depend a lot on donations from the public. Also, the toys make the cats really happy and excited! A happier cat is more likely to get adopted because they aren’t depressed and shy when people come to look for a pet to adopt. It’s a small way to help but it feels good to be making a difference.”

The mission of UUFP is "Grow in Wonder, Connect in Love, Engage in Service and Inspire Generosity."

​Creating this project has helped Sophia grow as a young leader. She had to figure out how to promote her project and keep herself motivated. She has made more than 300 toys already. She has been able to connect in love with our faith community by sharing her enthusiasm for animal welfare. She is engaging in service by finding a cause that speaks to her and is putting months of effort into it. She has inspired generosity by giving others the opportunity to donate socks, stuffing and catnip.

Sophia Wasilausky is an everyday UU, connecting to our principles by taking action to care for others!

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