Sharing Our Plate
Our Unitarian Universalist principles call for us to work for justice and humanity. One way in which we do this is by donating half of the cash received from our Sunday Offering to a non-profit organization that provide a service to our community or that works for Social Justice.
The recipients are chosen by the Social Justice Ministries Council using the following criteria:
- The recipient organization must be a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in the U.S.
- The mission, purposes and practices of the organization must be aligned with those of HUUC
- Recipients must have some connection to HUUC through shared work, affinity, or other HUUC support
- The offering will make a significant contribution to the program with the majority of funds going toward programming.
- Recipients must have a budget that is mindful of the balance between program and administrative costs
- Offerings will focus on local programs in or serving beneficiaries in Central Massachusetts. Consideration will be given to non-local programs with a strong connection to HUUC members.
Sharing Our Plate Calendar
Checks made payable to the organization will be mailed directly to them.
2019 – October
United Native American Cultural Center, located at Devens, MA has a mission to be a positive place for peoples of all cultures to gather, share and educate one another. Essential to this endeavor is a program of cultural enrichment, education and whole life strategies for Native American people; a place to learn and teach crafts, artwork, voices and traditional ways. Please make checks payable to UNACC.
2019 – September
Special collection – September 22: UUSC’s Hurricane Dorian Crisis Response Fund will deliver critically needed support to those in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. UUSC will focus especially on the Haitian migrant community on Abaco Island and other groups most likely to fall through the cracks of traditional rescue and relief efforts. Please make checks payable to UUSC and note Dorian Crisis Response Fund in the memo line.
Sandy Hook Promise educates and empowers parents, schools and community organizations on how to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens by providing mental health & wellness early-identification and intervention programs, gun safety storage practices and advocating for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy. Please make checks payable to Sandy Hook Promise Foundation.
2019 – May 26, June 2 & 9
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.
2019 – May 5, 12, 19
Moms Demand Action: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence.
2019 – April 14, 21, 28
Citizen Climate Education: Citizens’ Climate Education empowers individuals to educate elected officials, community leaders, and the general public about climate change and climate change solutions.
Our consistently respectful, non-partisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, we work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions.
2019 – March 31, April 7
B’Tselem: While continuing to document and publicize human rights violations, B’Tselem – in its capacity as a human rights organization – now unequivocally demands an end to the occupation. To promote that goal, B’Tselem works to expose the injustice, violence and dispossession inherent to the regime of occupation, to deconstruct the apparatuses that enable it, and challenge its legitimacy in Israel and internationally.
2019 – March 17, 24
Addameer: ADDAMEER (Arabic for conscience) Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association is a Palestinian non-governmental, civil institution that works to support Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. Established in 1992 by a group of activists interested in human rights, the center offers free legal aid to political prisoners, advocates their rights at the national and international level, and works to end torture and other violations of prisoners’ rights through monitoring, legal procedures and solidarity campaigns.
2019 – February 24, March 3 & 10
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Currently, it is seeking $920 million to meet the needs of more than 900,000 refugees from Myanmar and 330,000 vulnerable residents in Bangladesh host communities.
2019 – February 3, 10 & 17
Partner Church: In 1995, six thousand miles away in Magyarandrasfalva, a small village in Transylvania, our partner church in Andrásfalva was built with our financial assistance and dedicated in 1999. Our plate the beginning of February will go directly to them for their continued functioning.
2019 – January 13, 20, 27
UU Urban Ministry: Uniting Communities, Transforming Lives. For nearly 200 years, the UU Urban Ministry has been working side-by-side with individuals and communities in Boston to create opportunities and instill hope for a brighter future.
2018/19 – December 23, 24, 30, & January 6
Our Father’s House: Our Father’s House is a private, non-sectarian agency providing shelter and related services to homeless men, women and children. Rooted in Judeo Christian values – which means that every man, woman and child is created equal and should be treated that way – we emphasize the dignity of the individual, and through our programs encourage and assist each guest to become self-sufficient.
2018 – December 2, 9, 16
Loaves & Fishes: With the help of volunteers and donors, we serve the communities of Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton and Shirley. Loaves & Fishes offers assistance to families who are struggling, by providing the opportunity for them to shop for groceries up to twice a month. More than 350 volunteers help over 900 client families from our service area.
2018 – November 11, 18, 25
United Way of Tri-County/ FBO WHEAT: At WHEAT Community Connections our mission is to give support to individuals and families who find themselves experiencing economic and personal challenges by providing emergency assistance and programs that promote self-sufficiency. We serve residents of Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Lancaster and Sterling.
BLM Boston: Black Lives Matter Boston is dedicated to restorative justice and finding alternatives to police and state-issued corrections. BLM Boston also adheres to issues unique to Boston’s Black community, such as BPS (Boston Public School) policies; MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) affairs; and gentrification in the Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester area.
2018 – October 14
BRIK:Building Resilience in Kids (BRIK) is a small non-profit helping children directly and through their caregivers to build resilience. BRIK offers workshops and programs that allow children to express themselves creatively while building positive relationships with those around them.
2018 – September 30, October 7
Human Rights Campaign:As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community
2018 – September 9, 16, 23
The Hurricane Maria Community Relief and Recovery Fund: Housed at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), one hundred percent of monies raised will be used to support immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for the communities hit hardest by the storm.