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.
National Religious Campaign Against Torture: The NRCAT is a membership organization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Since its formation in January 2006, more than 300 religious organizations have joined NRCAT, including representatives from the Catholic, evangelical Christian, mainline Protestant, Unitarian Universalist, Quaker, Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Baha’i, Buddhist, and Sikh communities. (June 4)
American Civil Liberties Union: The ACLU works in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. The ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach and includes fighting for full equality for LGBT people, ending mass incarceration, preserving the right to vote and preserving the right to have an abortion.
Growing Places Garden Project: In 2001, HUUC member Kate Deyst and fellow Harvard, MA resident Cindy Buhner heard the story of Dan Barker, founder of the Home Gardening Project Foundation, and were inspired to launch the Growing Places Garden Project. Kate and Cindy believed they could bring the power of gardening to communities in Central Massachusetts. In their first season, they built five gardens, using their own tools and hard work. Since that modest beginning, Growing Places has created more than 250 gardens and provided technical support to more than 1,000 low-income people in North Central Massachusetts.
Southern Poverty Law Center: The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. Their lawsuits have toppled institutional racism and stamped out remnants of Jim Crow segregation; destroyed some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups; and protected the civil rights of children, women, the disabled, immigrants and migrant workers, the LGBT community, prisoners, and many others who faced discrimination, abuse or exploitation. (The money collected on March 5 will go to the UUSC.)
HUUC Partner Church Council: In far off Andrásfalva, Romania, Harvard has had a partner church relationship for over 2 decades. Our donations help them make needed repairs and maintenance to keep their house of worship a welcoming place. Please make checks payable to HUUC with “Partner Church Council” in the memo.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee: The UUSC advances human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.
Abby’s House: A multi-service non-profit organization in Worcester serving homeless and battered women and children. Abby’s House is committed to ending homelessness, and in this spirit, in addition to the emergency shelter, they also manage service-enriched affordable housing. Abby’s House collaborates with many organizations in the community that provide specific services, such as housing, legal services, mental and physical health services, and education to assist their clients.
Family Resource Center/SayDaNar: A Lowell-based organization that supports refugees from Myanmar/Burma where minorities and Muslims are now being persecuted. The Family Resource Center has an after school program that they run with SayDaNar, a group that provides advocacy, education and services promoting self-efficacy and empowerment of new immigrants and refugees to enhance their economic, health, educational and employment status in the United States to become active citizens contributing positively to their new community.
common cathedral:The parent organization of CityReach, the service project in which our Youth Group frequently participates. common cathedral serves as an important community for people experiencing homelessness, and for faith communities who want to be in supportive relationship with un-housed individuals and their friends.
Loaves & Fishes: Our local food pantry which provides food, clothing, camper-ships and after-school enrichment scholarships, emergency shelter, resource referral, and other temporary services. Volunteer stewards and a trained mental health worker listen with understanding and empathy to the complex situations of clients and suggest actions to promote independence and increased self-reliance. Loaves & Fishes serves over 600 families in Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, and Shirley.