Share the Plate

UUCE gives half of its non-pledged donations to an organization that supports our values in the world. Each month, a new Share the Plate recipient is chosen, usually from the local community or wider UU community. If you feel called to support UUCE or the Share the Plate organization for the month, please visit our Giving page.

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PADS of Elgin

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: PADS of Elgin UUCE has been supporting their lunch program for over a year. You can learn more about this on our Justice Projects page. For this month’s Share the Plate, we’ll be supporting their “Housing First” initiative. With the convergence of the pandemic and economic crises, we are facing a significant increase in homelessness in the United States. PADS is on the verge of finding a new site for their facility and…
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YWCA of Elgin

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: YWCA of Elgin YWCA of Elgin serves low-income, at-risk youth and families from diverse backgrounds. All the families YWCA serves are grappling with the uncertainty of how COVID-19 will continue to haunt our community. Their number one priority is surviving until there is an effective vaccine for all. Having cancelled all their live fundraising events, YWCA of Elgin is relying on friends to fill the gap. Our Share the Plate donations will help…
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Elgin CROP Walk

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: Elgin CROP Walk Hunger is one of the greatest injustices facing our world, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Ending hunger is possible, and it is possible in our lifetime. You can help make it happen! For nearly half a century, CROP Hunger Walks have ensured that more people worldwide have access to nutritious sustainable food sources. Stand with neighbors in our community who rely on food assistance programs. Partner with…
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Minister’s Discretionary Fund

This month’s Share the Plate Recipient is: The Minister’s Discretionary Fund The is a special fund here at UUCE that is used to support our members and friends who are facing emergency financial need. It’s a separate checking account that the minister uses at their discretion to provide confidential assistance. Records are kept of all the money that’s given out, but those records remain anonymous to assure confidentiality. Contributions to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund are accepted periodically to replenish the…
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UU Prison Ministry of IL

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: The UU Prison Ministry of Illinois UUMPI is dedicated to addressing the gross injustices in our criminal justice system: mass incarceration, dehumanizing treatment, lack of restorative justice, and barriers to housing and employment for inmates upon release. They focus on two main functions: Working with those who are victims of the system while they are in prison, and after release. Leading the advocacy effort to change the broken system itself. UUMPI’s most recent…
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Elgin Cooperative Ministry

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: Elgin Cooperative Ministry As persons of many faiths, we are united by our call to care for the holistic well-being of our neighbors. Elgin Cooperative Ministry The Elgin Cooperative Ministry is a coalition of religious and secular organizations in Elgin, focused on serving the community and relieving food insecurity. Its member organizations include the All People’s Interfaith Food Pantry and the Community Crisis Center, both of which we support with donations of goods.…
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PADS of Elgin

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: PADS of Elgin Public Action to Deliver Shelter, or PADS, works to provide support and shelter to homeless families and individuals in Elgin. They provide a safe place for people to sleep, eat, shower, and do laundry, providing all the necessary beds, food, hygiene products, and laundry detergent. They also help individuals create an action plan by identifying barriers which led to homelessness and ways to overcome them. Each year, PADS of Elgin…
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CASA Kane County

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: CASA Kane County Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kane County is a nonprofit volunteer organization that has been advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system since 1988. CASA Kane County recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers who serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates and Guardians ad Litem for children who are in court due to abuse, neglect, or private guardianship. CASA Kane County serves over…
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Boys & Girls Club of Elgin

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: The Boys & Girls Club of Elgin Their mission is to enable all young people, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. They provide a safe and enriching environment for children to gather, get assistance, seek mentorship, and find inspiration. With the help of professional mentors and support from community members, the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin helps children build the skills and…
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UU Advocacy Network of IL

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: UU Advocacy Network of Illinois UUANI provides Unitarian Universalists across Illinois with advocacy and legislative leadership. Their goal is to to build community and promote social and economic justice. They work to bring social justice into the heart of spiritual life of congregations, and develop ways for church communities to live the UU principles. The Unitarian Universalist Association nationwide is supporting UU congregations, organizations, and individuals in a major effort for democracy and…
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Community Crisis Center

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: The Community Crisis Center The CCC was founded by a group of dedicated volunteers to meet the needs of families and individuals impacted by crisis and violence in Illinois. Operating since 1975, it is one of the oldest domestic violence shelters in Illinois. In addition to operating as a shelter, the CCC works to educate the community about domestic violence and crisis response, offers counseling and abuse intervention, runs a crisis hotline 24/7,…