Posts by Social Justice Team

PADS Lunch April Signup

Following is the link to the April signup schedule for PADS lunches. There are 4 Mondays in April. You can contact me if you have any questions. Thanks in advance for your help. Also be aware that when you deliver food on Mondays, there may be other people delivering food for dinners. This is because PADS has reduced staff at this point and are only answering the door around lunchtime. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044AA4A629AA8-pads11
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FINCA

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: Foundation for International Community Assistance FINCA is a trusted partner in catalyzing economic growth and alleviating poverty. UUCE has been a steadfast supporter of FINCA since 2007, supporting six Village Banks on three continents. By enabling access to microloans, UUCE has empowered thousands of low-income clients to build more resilient lives. Poverty’s many challenges are interconnected, and so are the solutions. FINCA International, a Washington, DC-based not-for-profit organization, is working to advance market-based…
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MLK College Scholarship & Annual MLK Food Drive

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: The MLK college scholarship fund & the annual MLK food drive.  Each year, the City of Elgin Human Relations Commission takes great pride in presenting a weekend of activities celebrating the life of one of our country’s greatest civil rights leaders, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year in lieu of the Prayer Breakfast, Dr. King’s birthday was celebrated virtually, but lost none of its power. Learn more by visiting the…
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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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