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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4th Quarter Share the Plate

  Beginning April 1, 2024 our Share the Plate recipient will be Centro de Informacion, with offices in Elgin, Carpentersville, and Hanover Park.  Centro is in the National Immigration Legal Services Directory and was awarded a grant from the State of Illinois this year to serve the burgeoning number of Spanish speaking immigrants overflowing the greater Chicagoland area.        All of Centro’s staff are bilingual (Spanish/English).  The agency provides assistance with over a dozen legal immigration issues.  In…

2nd Quarter Share the Plate

Our second quarter (October, November, December) Share the Plate recipient is Planned Parenthood of Illinois. According to the Board of Trustee’s survey results that asked our community what their social justice concerns were, the results showed Reproductive Rights was our communities 2nd largest concern. After much consideration the Executive Team chose Planned Parenthood of Illinois as our Share the Plate recipient. For over 100 years, building healthy communities has been Planned Parenthood’s mission. Every day, Planned Parenthood of Illinois helps…
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ELGbtq+

Our UUCE youth have chosen ELGbtq+ as our Share the Plate recipient for the month of June. ELGbtq+ is the group that put on the very successful Elgin Pride Parade & Festival. UUCE sponsored a parade group and a vendor table. Their website states… Our goal with ELGbtq+ is to create a safe, welcoming environment for all lgbtqia+ folx (www.folxhealth.com) and allies in the Elgin area to come together, celebrate and learn from each other, and create unity within the…
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Faith In Place

The Share the Plate recipient for the month of May is:  Faith In Place; People of Faith and Justice Protecting Our Earth   Faith in Place is a local organization based in Chicago, Illinois that coordinates religious leaders of diverse faiths and spiritualities leading the environmental movement to create healthy, just, and sustainable communities for all.  Faith in Place empowers people of diverse faiths and spiritualities to be leaders in advancing environmental and racial justice, providing resources to educate, connect, and…
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Community Crisis Center

The Share the Plate recipient for the month of April is: The Community Crisis Center The Gretchen S. Vapnar Community Crisis Center chosen by the youth of our church in recognition of April being Sexual Assault Awareness month. The Crisis Center was founded in 1975 to meet the needs of individuals and families in crisis. Employees provide comprehensive services to individuals and families suffering due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or economic difficulties. The mission of the Community Crisis Center…
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Anderson Humane

In honor of deceased long time member Alice Macy, Anderson Humane was chosen by the Executive Team as the recipient of our Share the Plate collection for the month of January. Bringing people and animals together for good. For more than fifty years, Anderson Humane has been the leading animal welfare organization in our community. They have have been dedicated to creating positive connections between people and animals from day one because animals make us better! Today, they place more than…
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YWCA of Elgin

Our youth have chosen the YWCA of Elgin Giving Tree as the recipient of our Share the Plate collection for December.  This year, instead of doing the shopping ourselves, we hope to raise $800 to be shared equitably among 17 children.  The YWCA staff and volunteers, who know the children well, will purchase and wrap gifts of clothing, books and toys according to each child’s wish list. YWCA Elgin is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for…
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UUANI

The Share the Plate recipient for November is: Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois UUANI provides Unitarian Universalists across Illinois with advocacy and legislative leadership to effectively build community and power to promote justice and a healthy planet.  We bring social justice into the heart of the spiritual life of congregations and develop ways for church communities to live the UU principles. We help bridge communities and congregations and align spirituality with tangible actions to affect change.

3rd Quarter Share the Plate Report

Our generous community donated $885.00 to our Share the Plate recipients for the 3rd quarter of 2022.    July – Prairie State Legal Services $143.50  August – UNICEF $296.50 September –  Northern Illinois Food Bank $445.00 Thank you for your generous contributions!   “As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” – Mary Anne Radmacher  Mila Brinker, Church Administrator 
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Community Crisis Center

Our Share the Plate partner for October was chosen by the Youth of UUCE. The Community Crisis Center The Gretchen S. Vapnar Community Crisis Center was founded in 1975 to meet the needs of individuals and families in crisis. Employees provide comprehensive services to individuals and families suffering due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or economic difficulties. The mission of the Community Crisis Center is to provide Safety, Hope, Advocacy, Respite, and Education for those impacted by crisis and violence…
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Northern Illinois Food Bank

Our Share the Plate partner for September is Northern Illinois Food Bank. Our vision at Northern Illinois Food Bank is for everyone in Northern Illinois to have the food they need to thrive. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and proud member of Feeding America, we serve our neighbors in 13 counties with dignity, equity and convenience, providing 250,000 meals a day. We bring together manufacturers, local and corporate grocers, area farmers, corporations, foundations, and individuals who donate food and funding, and each week nearly…
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UNICEF

Our Share the Plate partner for August was chosen by the Youth of UUCE, in honor of Immunization Awareness month. With its partners, UNICEF reaches almost half of the world’s children every year with lifesaving vaccines. In over 100 countries, they work with governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and other United Nations agencies to engage communities, procure and distribute vaccines, keep supplies safe and effective, and help ensure affordable access for even the hardest-to-reach families.  https://www.unicef.org/immunization