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.

1st Quarter Share the Plate Report 

Our generous community donated $629.00 to our Share the Plate recipients for the first three months of 2022.   January – Faith in Place received $62.50  February – the Community Crisis Center received $95.00  March – the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) received $471.50   Thank you for your contributions.  “For it is in giving that we receive.”  St. Francis of Assisi Mila Brinker, Church Administrator 
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PADS of Elgin

For the month of May, the Share the Plate recipient is Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) PADS works to meet the basic needs of homeless individuals first. They provide a safe place to sleep, eat meals, take showers, and do their laundry. The next step is to provide comprehensive case management. Case managers meet with each guest and together, an action plan is created by identifying the barriers which led to the person becoming homeless. Action plans are tailored…
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Organization for Autism Research

For the month of April, our Share the Plate recipient is the Organization for Autism Research. This organization was thoughtfully chosen by our own Religious Education Youth (12 and up kids). This recipient was chosen to honor April’s Autism Awareness Month. The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) provides scholarships and grants that fund research about autism and resources for self-advocates.  OAR’S MISSION IS TO APPLY RESEARCH TO THE CHALLENGES OF AUTISM.  We strive to use science to address the social, educational, and treatment…
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Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

For the month of March, our Share the Plate recipient is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) Help UUSC deliver aid with dignity and assist grassroots communities who are left out of traditional relief aid following crises. Your generous gift is a lifeline of support for people around the world rebuilding their lives and recovering from disasters. UUSC is often called to respond to unexpected crises and provide resources to communities whose needs are urgent and access to aid is…
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Share the Plate

This month, The Community Crisis Center is the chosen recipient of our Share The Plate donations.  I talked to Kim Cecil, a long-time friend and former member of UUCE, who has just moved back to Elgin to accept a position on the staff of CCC as Director of Client Services. The Community Crisis Center, located in Elgin, was founded by a group of dedicated volunteers to meet the needs of individuals and families impacted by crisis and violence in the…
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Faith in Place

Our Share the Plate recipient for the month of January is Faith in Place. Faith in Place empowers people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities.   Diverse people of all faiths sharing the commitment to care for the Earth. We recognize and honor all indigenous peoples who once inhabited this land we now call Illinois and lift up the voices of people of color to fight for…
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Interfaith Food Pantry

Our Share the Plate recipient for the rest of December is All Peoples Interfaith Food Pantry Several UUCE members have or still do volunteer at this food pantry, and we’ve supported the pantry with food donations for years. They serve residents of Elgin and are located at 256 E. Chicago St. Elgin, IL 60120. Open 9:30 to 11:30 Mon – Fri. Thank You!
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Anderson Animal Shelter

Our Share the Plate recipient for December 5th will be: Anderson Animal Shelter Please consider making a donation to STP on their behalf.  Just put “Anderson Animal Shelter” on the memo line of your check.  Thank you for thinking of our four legged friends.
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YWCA of Elgin Giving Tree Project

November will be the second month that the YWCA of Elgin is the recipient of our Share The Plate collection.  We are committed to supporting the Giving Tree project again this year.  As you know, our attendance at church services has lessened during the pandemic, which naturally impacts the number of donations to our Share The Plate monthly collection.  By extending the YWCA’s funding into a second month, we hope that returning to in-person services will gradually increase attendance, and also,…
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YWCA of Elgin

The Share the Plate recipient for the month of October is the YWCA of Elgin Every year we work together to support the mission of the YWCA of Elgin by collecting funds and participating in their “Giving Tree” Program. YWCA Mission YWCA Elgin is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.We will get a head start this season by collecting funds in October and starting our Secret Santa shopping in November. We do…
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UUANI

The Share the Plate recipient for September 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.
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The Boys and Girls Club of America

The Share the Plate recipient for the month of August is: The Boys and Girls Club of America Help get a kid’s great future started today! Boys & Girls Clubs keep kids safe by providing a positive environment where they can learn, play, and grow. Donate today to help get more kids on the road to a greater future! Imagine a place where who you are, where you’re from or the circumstances that surround you don’t determine your access to experiences…