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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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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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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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.
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Prairie State Legal Services

The Share the Plate recipient for the month of July is Prairie State Legal Services. The mission of Prairie State Legal Services is to ensure equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law by providing legal advice and representation, advocacy, education, and outreach that serve to protect basic human needs and enforce or uphold rights. Prairie State envisions a community where all low-income, elderly and vulnerable people have ready access to legal services to meet their basic needs…
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The Trevor Project

The month of June’s Share the Plate recipient The Trevor Project was carefully chosen by our youth. The Trevor Project is an American nonprofit organization founded in 1998. It focuses on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Through a toll-free telephone number, it operates The Trevor Lifeline, a confidential service that offers trained counselors. The stated goals of the project are to provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for the aforementioned youths (defined by the organization as people under 25), as well as to offer…

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…