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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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…
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Citizens Climate Lobby

The Share the Plate recipient for July is: Citizen’s Climate Lobby At our last Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the Board of Trustees voted to endorse federal legislation H.R. 2307. Thanks to Mary Alice Masonick, a longtime UUCE member and advocate with Citizens Climate Lobby, for her activism, and for sharing this vital work with us. A Climate Change Organization We exist to create the political will for climate change solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the…
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Community Crisis Center

The Share the Plate recipient for the month of June is: 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 in Illinois. Visit…
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Public Action to Deliver Shelter

This month’s 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 to each individual and…
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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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Community Crisis Center

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: The Gretchen S. Vapnar Community Crisis Center Located in Elgin, Illinois, the center was founded in 1975 by a group of dedicated volunteers 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/ financial difficulties. The Crisis Center is one of the oldest domestic violence shelters in the state and was instrumental in organizing both 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…