Charitable Giving for March 2015
Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, the recipient of fifty percent (50%) of our Sunday plate collections for the month of March will be Rebuilding Together – Manchester and Communitas Inc.
Rebuilding Together – Manchester is part of a national nonprofit organization called Rebuilding Together. Its goal is to bring communities together in efforts to assist those in need of general home repair and improvements. To be eligible to receive assistance from this volunteer organization a person must own and occupy their home in Manchester and be unable to do the work themselves. There are income guidelines as well. Priority is given to fixed, low-to moderate-income families, elderly or disabled individuals. The number of homeowners to be assisted each year depends upon available resources such as money for materials, volunteer labor and the ability to complete the work in one day.
Communitas Inc is a local non-profit organization that provides support for people with disabilities not available from a traditional service provider. It promotes the building of a positive, inclusive community locally – a community that welcomes all, finds the “gifts” in each member, and actively supports the expressions of each person’s gift.
Checks made out to Unitarian Universalist Society: East will be treated as follows:
If the memo line:
– is blank or “pledge” is written, all will go toward our pledge.
– has “COM” or the name of the charity is on the memo line, all will go the charity.
– has “1/2 pledge, 1/2 COM,” it will be divided equally.
The committee overseeing our community outreach efforts welcomes your comments and suggestions.
Contact our church office at 860-646-5151 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can contribute.
Community Outreach Ministry Significantly Increases Generosity
For the past nine years UUS:E has been donating 50% of our Sunday morning un-designated plate collection to local charitable organizations. This program has actually been in place for 10 years and grew out of the Social Justice
Committee’s initiative to support local groups in need and the Stewardship Committee’s desire to increase the spirit of generosity in the congregation.
Historically, our plate collections did not bring in much income—around $2,000 per year. Ten years ago, members of UUS:E attended a seminar on generosity as a spiritual practice, where the speaker advocated increasing charitable giving as a way for churches to express this aspect of spirituality. We began by donating the undesignated plate collection one Sunday a month but after a year increased it to 50%. We now take in about $20,000, giving away about $10,000 each year. The spirit of generosity at UUS:E is healthy and is validated by the appreciation of the recipients (see thank you letters on the bulletin board). A complete financial accounting is included in the Annual Report.
Our committee designates monthly recipients based on the following criteria: the organizations should be nonprofit, local, truly in need (our donation should make a difference), and fiscally responsible. Additionally, the values of the organizations selected are in alignment with the Social Justice goals of service, education, witness, advocacy, and/or transformation.
Members of the congregation are encouraged to suggest appropriate recipients to the committee.