Community Outreach Ministry

Charitable Giving for the Current Month

As always, thank you for your generosity.
”We do not gather our gifts only for ourselves but to share with the larger community.”

Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our Sunday plate collections for the final three Sundays of May will go directly to a group of families impacted by layoffs at the state-owned service plazas on I-95. Note: making direct cash payments to families is a departure from our usual donations to organizations. But this is a unique situation and the need is great.  These are non-union workers who were in the middle of a campaign to form a union. Although these rest stops are owned by the state of CT, the workers don’t have the same protections and benefits as regular state employees. And without union membership, they have been treated horribly by their employers. A number of them contracted COVID-19 due to their employers not taking their safety seriously. A few of them have died, leaving their families in dire straits. Our goals is to spread the funds we raise among a group of families who have extreme need right now. Further: if individual UUS:E members want to “adopt” a specific family, they have the option to do that. We’re not exactly sure how that will work, but you can inform me if you’re interested.

Click here for more details on the service plaza layoffs.

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The UUS:E committee overseeing our community outreach efforts welcomes your comments and suggestions.

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 uuseoffice@uuse.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.