Community Outreach Ministry

Charitable Giving for June 2016

Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, for the month of June the recipients of 50% of our Sunday plate collections not otherwise designated will be split between True Colors, with headquarters in Manchester, and Mary’s Place, located in Windsor.

True Colors Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate the stigma associated with sexual and gender minority status and to ensure that the needs of the LGBTI community are competently met by those responsible for out education, health, and well-being. True Colors sponsors the largest sexual minority youth conference in the nation.

Mary’s Place, a non-profit organization located in Windsor, provides a safe place in which children, teens and families who are grieving a death share their experiences, receive support and find comfort. Recognizing that after a death families may experience financial concerns, Mary’s Place does not charge a fee for its services nor do they receive any state or federal funding. All programs are supported solely through donations.

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 uuse153@sbcglobal.net 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.