Share the Plate Updates (May)
The Social Justice Council (SJC) at its May 5 meeting approved a 6-month schedule and process for UUCT’s Share the Plate donations.
The June Share the Plate recipient will be Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. That recipient was approved by the SJC. Emerge! has seen a COVID-19-related surge in demand for its services. (Desert Voices, the previously approved June recipient, has ceased operations for the foreseeable future.)
July through December
In July 2020, UUCT will go from 1 Share the Plate per month to 2 per month, a change approved by the SJC and UUCT board of directors. However, the SJC approved a 6-month plan beginning in July and will adopt a new plan later for the second half of the fiscal year.
The 2 Share the Plate collections each of these 6 months will be given to 1 nonprofit recipient. This approach is intended to address heightened needs of Share the Plate recipients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The congregational vote to select the Share the Plate recipients for July-December 2020 is open. The last day of voting will be May 24. Members and friends can vote via an online ballot athttps://forms.gle/wYDib4Wgpdqx9eWg7
Before the end of 2020, another election will be held to select the Share the Plate recipients for January-June 2021.
How to donate
Checks with “Share the Plate” in the memo line can be mailed to the office. Online donations can be made athttps://uuctucson.org/donate.
On that donation page you will find an option for Share the Plate as well as designations for pledge fulfillment, general donation, and Minister’s Discretionary Fund.
Share The Plate Schedule
July 21, 2019 -- Inn2America – an asylum-seekers aid project at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church.
Aug. 18, 2019 -- Interfaith Community Services – helps people in need achieve stable, healthy, and independent lives.
Sept. 15, 2019 -- No More Deaths – seeks to end the deaths of undocumented immigrants crossing the desert regions near the United States-Mexico border.
Oct. 20, 2019 -- Black Lives UU – expands the power and capacity of Black UUs within our faith, providing resources and support.
Nov. 17, 2019 -- Community Food Bank -- provides hunger relief, health, education, and community development assistancein five Southern Arizona counties.
Dec. 15 -- Casa Alitas – gives food, shelter, advocacy and travel assistance to Central American families released from detention.
Dec. 24 -- Minister’s Discretionary Fund
Jan. 5 –- Iskashitaa Refugee Network -- creates opportunities to integrate UN refugees into the Southern Arizona community while educating the public and increasing food security.
Jan. 12 -- UUJAZ – energizes people of faith to create an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just life for all those who live in Arizona.
Feb. 2 –- Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) -- builds power with Arizona’s working families to advance social, racial and economic justice.
Feb. 16 -- Casa Maria Soup Kitchen – works for liberty, social justice and search for peace Volunteers feed and clothe the needy.
March 15 -- Sister Jose Women’s Center – provides beds, food and the CREATE program to homeless women within the community.
April 26 -- Desert Voices – Tucson's premier gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and ally chorus.
May 17 -- Habitat for Humanity -- engages homeowners in building their own homes alongside volunteers and lets those homeowners pay an affordable mortgage.
June 21 –- Youth on Their Own (Youth Sunday) -- supports homeless teenagers, helping them graduate.