Share the Plate

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Your Share the Plate team works diligently to insure that recipients chosen are engaged in non-profit work that is aligned with the outreach wishes of our congregation.  Click here to view a list of criteria used by our team when selecting a monthly recipient to share our offering plate.

Share the Plate Nomination Form

Click here for a complete list of Share the Plate recipients since the program began in January 2011.

Parents/guardians, please talk with your kids about this month’s recipient and how their small contributions can make a big difference! Look for the Golden Collection Box at the Social Justice Table during Coffee Hour. Check out the poster in the RE space near the downstairs elevator for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I contribute cash to our Share the Plate partner? Yes, but be aware that all cash not designated as a pledge payment is divided 50-50 between our partner organization and the church. So when you put cash in the plate you are helping both our partner agency and our own congregation, which includes cash from the collection plate in the yearly budget. Cash contributions to Share the Plate are not hurting the church’s bottom line.

If I write a check to our partner agency, will that amount be subtracted from their share of the 50-50 split amount? No, checks written directly to the partner agency are sent there at the end of the month. The check total has no effect on the partner’s share of the collection plate cash.

I understand that Children and Youth will choose the Share the Plate Partner on occasion. How does that work?  The Youth Steering Committee designates the monthly partner to receive funds in March, corresponding to the presentation of their annual Youth Service. All Children and Youth who attend RE will vote one Sunday in March for the May partner agency. You will find more information about that process here.

Our January Recipient: Audio and Braille Literacy Enhancement Inc. (ABLE)

Our January Share the Plate Recipient is Audio and Braille Literacy Enhancement Inc. (ABLE).  Serving Wisconsin since 1965, ABLE’s mission is to provide visually impaired adults and children equal access to print materials.  Located in the downtown Central Library building in Milwaukee, ABLE provides in house braille transcription services, tactile drawings and audio books.

The audio books produced by ABLE fill a specific niche for people with print disabilities in that ABLE will record books by request that would otherwise be unavailable.  While the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped does have a large collection of audio books, they are limited mostly to the classics and best sellers.  ABLE produces recordings of books written by Wisconsin authors for the National Library Service as well as more obscure books by request.  Last year, 7000 people requested these audio services in Wisconsin.

For its braille transcriptions and tactile drawings, ABLE partners with organizations in the community (i.e. the Milwaukee Public Museum, Urban Ecology Center and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra) to provide programs, brochures, maps etc. in tactile form and in braille form.  ABLE also partners with MPS to provide students who are print impaired equal access to curriculum and other materials in either in braille or audio form.  For more information about the organization or how to become more involved, please visit their website at:

Cash collected in the plate will be shared 50/50 between ABLE and First Church. To donate only to ABLE, please write a check directly to “ABLE Inc.” and we will mail it for you. Parents and guardians, please talk with your children how even small donations help.

Kids Choose Recipient

Past Share the Plate Recipients