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.
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 affect 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 April Recipient: Running Rebels (RRCO)
Running Rebels Community Organization (RRCO) is our Share the Plate recipient for April. Guided by their mission to provide positive choices for youth facing the daily pressures of delinquency, drug abuse, truancy and teen pregnancy, RRCO has been working with Milwaukee’s central city youth since 1980. Through targeted education initiatives, mentoring and job prep as well as athletic programs and specific programs for young women, RRCO serves about 1,500 at-risk youth at their Fond du Lac Avenue location near W. Walnut Street. At that location they provide a free dinner to all youth who attend their programs in the evening and provide tutoring, mentorship, crisis management and a safe place to come after school to stay away from; drugs, gangs, and other poor influences. Just this year, RRCO is working on expanding to a second new facility on Capitol Drive, east of I-43, called Running Rebels East. The new facility will include office and classroom space, a cafeteria, kitchen, and indoor basketball court. The Zilber Family Foundation has provided a half-million dollar gift for the expansion–and pledges another $500,000 when Running Rebels secures $3 million. RRCO is excited about the potential to serve hundreds more young people once the second site is up and running. For more information on Running Rebels please visit their website.
Cash collected in the plate will be shared 50/50 between the recipient and First Church. To donate only to our monthly recipient, please write a check directly to the organization, and we will mail it for you. Parents and guardians, please talk with your children how even small donations help.