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 November Recipient: Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee (PLC)
Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee is our November Share the Plate recipient. Located near the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee, Peace Learning Center (PLC) has worked with over 11,000 children and youth since 2002. Through their workshops, PLC teaches nonviolent conflict resolution, healthy communication and peaceful action.
PLC has two types of programs: the Peacemakers Workshops for 4th and 5th graders and the Peace Circle for Middle School. In the Peacemakers Workshops, students learn how to communicate, build self-esteem and learn nonviolent resolution techniques. They do this in a day-long workshop through cooperative games small group games and role play. The Peace Circle engages adolescents through curriculum topics such as recognizing biases, the value of an inclusive community; the effect and individual can have on the group dynamic, the role of technology in relationships and restorative practices as a means to repair relationships. More information about their programs, resources and how you can get involved is on their website at http://www.plcmke.org.
Cash collected in the plate will be shared 50/50 between Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee and First Church. To donate only to Peace Learning Center (PLC) please write a check directly to the organization, place it in the collection plate, and we will mail it for you. Parents and guardians, please talk with your children how even small donations help.