Share the Plate

For more information, contact:

Bob Monahan

r_monahan@ameritech.net

Nancy Spransy

nspransy@gmail.com

Description

Since 2011, our Share the Plate program has provided an opportunity for church members to make contributions to important social programs that embody our Unitarian Universalist values in the wider community. Each month, the Share the Plate team provides information to the congregation about recipients selected from nominations submitted by church members. This is a wonderful way to assist many excellent programs that provide services for residents in our area.

For 2020-21, the Share the Plate team has selected the organizations listed below. Note that many were chosen and notified before the pandemic began.

TO DONATE DURING COVID-19

During COVID-19, we urge you to give directly to each organization which will be highlighted during virtual Sunday services and in other announcements. Use the link listed to donate to the organization and please note, if you are able, “from STP at FUSM.”

When we return to services in the Sanctuary, we will once again “share the plate” that is passed during Sunday service offertory. We hope that First Church members who are able will continue to give what they can to help others in these challenging times.

For FAQ and how to nominate an organization for the summer of 2021 and beyond, see the information below the list of organizations.

 

September 2020 Riverwest Food Pantry https://www.riverwestfoodpantry.org/
October 2020 Voces de la Frontera – New Sanctuary Movement https://vdlf.org/campaigns/new-sanctuary-movement/
November 2020 Zao MKE https://www.zaomke.org
December 2020 Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin http://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-wisconsin
January 2021 Peace Action of Wisconsin https://peaceactionwi.org
February 2021 Starr King School for the Ministry https://www.sksm.edu/
March 2021 TBD (Youth Group will choose.)
April 2021 League of Women Voters- Milwaukee County https://www.lwvmilwaukee.org/
May 2021 TBD (Children in the RE program will choose.)

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • How do I donate to the organization for this month? Please use the contact information on the organization’s website for a mailing address, telephone number, or perhaps a “donate” button. Remember to indicate that you are donating on behalf of the Share the Plate program at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee. “STP at FUSM” is a good abbreviation.
  • How does it work when children or youth select the Share the Plate recipient?The Youth Steering Committee selects the recipient for the month of their annual Youth Service, usually February or March. Children vote during Sunday School to choose the recipient for the month of May.
  • Why are children and youth invited to choose a recipient? We believe that every person should have a vote about the things that concern them.
  • Who selected the organizations from which the children choose?The Children’s Religious Education Team. Parents and guardians, talk with your kids about the organizations so they make an enthusiastic choice!

Nomination Criteria

Please review the following criteria before nominating an organization to be considered as a recipient of funds raised through our Share the Plate program. Note: Because of the current situation in our world due to the pandemic, and all of the social justice issues that have been exacerbated by it, we encourage you to nominate organizations that help those most impacted by this crisis.

Other criteria are that the organization:

  • aligns with UU principles and values, and with our First Church mission.
  • has wide appeal.
  • provides services predominantly in the Milwaukee metro area.
  • is non-profit, usually with 501(c)(3) status.
  • has a track record and verifiable history of performance.
  • uses a high percentage of its budget for programming (80% or more preferred).
  • addresses issues identified as important by the congregation.

past recipients

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

Please review the following criteria before nominating an organization to be considered as a recipient of funds raised through our Share the Plate program. Note: Because of the current situation in our world due to the pandemic, and all of the social justice issues that have been exacerbated by it, we encourage you to nominate organizations that help those most impacted by this crisis.

 

to submit your request for a share the plate recipient fill out our form: 

Share the Plate Nomination Form

Please read this form carefully and fill it out completely. Nominations without proper documentation cannot be considered.

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