USG donates the offering one Sunday a month to a charitable organization nominated by a member of the congregation. Altogether, USG members have contributed over $48,000 since 2013 to these important needs and causes.

To nominate a charity please click here to fill out the online nomination form. If you are interested in becoming a Share the Plate Task Force member, please email Eric Foster, STP Task Force Chair, at sharetheplate@usguu.org. Other Task Force members (Tanya Vales, Bobbi Penniman and Mark Bangela) are also available to talk with prospective members.

In doing this we are:

  • Connecting to something larger than ourselves.
  • Acknowledging our interdependence with each other.
  • Shifting our congregational outlook to one of abundance rather than scarcity (USG’s weekly average collection has remained the same since we began the program.)
  • Strengthening our ties with our neighbors.
  • Showing our community that we are the church “of the loving heart, open mind and helping hands” in a very real and tangible way.

The charitable organizations we donate to must meet the following criteria:

  • The organization or project must be proposed by a member of USG, preferably one who is not an employee of the organization.
  • The organization or project must be non-profit and non-partisan. We prefer that the organization be incorporated under the 501-c-3 section of the IRS, but exceptions are possible if other criteria are met.
  • The organization or project must address issues of social justice, including but not limited to promoting fair and equal treatment for all; empowering marginalized communities; reducing poverty, racism, and homophobia; improving public education; aiding the elderly; reducing violence; preserving the environment; and promoting community health.

Proposals meeting the first three criteria will be evaluated and prioritized according to how many of the following questions can be answered positively:

  • Does the organization or project promote positive change in nearby communities?
  • Does the organization or project already involve USG members or provide opportunities for USG members to become involved as participants?
  • Does the organization or project support UUA or UUA affiliated initiatives?
  • Does the organization or project provide opportunities for USG to work with other religious organizations in nearby communities?

Recipients have included:

Philadelphia Unemployment Project
Mt. Airy Teachers’ Fund
UU United Nations Office
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
Rebuilding Together – Philadelphia
People’s Emergency Center
Cradles to Crayons
Pathways PA
Kenya Medical Education Trust
UUA – Association Sunday
Community Church UU (New Orleans)
First Church New Orleans
New Directions for Women
Neighborhood Interfaith Movement (NIM)
Habitat for Humanity/Philadelphia
Lingelbach School
Need in Deed
Unitarian Universalist House
Philabundance
Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (NPIHN)
Reach Out and Read
UUSC Cyclone Relief

The Share the Plate Task Force selects the organizations to receive the offering from USG members’ Nomination Forms, and educates the congregation about the organization’s service to the community.