Share the Plate
USG shares its Sunday offerings to mostly-local charitable organizations nominated by our members. Starting in the Fall of 2022, we share half our plate every Sunday with each organization, usually for two weeks in a row.
Our generous members have contributed over $129,000 since 2013 to important needs and causes (see partial list of recipients below):
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.
- Strengthening our ties with our immediate community.
- 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?
Here is a list of some Share the Plate recipients in recent years:
United Ukrainian American Relief Committee (UUARC) Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Philadelphia Mothers in Charge Colonial Area Anti-Racism & Social Equity Alliance (CAARSEA) DRUUMM Victim Services Center of MontCo The Bethesda Project ("Our Brothers Place") People Advancing Reintegration (PAR) Recycle Works Philadelphia Unemployment Project The Attic Abortion Liberation Fund of PA Family Promise Philadelphia Mt. Airy Teachers’ Fund Men Who Care of Germantown The Clinic Whosoever Gospel Mission The Patrician Society Creative Coping Laurel House Victim Services Center of MontCo Phila Interfaith Walk for Peace & Reconciliation UU United Nations Office Starr King School for the Ministry Covenant House PA Philadelphia Mural Arts UUHouse Outreach Nationalities Services Center Neighborhood Bike Works Broad Street Ministry Maternity Care Coalition Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center Lest We Forget Slavery Museum Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) Rebuilding Together – Philadelphia People’s Emergency Center Cradles to Crayons New Sanctuary Movement Inn Dwelling Heeding God's Call Phila Folklore Project Pathways PA Kenya Medical Education Trust UUA – Association Sunday Community Church UU (New Orleans) First Church New Orleans UUJusticePA Women in Transition Neighborhood Interfaith Movement (NIM) Habitat for Humanity/Philadelphia Lingelbach & Henry Schools Need in Deed Unitarian Universalist House Philabundance Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) Reach Out and Read UUSC Cyclone Relief