Split The Plate
Making a difference and living our values. Together, we can do great things.
During the weekly Sunday offertory collection, UUFH congregants are invited to also donate to a designated charity of the month through a Split-the-Plate initiative. Save the Rain, the NAACP Educational Committee and the Gateway Community Garden are among the many charities that have benefited from this weekly gesture of outreach to others “beyond our walls.”
The Beyond Our Walls committee reviews UUFH congregant recommended charities twice a year (with application deadlines September 15 and January 15), but also accepts ideas on a rolling/emergency basis. We are always enthusiastically seeking charities that foster justice, equity and compassion in our lives, in our communities and in the world.
Split-The-Plate charity for November – Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the United Nations (UU-UNO)
Split-The-Plate charity for October – The Social Justice Roundtable
This month’s Split Plate is the Social Justice Roundtable. The effort to bring our UU congregations together in our social justice work began as the Long Island UU Social Justice Roundtable. Rev. Jude was instrumental in the initial gathering. The Roundtable, now under the banner of LIAC (Long Island Area Council), provides a space to: bring congregations together to communicate and collaborate, link with nonprofits fighting for social justice, strategize with other progressive faith allies, and develop tools for bearing witness to strengthen the voice of UUism and to promote social justice on Long Island. LIAC funds a social justice coordinator to work PT to coordinate this work. The Roundtable received a $2,000 outright grant from the Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility (a fund of the UU Funding Program) and a $4,000 challenge grant. Our Split Plate will help raise funds to meet that $4,000 matching grant.
Split-The-Plate charity for September – The UUA Disaster Relief Fund
The UUA Disaster Relief Fund is part of a covenant—a covenant between the UUA and congregations, between congregations who give generously and those in need, and with our community partners. Through aiding our congregations, their members and their community partners, we are able to embody our faith and values.
Split-The-Plate charity for July – Long Island Cares
Founded by the late Harry Chapin, Long Island Cares brings together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry and food insecure on Long Island and, to the best of our ability, provides for the humanitarian needs of our community. Our goals are to improve food security for families, sponsor programs that help families achieve self-sufficiency, and educate the general public about the causes and consequences of hunger on Long Island.
Split-The-Plate charity for June – Long Island Jobs with Justice
We are a coalition of labor unions, community organizations, congregations and faith-based organizations, and students committed to protecting the rights of working people and supporting community struggles to build a more just society locally and globally. We are committed to creating living wage jobs, supporting organizing, and demanding corporate accountability in our communities.
Split-The-Plate charity for April – Community Solidarity
Community Solidarity is America’s largest all-vegetarian hunger relief food program. Our philosophy is that compassion for people, animals, and the environment goes hand in hand. Every week Community Solidarity assists thousands of families by sharing free nutritious vegetarian groceries and hot gourmet vegan meals. Community Solidarity has a food share every Tuesday night in Huntington Station for free groceries, clothing and warm meals for anyone in need.
Split-The-Plate charity for March – Sophia Fahs UU Summer Camp
Funds are needed to support financial aid for families to send their children to the Sophia Fahs UU summer camp. Many families will not be able to attend without significant financial aid. Most campers are from LI and about a third from UUFH. Priority for funding is given to children of families who are members at UUFH. LIAC has agreed to a one-third match of financial aid given by a congregation.
Split-The-Plate charity for February: NAACP
The NAACP Huntington Branch’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) Program. The ACT-SO Program is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. Last year the Huntington Branch sponsored four ACT-SO students who participated in the national competition in Detroit.
Split-The-Plate charity for January: Burundi Unitarian Refugee Fund
The UU Fellowship Corvallis (Oregon) has set up a fund to support Burundi Unitarian refugees who have been in East Africa since the church was targeted by the government and its minister (Rev. Fulgence) was kidnapped, tortured and jailed. He is now living in Canada with his family. The goal of the fund is to support Unitarian refugees as they integrate into the community in Rwanda. There are now about 28 Unitarian refugees and friends who are being supported through scholarships, daily living and small businesses.