Split The Plate

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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.

Click here to review and/or download a simple Split-the-Plate application.


Split-The-Plate charity for July: Enhancement of the Grow to Give Garden

This summer, UUFH’s own Grow to Give Garden (G2GG) is celebrating its tenth year of growing organic vegetables and fruit, all of which is donated to local food pantries such as Long Island Cares. The garden relies on its budget to supplement donations of tools, seed, compost, and routine upkeep and maintenance. This year, the G2GG volunteers are expanding their focus to give back to Mother Nature by eliminating invasive weeds and introducing native plants that will provide food for the birds, bees and other pollinator insects. Help us create a more ecologically healthy and sustainable garden!

Split-The-Plate charity for June: Open Buffalo

Open Buffalo is a civic initiative to make major, long-term improvements in justice and equity in the City of Buffalo, New York. Established in 2014, it is an unprecedented collaboration among a diverse group of partners and allies. Our mission is to advance racial, economic, and ecological justice. We do so through skill building, network connecting, and activating leadership opportunities. People directly experiencing systemic challenges and inequities that we aim to address will always have a voice in identifying the problems and developing the solutions. Our goal is for all communities in Western New York to thrive free from discrimination and poverty.  An empowered democratic society is key to a joyful, culturally rich community and sustainable planet.

Split-The-Plate charity for May: Helping Hand Rescue Mission

Located in Huntington Station, the Helping Hand Rescue Mission seeks to improve the spiritual and temporal conditions of the children, families, and people of the communities they serve by providing excellent service to all who come, whether they be rich or poor. They are here to love, to serve, and to give. The Helping Hand Rescue Mission Pantry is serving approximately 200-250 families per week with non-perishable and fresh produce, fruit, meat and eggs, milk, and bread. They have given out more than 39,000 food parcels since March 21, 2020. Their dining room recently suffered water damage due to a burst pipe, so contributions are especially needed now.

Split-The-Plate charity for April: New York UUs for Justice (NYUUJ)

Unitarian Universalists have a long history of being at the forefront of justice movements – from abolition and civil rights to climate justice and immigration rights. But the power we have as individuals and even as individual congregations, while significant, does not have the political power we can have when we come together in cooperative state action. That’s where New York UUs for Justice (NYUUJ) comes in. NYUUJ is our New York State-wide UU legislative and justice action organization. The mission of NYUUJ is building justice and power in New York. They seek to accomplish this by connecting Unitarian Universalists with one another and with partners who share our values; learning from those most engaged in the struggle for justice and following their lead; and activating collective power to advocate for a just New York.

Split-The-Plate charity for March: UUSC Emergency Relief Fund: Ukraine Response

An excerpt from UUSC’s president Rev. Mary Katherine Morn’s statement about the war in Ukraine: “UUSC is a human rights organization with more than 80 years of work in solidarity with people who have experienced displacement. We know that a further escalation of war in Ukraine will only worsen the global refugee crisis in which more than 80 million people worldwide have already been displaced from their homes. Ukraine is currently home to more than a million asylum-seekers and internally-displaced people, many of whom could now be forced to flee for a second time as a result of Putin’s incursion.”

Split-The-Plate charity for February: Huntington Branch of the NAACP

The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders, and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans. The Huntington Branch will work with the state and national NAACP offices to strengthen our commitment to supporting equality and justice in the Huntington community.

Split-The-Plate charity for January: Gender Equality New York, Inc.

Gender Equality New York, Inc., better known as “GENY”, is a non-profit whose mission is to advocate for transgender, non-binary, and intersex New Yorkers. GENY is committed to gaining equal rights and ending discrimination to achieve economic, educational, racial, and social equity for our communities. These goals are met by engaging in education and outreach to increase the general public’s understanding of the gender-expansive community, and to decrease incidents of discrimination and violence. GENY seeks to influence the public’s social attitudes, gain allies, and establish our community’s presence across New York State.


Split-The-Plate charity for December: Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HiHi)

HiHi, the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative, is a Huntington-wide effort to address homelessness right here in our community. Through the efforts of HiHi, in conjunction with the Suffolk County Family Services League, nightly food and shelter are provided to men in need from December through March. Many of you have volunteered for HiHi before and know how important this mission is to UUFH. Again, this year, due to COVID, HiHi looks very different. Only one house of worship (Gloria Dei) will be housing the men. However, there is now an even greater need for funding than ever before. Please consider giving generously to HiHi this year and help this program keep our community members safe and healthy this winter.

Split-The-Plate charity for November: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates. UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies. Our work is grounded in the belief that all people have inherent power and dignity.

Split-The-Plate charity for October: UU-UNO (Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the United Nations)

The Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the United Nations is a non-governmental organization in association with the United Nations Department of Global Communications and in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The UUA Office at the UN represents the UUA and the Canadian Unitarian Council at the United Nations, where we promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, as reflected in the United Nations Charter. Through targeted education, advocacy, and outreach, we engage Unitarian Universalists in support of international cooperation and the work of the UN.

Split-The-Plate charity for September: Rural & Migrant Ministry

Since 1981 Rural & Migrant Ministry, a statewide, non-profit organization, has been standing proudly with the rural and migrant communities throughout New York State. We act to overcome the prejudices and poverty that degrade and debilitate people within rural New York by building communities that celebrate diversity, achieve true mutuality and fight for dignity and opportunity for all. We work with rural leaders, both young and older, who are committed to equality and cooperative opportunity, especially within agricultural systems. We also support people in faith, labor and university communities who seek to stand with rural leaders as allies. A representative of Rural & Migrant Ministry will participate in the last service of the month.

Split-The-Plate charity for August: Tri CYA (Tri Community and Youth Agency)

Tri CYA is a private, not-for-profit community based agency dedicated to supporting the growth and development of youth and their families in the communities of Huntington, South Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor. For more than 40 years, the Tri CYA has provided a broad range of educational, recreational, social, cultural, athletic, counseling and advocacy programs, working closely and cooperatively with businesses, school districts, law enforcement, community groups, government agencies and religious organizations as well as with individuals, parents, and youth community volunteers. Tri CYA is constantly interacting with community members to help them identify their needs and developing programs which answer to those needs.

Split-The-Plate charity for July: Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre

Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre is a major nonprofit local arts and culture center founded in 1973 and best known for its diverse array of movies. They also host numerous events and support a plethora of progressive causes through both these events and their cinema. Many UUFH members are active members or friends. Though Cinema Arts has been closed to in-person events since the start of the pandemic, they continue online presentations and have taken advantage of this period to make major renovations (https://cinemaartscentre.org/updates-on-our-renovation/). Supply chain issues have delayed re-opening, but they hope to re-open by fall, though are not yet ready to provide a date. They are supported by a wide array of generous donors, but given the challenges of the last year need support now more than ever.

Split-The-Plate charity for June: UUFH Grow to Give Garden (G2GG)

From early spring through late fall, UUFH volunteers for the Grow to Give Garden (G2GG) raise organic vegetables and herbs to donate to local food pantries. They do this work to provide healthy, unprocessed food to local families in need who depend on food pantries to eat. Long Island Cares has expressed gratitude on behalf of the people from our community who have come in seeking fresh, organic produce each week. The G2GG is planted as early in the spring as possible so that UU’s of all ages who want to participate can be actively involved in the garden. The Grow to Give Garden is a wonderful place to learn new skills, to make new friends, and to put our UU values into action. They always welcome additional financial and volunteer support.

Split-The-Plate charity for May: Long Island Poor People’s Campaign

The Long Island Poor People’s Campaign is working to educate people about and to dismantle the interlocking injustices of systemic poverty, systemic racism, ecological devastation, and militarism. We are a fusion coalition, networking with other groups fighting to achieve Martin Luther King’s vision of a Beloved Community through a revolution of values. The UUA is a coalition member of the PPC nationwide, with shared Principles and concerns. We invite you to join us here on Long Island.

Split-The-Plate charity for April: Asian Americans for Equality

Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is a New York City-based organization founded in 1974 which is active in community services and development, financial empowerment, and advocacy. It helps community members with a wide range of housing, immigration, and other issues, with counselors available in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. AAFE has also created 800 units of affordable housing, and through its affiliate has provided more than 1200 small business loans during the past two decades. AAFE recently called on elected officials, as well as its AAFE partners in immigrant and communities of color, to condemn anti-Asian racism and hate crimes – and to invest in community-centered programs and infrastructure for creating safe, inclusive, and healthy communities.

Split-The-Plate charity for March: H2 Empower

H2 Empower inspires hope, humanity, and higher learning in Ethiopia and Burundi. In Ethiopia we built a community library, computer room and a rural school library. We brought water to 4 schools and their community and trained 450 teachers and 190 school librarians. H2 Empower built 19 public school classrooms to cut class size from over 100 children in a class. In Burundi, h2 Empower supported a microloan & literacy project and provided scholarships for Burundi students; this year we hope to build a water and sanitation system in a primary school for 1,500 girls.

Split-The-Plate charity for February: NAACP

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Huntington chapter is an interracial American organization created to work for the abolition of segregation and discrimination; to oppose racism, and to ensure African Americans their constitutional rights. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders, and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans. The Huntington chapter works to educate all political candidates to support policies that improve access to quality education and economic opportunity, criminal justice reform, the environment, healthcare, and youth empowerment, with a dedication to removing race-based oppression and discrimination from society. By supporting the Huntington chapter you are supporting their mission to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through education, empowerment, and the democratic processes. They foster collaboration with various organizations in the community to continue our efforts in increasing civic engagement, access, diversity, and inclusivity throughout the Huntington community while decreasing inequities that exist in health, education, housing, employment, and criminal justice systems. Join their chapter, become an active member, and be a part of more than 500,000 people who stand for the freedoms guaranteed in our Nation’s Constitution. The fight for freedom is not free! Your membership will help fund initiatives and programs to support our mission of racial equality and equal justice. Visit them at www.NAACPHuntington.org and on Facebook at NAACP Huntington Branch.