All our lives we are in need, and others are in need of us.
We need one another when we would accomplish some great purpose, and
cannot do it alone.
-George E. Odell
As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations; the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; and respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Because UUs share these fundamental principles, we seek to live our values through social action.
In 2007, WUU launched the Share the Plate program, which continues the UU tradition of faith in action. Share the Plate designates a local organization to receive financial support from a collection on Share the Plate Sunday.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Share the Plate Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Share the Plate?
Share the Plate is a program at many Unitarian Universalist congregations in which money from the offering is donated to a local charitable or other worthy cause. At WUU, we Share the Plate on the First Sunday of each month. All money donated during the offering is given to an organization that we feel connects to our UU principles.
Why Share the Plate?
Sharing the Plate is an important way of deepening our relationship with our community and showing greater Williamsburg who we are and what we stand for. It is a way for WUU to intentionally cultivate a habit of generosity to our community. We publicize the month’s donation in advance and provide the congregation with information about the chosen organization. Our vision is to not simply give money; but also increase our connections to the organization and its work.
Other UU congregations that Share the Plate have found that this practice of giving back to the communities in which we live and worship also helps build a broader habit of giving that strengthens our congregation. In fact, congregations that Share the Plate report an increase in the giving nature of their members, resulting in higher pledges and a stronger budget.
With whom do we Share the Plate?
You tell us! We seek nominations for organizations in our local community that you would like to Share the Plate.
Last year we provided generous support for 12 local organizations through our Share the Plate offerings. Along the way, we learned more about the services they provide to the community, strengthened our connection to them, and publicized our support in the Gazette. We have selected organizations for each offering through June, 2010. but we’d like your help identifying which organizations to support starting in July 2010.
If you know a local organization that could use our financial assistance that you feel reflects or connects with our UU values, please fill out a nomination form available below.
Organizations that were supported last year will not automatically be considered for this year. A fresh nomination form provides evidence of continued interest and a commitment to help make the Share the Plate offering successful.
If the organization is selected for a month, we’ll ask you or someone familiar with the group to say a few words on Share the Plate Sunday. A short write-up promoting the collection for the group will be submitted to the newsletter and Spiral.