First UU Share the Plate Charity for January 2023 is Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh is a nonprofit working to provide affordable homeownership and home repairs to limited-income families in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County since 1986. Habitat Pittsburgh has assisted 110 families ...
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The Share The Plate for December is East End Cooperative Ministry

The East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) changes the lives of people facing the impacts of poverty. For over 50 years, EECM has been a community leader in addressing the issues that affect our area’s most ...
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Share the Plate for November: UUSC

During the month of November, we will be sharing our weekly offering with a wonderful human rights organization: the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, or UUSC.UUSC works in the US and internationally, supporting grassroots movements on ...
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October’s Share the Plate charity is UU Justice PA

UUPLAN was organized ~ 22 years ago, and the involvement of 1st UU has waxed and waned through the years. In the early years, our congregation provided strong leadership for the Reproductive Justice Team and ...
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About Share the Plate

The church’s Share the Plate program is a way to contribute money and stay connected to a variety of community organizations.

Each month, a different organization is selected as a recipient. Here’s how it works

  • A weekly 50% share of the offering between the church and the designated organization;
  • Every week, all cash and checks in the plate are shared 50% unless designated otherwise. Ex: cash in the basket is split 50/50. If the cash is in an envelope and marked 100% for the either the church or the designation organization, those funds will be shared as directed. Likewise, a check may be marked to go to one or the other
  • Texting and Breeze can be used with a STP designation
  • This does not impact funds fulfilling stewardship pledges
  • Clear and simple directions will be verbally given at the time of the offering, and noted in more detail in the Order of Service and weekly newsletter

Why weekly? This proposal for weekly, rather than monthly, helps fulfill our commitment to living our faith as a generous and connected community. We are a part of an interconnected web of existence, and we believe in a world community that relies on one another for an engaged love that creates change and justice for all. The emphasis on living our faith and generosity is generally well received by visitors and long-time members, adding meaning and activism to all of our lives.

How are organizations chosen? Our much-loved programs that are embedded within our church will be standing recipients for six months of the year: Khasi Hills, PIIN, UUJusticePA, EECM, Habitat for Humanity and UUSC. The other six months we will ask members to nominate a recipient, and members can vote on them. Ordinarily we’ll vote at the annual meeting in May, this year it will be earlier. The top six votes will then be cycled into the calendar each year, with new ones nominated every year. The person who nominates the organization will need to provide brief written testimony and a contact person.