Share The Plate
Every month UUFF has one Sunday collection plate that is designated as the “Share the Plate”. This means that 50% of the plate that is not marked as fulfilling pledge commitments goes to a charity that is selected by the Social Action Committee. These are the charities who have received contributions in FY 2017-18:
July: Independence House in Hyannis. Independence House is the only comprehensive community-based organization on Cape Cod providing free and confidential specialized services and widespread programs for adults, teens and children (ages 6 and up) who are survivors of, or affected by domestic and sexual violence.
August: The Carriage House in North Falmouth. The Carriage House shelter in North Falmouth specializes in serving first-time mothers and their children. While sheltering is primary, Carriage House also provides an ongoing in-house workshop program, supportive services and linkages to community resources.
September: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. The UUA and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee have formed a joint recovery and relief fund for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey: Unitarian Universalist Disaster Relief.
October: Belonging to Each Other. This grassroots organization will enter its third year of service to the homeless residents of Falmouth this year. BTEO grew with the participation of many local faith organizations providing temporary housing to around 50 people. BTEO has also provided other needed services and counseling to the participants: Belonging to Each Other.
November: Puerto Rico Relief. The Governing Board has voted to have a designated collection on November 12, 2017 to go to support relief of hurricane damage in Puerto Rico. The recipient will be the San Juan Rotary Club. Giving to this organization would allow us to receive personal input through Steve Triestman on where our donations are going and their impact at the local level.
December: Around the Table at St. Barnabas Church. Around the Table provides regular, free hot meals to the community. The all-volunteer-run effort is going into its 33rd year. “We’re here for anybody who needs a meal,” said Lesley L. Sullivan, who serves as treasurer for Around the Table. Cape News: Around the Table.
January: South Coastal Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS) is a non-profit charitable corporation which serves clients in Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket and Plymouth Counties and the towns of Avon and Stoughton in Norfolk County in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Attorneys and paralegals represent poor and elderly clients with high priority legal problems. SCCLS also provides group representation and community education.
February: Gosnold, Inc. presently celebrates 45 years of helping youth, adults, families, and communities heal from mental health, substance use, and co-occurring illnesses through a comprehensive range of programs and services. Gosnold, Inc. has many locations on the Cape with five in Falmouth. Gosnold is raising awareness and educating our communities to help improve an understanding of substance abuse and emotional disorders.
UUFF IS GENEROUS
The first six months of giving at UUFF have been very generous. Here is a report of our giving:
July Independence House 555
August Carriage House 441
September Hurricane Harvey 1,767*
October Belonging to Each Other 371
November San Juan Rotary Club 6,578*
December Around the Table 405
*Governing Board initiated and 100% of the plate was given.