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.

March:  Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that works in partnership with individuals, businesses, congregations, schools, and civic groups to build affordable homes for local families living in situations of critical housing need. We were founded in 1988 as a recognized affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.

April:  No Place for Hate Falmouth  is a community organization whose purpose is to build bridges, combat bias and promote respect for all people through advocacy & education. We accomplish this through community events including lectures, film screenings and other educational offerings. In times of crisis we promote appropriate communal responses.

May:  Buzzard’s Bay Coalition  is a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of our irreplaceable Bay and its watershed. Explore the pages below to learn more about our work to save Buzzards Bay.

June:  Thrive: CIGSYA  is a community-based alliance of young people from fourteen to twenty-two that exists to improve the lives of LGBTIQQS (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning and straight) youth on Cape Cod and the Islands by addressing key risk factors such as the self-hate, isolation and fear, which are often prevalent in their lives. CIGSYA works toward eliminating all forms of discrimination based on differences through education and training, and by providing a space where young people come together in an environment of respect, free from judgment and harassment. CIGSYA’s programs involve youth leadership in decision making, program design and implementation.

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 PR Rotary Club             $6,578*

December  Around the Table                              $405

TOTAL:                                                             $10,117

*Governing Board initiated and 100% of the plate was given.