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 or will be receiving contributions in FY 2018-19:

July:  Silent Spring Institute – Researching the Environment and Women’s Health. Silent Spring Institute is staffed and led by researchers dedicated to science that serves the public interest.  $380

August 12, 2018: The Dome in Woods Hole –  The DOME as a building still exists. In fact it is the only DOME designed and built by a team led by Buckminster Fuller that is still up. A committee has been formed to bring back the DOME as a contemporary art destination presenting artists working across all media in the visual and performing arts that will provide food for the soul. $204

September 9, 2018:   Citizens for the Protection of Waquoit Bay  Dedicated to protecting and restoring Waquoit Bay and its watershed. CPWB has a long and productive history.  It was started in 1981 by Falmouth attorney and former planning board member, Winnifred Woods and Mashpee resident Deborah Moore to successfully prevent the development of Washburn Island.  Later, under the same leadership, it lobbied successfully for the protection of South Cape Beach and the founding of the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. $326

October 14, 2018:    Native Land Conservancy was founded in 2012 in Mashpee, Massachusetts, and is the first Native-run land conservation group east of the Mississippi. After centuries of hardship and economic struggle, it is only now that we can finally attend to the important work of protecting sacred spaces, habitat areas for our winged and four legged neighbors and other essential ecosystem resources to benefit Mother Earth and all human beings. $359

November 11, 2018:  Feed the Gulf Coast Food Bank is coordinating with partners from the national level down to ensure that essential food is getting to those who have been affected by Hurricane Michael. In the wake of this catastrophic hurricane, Feeding the Gulf Coast is continuing to work around the clock to provide much needed food and water to those struggling in the affected Florida communities. They have been working with Feeding America and Feeding Florida to coordinate disaster response efforts with local Emergency Management Agencies and their partner community organizations in these areas. $468

December 9, 2018:  Falmouth Service Center : The mission of the service center is:   To ease stress, reduce hunger and improve the quality of life for our neighbors in need. The Falmouth Service Center (FSC) works to increase self-sufficiency by helping to build networks among clients, neighbors and agencies. $350

January 13, 2019:  Belonging To Each Other : BTEO shelters homeless people in Falmouth during the cold weather months.  People can survive living rough in the summer but it’s another thing entirely in the winter. Freezing temperatures, wet weather, snow, mud, no place to get warm. Or cook a meal. Or take a bath or shave or do laundry. Or plug in anything. Or have any privacy. $477

February 10, 2019:  Friends of Bourne Food Pantry is a non-profit organization, under the auspices of the Friends of Bourne Council on Aging, Inc. The mission of the Food Pantry is to assist individuals and families in the town of Bourne. $325

March 9, 2019:  Sandwich Food Pantry  The Sandwich Food Pantry is a non-profit, totally volunteer organization serving residents of Sandwich since 1983. $255

April 28, 2019:  GreenCape provides information about pesticides and a variety of other environmental threats. Although they do not engage in any political activities such as lobbying, they do feel that people have the right to make their voices heard.  The Cape Alliance for Pesticide Education, was founded in 1998. $412

May 12, 2019:  Cape Kid Meals The mission of Cape Kid Meals is to provide food insecure children with food over the weekends during the school year. Food insecure children are those who are dependent on free breakfast and lunch programs in the public schools. The program is modeled after the national program “Blessings in a Backpack” (BIB) and works through and in cooperation with Blessings in a Backpack.

June 9, 2019:    Compassion and Choices