One Sunday a month Jefferson Unitarian Church gives away our entire collection to an organization within our community. During the 2016-2017 church year, we gave away more than $48,000. We’ve been giving away the offering since 2013. In the last year we’ve partnered through our offering plate with the organizations listed below.
Members of the congregation are welcome to submit suggestions for the 2017-18 church year, which will be considered during the June 2018 meeting of the Justice Council. All applications are considered at one time for the entire church year to provide a level playing field of consideration.
If you are considering making a special plate suggestion, here’s some general guidelines. Organizations must be a 501(c)(3) tax exempt entity. They are more likely to be approved if they
- Operate in Jefferson County or Colorado generally
- Are small enough that $2,000-4,000 would make a meaningful difference in their budget
- Help larger numbers of people
- Have ties to the members of Jefferson Unitarian Church, particularly if our members are, or are able to be, actively involved in their work
- Align with our Unitarian Universalist values and traditions
While none of these criteria are rigid, all them collectively play a role in how the Justice Council determines which applications are approved and which are declined. Only 12 special plate applications are approved each year, and a few organizations are done each year, including the Action Center, Family Tree and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Click here for a copy of the application.
July 2017 – Kith
August 2017 – Second Wind Fund
September 2017 –Family Cold Weather Shelter
October 2017 – Habitat for Humanity
November 2017 – Family Promise
December 2017 – The Action Center
January 2018 – Freedom Fund
February 2018 – Jefferson Center for Mental Health
March 2018 – Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
April 2018 – Family Tree
May – 2018 – National Alliance on Mental Illness
June 2018 – Horse Protection League