One Sunday a month Jefferson Unitarian Church gives away our entire collection to an organization within our community. During the 2019-2020 church year, we gave away more than $40,000. 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 2021-22 church year, which will be considered during the May 2021 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.

To set up an automatic Electronic Funds Transfer to benefit our Special Plate recipients, print out this form and turn into the JUC office.

July 2020 – West Metro Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Coalition

August 2020 – Family Promise

September 2020 – 9 to 5 Colorado

October 2020 – Metropolitan State University of Denver Dreamers

November 2020 – Arvada Rising Homeless Day Site

December 2020 –  The Action Center

January 2021 – Cobalt Abortion Fund

February 2021 – Project PAVE

March 2021 – Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

April 2021 – Family Tree

May – 2021 – National Alliance on Mental Illness

June 2021 – Hands of the Carpenter