Second-Sunday Plate Collections

We are a generous community! Our congregation contributed almost $14,000 in 2016 to local, denominational, and international organizations. An extra focus this year was South Lansing organizations such as Southside Community Center, Southside Community Kitchen, and Carefree Dental Clinic. Many other organizations reflected themes of the month, Social Justice Committee Task Forces, and denominational organizations. UU Lansing members have been playing an increasing role in making suggestions of organizations to support. An ongoing list is kept by the committee chair and discussed at committee meetings that are open to members.We prioritize local organizations that have budgets small enough for our contribution to impact. Our next meeting is Thursday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m. Stop by the Atrium to check out the current month's selection and look through thank-you notes that have been written. We make a difference!

-Renee Swanson Chair, Second-Sunday Plate Collections

March's Second-Sunday Plate Collection will be accepted for the Capital Area Housing Partnership. This organization "promotes strong, diverse neighborhoods, affordable housing and home ownership, and provides steps to greater financial independence in mid-Michigan." Many lenders require the type of counseling and education provided by CAHP. Workshops focus on Home Buyer Education and Financial Education. Participants spend up to six hours in the workshops learning skills to help them become successful homeowners. Funds are also made available in select communities to be used for mandatory repairs and increases in energy efficiency. Donations from UU Lansing will be used to provide food to clients during the Home Buyer education classes, for outreach in the community, and for incentive gift cards or tools from local home improvement stores.

During the month of March, please write checks to UU Lansing with "CAHP" in the memo line. All undesignated checks and cash collected during worship on Sunday, March 12 will be donated to the Capital Area Housing Partnership. 

February’s Second-Sunday Plate Collection will be accepted for the Tri-County Office on Aging (TCOA). TCOA is the area agency on aging for Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties, serving older adults, primarily age 60 and over, and their families, as well as adults with disabilities. The mission of TCOA is to promote the independence and dignity of older adults, and the focus is on connecting people with resources, services, and information. Although TCOA's Meals On Wheels is likely the best-known program, other services include the Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program, evidence-based health and wellness programs, Options Counseling to help older adults remain in the community as they age, Kinship Care supports for non-parent older adults serving as caregivers to minors, and Crisis Services for the Elderly, which responds to non-medical emergencies such as utility shutoff notices and prescription drug issues.

Please write checks to UU Lansing with "TCOA" in the memo line. All undesignated checks and cash collected during worship on Sunday, February 12 will be donated to the Tri-County Office on Aging. Contributions to TCOA will be accepted through the month of February.

Note that TCOA is always looking for new volunteers, especially for Meals on Wheels. Delivery routes are available in South Lansing and elsewhere, with a commitment as little as one day a month.

January's Second-Sunday Plate Collection raised over $1500 for the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN).