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. 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

October's Second-Sunday Plate Collection is for REACH Studio Art Center. REACH runs successful, youth-driven, educational art programming dedicated to at-risk youth mentoring, urban revitalization, and community-building. REACH believes that art is a powerful tool to change and improve the lives of our community’s youth. It was with this goal that it was founded by local textile artist Alice Brinkman in 2003. REACH is located at the edge of two urban neighborhoods in South Lansing and within walking proximity to thousands of residents. It became a non-profit in 2004 and since then has serviced thousands of community members with financially accessible art programs for all ages. Youth programming is offered on a sliding scale to families who find it financially difficult to access out-of-school art education. A display of art by REACH students is on display in our church's Social Hall this month. 

To contribute to this collection, please write checks to UU Lansing with "REACH" in the memo line during the month of October. All undesignated checks and cash collected on Sunday, October 8 will be donated to REACH.

September's Second-Sunday Plate Collection was accepted for the Capital Area Literacy Coalition (CALC).

August's Second-Sunday Plate Collection raised over $660 for The Davies Project.

July's Second-Sunday Plate Collection raised about $1,365 for The Garden Project of the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

June's Second-Sunday Plate Collection raised almost $1,400 for the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health.

May's Second-Sunday Plate Collection raised $1,375 for Refugee Services at St. Vincent Catholic Charities.

April's Second-Sunday Plate Collection raised over $2,000 for Adopt a Future by the Greater Lansing United Nations Association.

March's Second-Sunday Plate Collection raised over $800 for the Capital Area Housing Partnership.

February’s Second-Sunday Plate Collection raised over $1,200 for the Tri-County Office on Aging.

January's Second-Sunday Plate Collection raised over $1,500 for the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN).