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

August's Second-Sunday Plate Collection is for The Davies Project, which spearheads collaboration across the Lansing capital area to provide community-based, non-medical support to local families facing serious, long-term health challenges with a child such as diabetes, asthma, or cancer. Most specifically, the Project provides transportation. When a car is unavailable and public transportation is a poor option, the Davies Project helps refer families to free rides from volunteer drivers to and from local subspecialty medical appointments. In an interview with Executive director Pamela Riley Maklavcic, PhD, she stated that 70% of patients using specialty clinics for children in the area are Medicaid recipients and were missing 60% of their appointments. This transportation assistance not only helps families with getting children to appointments but also builds bridges and friendships between community members. This project was named to honor Dr. Dele H. Davies, who served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at MSU for more than nine years. During this time, he provided exemplary values for service, love of children, and outstanding administrative and mentorship skills.

Thank you for helping to support this great community organization! Please write checks to UU Lansing with "Davies Project" in the memo line during the month of August. All undesignated checks and cash collected on Sunday, August 13 will be donated to the Davies Project.

July's Second-Sunday Plate Collection was accepted 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).