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

May's Second-Sunday Plate Collection will be accepted for Refugee Services at St. Vincent Catholic Charities. This is the designated refugee resettlement agency in mid-Michigan. Due to recent decisions made about persons arriving from certain countries and about the federal budget, SVCC Refugee Services has had to decrease the number of people employed to help provide services. Matching grants are not being received. Their is an urgent need now to find funding for housing, employment assistance, transportation, language/translation, and other support to help families reach self-sufficiency. Staff at SVCC Refugee Services provide assistance that make it possible for a family to receive health care, education, and other basic necessities.

Please help support this valuable community resource by writing a check to UU Lansing with "Refugee Services" in the memo during the month of May. All undesignated checks and cash collected during our Sunday, May 14 worship service will also be donated to Refugee Services.

April's Second-Sunday Plate Collection is accepted for Adopt a Future. Did you know that some of the refugees who are participating in the A+ Language School in our church never had an opportunity to go to school prior to arriving here? Unfortunately, this is not at all unusual. Although 51% of the 65 million people displaced in the world today are children, less than half of them have access to education. An uneducated child is a vulnerable child, at risk of exploitation. We have an opportunity to make a difference. 

The Adopt a Future campaign enables American communities to directly assist with global solutions to the refugee crisis. Locally, Greater Lansing United Nations Association is actively engaged in raising $30,000 to fund a classroom in the Horseed School in the refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya that will serve at least 40 children for 10 years. Every dollar raised locally will be matched by philanthropic donors, doubling the impact of our gifts. Thank you for your help in preventing a lost generation by giving refugee children the education they need to build a better future.

During the month of April, please write checks to UU Lansing with "Adopt a Future" in the memo line.

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

February’s Second-Sunday Plate Collection raised over $1200 for the Tri-County Office on Aging.

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