What is Share the Plate?

Share the Plate is a community outreach project that reflects the UUCC social justice philosophy. By donating one half of our Sunday non-pledge collection to a nonprofit group selected by the congregation, the UUCC gives back to the community in a meaningful and ongoing way. Thanks to our congregation’s generosity, we have donated approximately $102,000 in Share the Plate contributions to community charities over the past seven years.

The organization that is the recipient for the current month is asked to provide a representative to share with the congregation about the work that they are doing to help us better understand their mission and to spend time meeting our members.

Past Share the Plate Collections for 2020

January              Minister's Discretionary Fund                            $979.75
February            SC Appleseed Legal Justice                               $904.33
March               Congaree Riverkeeper              (during COVID) $630.50
April                  MIRCI                                       (during COVID)  $578.75
May                  Planned Parenthood                 (during COVID)  $711.25
June                  Free Medical Clinic                   (during COVID)  $779.75

2020 Share the Plate Voting Results

The voting is complete for the 2020 Share the Plate recipients. The Social Action Committee thanks everyone who voted this year with a total of 60 completed ballotsbeing received. Below are the results showing the new recipients for 2020 for the eleven categories. Thanks to our congregation’s generosity, we have donated over $101,680 in Share the Plate contributions to community charities since 2011. Thank you for your participation is this program.

Category Month Oranization
Pre-determined January Minister’s Discretionary Fund
Legal Aid February SC Appleseed Legal Justice
Environmental Issues March Congaree Riverkeeper
Mental Health Issues April Mental Illness Recovery Center (MIRCI)
Women’s Issues May Planned Parenthood
Physical Health Issues June Free Medical Clinic
Social Justice Issues July SC Women’s Rights
Empowerment Network
Children’s Services August Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter
LGBT Issues September Harriett Hancock Center
Animal Shelters / Services October Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary
Food Banks/Food Support November Meals on Wheels
Homeless Shelters December The Family Shelter


2020 Recipients

Congaree Riverkeeper is affiliated with the Waterkeeper Alliance, a global movement of on-the-water advocates who patrol and protect rivers and coasts all over the world.  We work to protect and improve water quality, wildlife habitat, and recreation on the Congaree, Lower Saluda and Lower Broad Rivers through advocacy, education and enforcement of environmental laws. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. congareeriverkeeper.org

Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary provides a safe haven for abandoned, abused, neglected, and elderly farm animals. While there are many shelters and rescue organizations for animal companions such as cats and dogs, and wildlife, there is a lack of sanctuary for farm animals, who make up 98% of the animals killed in the US each year. It is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. cottonbranch.org

Family Shelter- A shelter that provides emergency food, shelter, resources, and hope to homeless families with children in the Midlands area. Started in 1979, this agency works towards the goal of providing a secure, structured environment where families can regain a sense of stability, responding to identified client needs with a variety of supportive services. It is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. familysheltersc.org

Free Medical Clinic provides quality healthcare, at no cost, to residents of the community who cannot pay for such services and who have no health insurance. This clinic is their only option to have access to health care. The clinic is able to offer its services free of charge due to the efforts of dedicated volunteers and faithful financial support from the three area hospital systems, corporations (notably BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina), organizations (notably USC School of Medicine), the United Way of the Midlands, churches and individual donors in the Columbia a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. freemedclinic.org  

Harriet Hancock LGBT Center located in the heart of Columbia is the hub of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activity in the Midlands of South Carolina.  Our facility offers a variety of resources including a free lending library, meeting spaces for LGBT-supportive groups, and a directory of LGBT-friendly businesses, organizations, and counselors while also serving as the headquarters for the South Carolina Pride Movement. It is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. lgbtcentersc.org

Meals on Wheels is a program that delivers hot nutritious meals to elderly, frail, and home-bound individuals. Meals are delivered with a smile by a caring volunteer five days a week. Individuals receiving Meals on Wheels are primarily the elderly in our community who cannot maintain an adequate, healthy diet, either because of transportation or financial constraints.  South Carolina ranked #8 in the nation for seniors with food insecurity. It is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. mealsonwheelsamerica.org

MIRCI (Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc.) assists individuals with mental illness to recover in the areas of their lives impacted by their illness through housing, behavioral healthcare, and assistance with obtaining and managing their disability income. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. mirci.org

Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter provides a safe and nurturing environment for abused and neglected children and unaccompanied teens, offering them a broad range of services concentrating on personal healing and development. The shelter is open 24 hours each day of the year and provides medical and mental health care, crisis adjustment/transitional counseling, after-school tutoring, and recreational and social activities in addition to food, clothing, and shelter. It is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. palmettoplaceshelter.org

Planned Parenthood has promoted for nearly 100 years, a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning.  Contributions to Planned Parenthood Federation of America are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable under the law. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. plannedparenthood.org

SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center fights for low income South Carolinians to overcome social, economic, and legal injustice. Their goal is to influence policymakers to ensure the law is fair, to educate the public and their advocates about the law, and to assist attorneys in bringing systemic litigation where the law is unfair. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. scjustice.org

SCWREN (Women’s Rights Empowerment Network) is a South Carolina-based network whose mission is to build a movement to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of South Carolina’s women, girls, and their families. We advocate, educate, engage community, and build coalitions. WREN strives to create a diverse and inclusive movement that amplifies voices and advances justice for all. scwren.org


Collections for 2019

Thanks to the generous giving of UUCC members and friends we have had an excellent year for collections for Share the Plate. UUCC donates half of our cash collections each month to local outside charities or social justice organizations chosen by you. In 2019 we collected $11,566 for our Share the Plate recipients. Over the last nine years Share the Plate has given a total of $101,680 to our recipients. This also means our General Fund has benefited from this offering as stipulated by the policy. Share the Plate is definitely a win-win program and the Social Action Committee continues to thank the generosity of our community for recognizing the importance of "Sharing the Plate".

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