New Chair for Share the Plate

The Share the Plate Committee is happy to report that Nancie Shillington-Perez has volunteered to become the new chair of their committee effective January 1, 2022. She will be replacing Linda McLeod who has held this position for over five years. Thanks to both Nancie and Linda for their willingness to assure us that this program continues as a part of the UUCC community outreach. Be watching for more Share the Plate news in the October Unigram.

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 $110,000 in Share the Plate contributions to community charities over the past eight 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 2020/2021

January 2021              Minister's Discretionary Fund                                 $1,060
February 2021            SC Appleseed Legal Justice                                   $ 471
March 2021                Congaree Riverkeeper                                            $ 576
April 2021                   MIRCI                                                                      $ 496
May 2021                   Planned Parenthood                                                $ 464
June 2021                  Free Medical Clinic                                                  $ 581
July 2021                   SCWREN                                                                 $ 604
August  2021              Palmetto Place Children's Shelter                           $ 737
September 2021         Harriet Hancock Center                                          $489
October 2021            Cotton Branch Branch                                              $936
November 2021         Meals on Wheels                                                     $896

December 2020         Homeless No More                                                  $1,146.00

Share the Plate Calendar for 2022

Below are the 2022 recipients for Share the Plate and the months they will visit UUCC and tell us about their organizations. Thank you for your contributions offered in 2021to support the Share the Plate program.

 Category  Month  Organization
 Pre-determined  January  Minister’s Discretionary Fund
 Legal Aid  February  SC Appleseed Legal Justice
 Environmental Issues  March  Congaree Riverkeeper
 Mental Health Issues  April  NAMI
 Women’s Issues  May  Planned Parenthood
 Physical Health Issues  June  Good Samaritan Clinic
 Social Justice Issues  July  Justice 360
 Children’s Services  August  Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter
 LGBT Issues  September  Harriet Hancock Center
 Animal Shelters / Services  October  Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary
 Food Banks/Food Support  November  Harvest Hope
 Homeless Shelters  December  Transitions


2021 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.

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.

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.  

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.

Homeless No More (previously The Family Shelter) is a nonprofit organization that believes family homelessness is entirely solvable. Their continuum of care - from emergency services to transitional and affordable housing - keeps each family together and meets their needs at the right time with the right services. By providing the support to move each family toward a permanent, self-sufficient solution, they can eradicate family homelessness and help parents and their children achieve lasting independence.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Collections for 2020

At the close of each year, we report the total offerings donated to our Share the Plate recipients. This year, due to the Covid 19 causing our us to meet virtually our Share the Plate offerings dropped off significantly beginning in March 2020. Our 2019 total was $11,566 compared to our 2020 offering of $7,718. As you can see, our giving was nearly $4,000 less in 2020. This means that not only did our recipients receive $4,000 less but also $4,000 less went into the UUCC general fund. Remember that half of all Share the Plate offerings go to the recipient and half to UUCC. Let us all make a New Year’s resolution to return to our 2019 level of giving for this year’s 2021 Share the Plate. You can send a check once a month to the church at 2701 Heyward St. or go to our website to the donate bar and indicate “Share the Plate”. Thanks to all of you from the Social Action Committee for your continued support of this vital program.

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