Where Our 50% of the Plate Monies Go – February 2020 Update

The Faith Expression and Funding Team, part of the Council for Faith in Action (CFA), is responsible for the distribution of the 50% of the weekly plate allocated to social justice causes. Is there an organization that you are passionate about, that you feel puts your faith in action? Contact us for details on submitting a funding request.

Thanks to your generosity, UUCWC was recently able to provide funding for the following organizations and projects:

Fisherman’s Mark ($500), based in Lambertville, has been a part of the community for over 35 years, providing not only services that meet basic needs, such as food and affordable childcare, but going beyond crisis to partner with individuals and families to break the cycle of crisis and promote self-sufficiency and wellness.

Rescue Mission of Trenton ($500), serves men and women who have no place to turn for shelter, food, and clothing. The Mission provides a safe, clean, warm, refuge for the homeless, the hungry, the transient and the addicted.

HomeFront Holiday Craft Night in December: Supplies and dinner for Holiday Craft Party for HomeFront and UUCWC children

UUCWC’s Faith Action Ministry supported Garden State Equality’s “Gender Justice 101” workshop on January 10 at the Hopewell High School by providing refreshments and paper goods. Over 100 people attended the event.

New Jersey Policy Perspective ($300): NJPP’s Executive Director, Brandon McKoy, was the first speaker in UUCWC’s Racial Justice Ministry’s speaker series, addressing, “America Will Be: Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise Through Targeted and Equitable Policy.” Keep an eye out for information on future events.

Support to UUCWC’s Faith Action Ministry to purchase books and supplies ($600) for ESL classes held at St. James AME Church in Hightstown and the Assembly of God Methodist Church in Robbinsville. UUCWC members are also class teachers.

Campaign to End the New Jim Crow ($100) to support and co-sponsor the event “Transforming Criminal Justice in Our Lifetime: The New Jim Crow Ten Years Later” on Thursday, March 19, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton. Details are at here; you are encouraged to attend!

Brothers on Broadway ($250), a program of the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey celebrating Broadway’s African-American leading men, to provide scholarship tickets for Trenton youth to attend the program, as part of the BOB’s outreach program to create rich cultural experiences that celebrate diversity and educate students about the many proud successes that came before them through the arts.

Urban Promise Trenton ($1,000), an organization that believes in the power of opportunity. They provide urban youth and teens with a chance to believe in, and build, a positive future.

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen ($500) feeds the hungry in the Greater Trenton/Princeton area and offers programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons.

SURJ-NJ ($500) for the Books and Breakfast program. Each event provides nearly 170 people with a healthy meal and a relaxed atmosphere to connect with each other, to receive assistance from community organizers, and to utilize the Books and Breakfast lending library to promote literacy.

Support continues to be provided for activities such as UUCWC’s HomeFront Monday Night Tutoring Program, and for CFA’s minimal administrative expenses.

Please contact us at faithfunding@uucwc.org if you would like more information about the Faith Expression and Funding Team. Your participation would be most welcome!

Lynne Quinto/Holly Bussey, Co-Facilitators
Faith Expression and Funding Team/Council for Faith in Action