The January special collection on Sunday, January 17 is for the Isabella County Restoration House, the agency providing temporary shelter for their guests - the homeless population in Isabella County. This year, because of the COVID pandemic, ICRH has, in essence, been serving the homeless 24/7, with the help of a few volunteer churches. You can donate online to this fund at our website or checks can be sent to our treasurer made out to UUFCM with “ICRH” indicated in the memo line.
Want to do something good for you and the climate? Join the Sierra Club’s New Year 1.5 Challenge to commit to 1.5 miles or a 15-minute workout of your choosing each day.
When you join, you get access to Team Sierra’s Facebook community, a calendar to track and plan your activity, information on how you can be a part of the climate solution, and you'll be funding initiatives to protect our planet. Registration is a $35 donation, and creating a fundraising page is optional.
Sierra Club has set a goal to raise $15,000 to support their’s climate initiatives, creating awareness and policy to put this change into action.
Why 1.5? The UN's 2018 report stated that temperature increases must be kept under 1.5°C to avert the most devastating effects of the climate crisis. 2020 was the end of the hottest decade on record, according to the UN. We must make changes in the way we live, from where we get our energy to how we get from place to place.
We collect donations for the Infant Pantry on the first Sunday of each month. Though the Pantry is currently closed, you can make an online donation on our website. You can also make a check out to UUFCM with memo “Infant Pantry,” and send to UUFCM Treasurer, P.O. Box 41, Mt. Pleasant, MI, 48804-0041. Questions? Contact Tom Moffit (989-772-1602; email@example.com).
In previous years, your Social Justice Coordinating Team has suggested that your donations in the holiday and end-of-year giving season be given to meet local, national, and global needs with a focus on advocacy for change locally, nationally, and internationally for global justice and peace.
This year, because of the tremendous needs as a result of the pandemic, we would like to encourage you to consider giving to local organizations that work to meet those needs here. If you have driven past the long lines of cars at the Soup Kitchen or the Strickler Center, you can clearly see how great these needs are!
Here is a list of local organizations that could use our support to support our fellow Isabella County residents:
- Soup Kitchen (food) - http://isabellacommunitysoupkitchen.org/
- ICRH (homeless shelter) – https://www.icrhouse.org/wordpress/
- Food Pantry (food) - https://ccnfeeds.org/
- Care Store (health products) - https://www.thecarestore.org/
- Clothing, INC (clothing) - https://www.clothinginc.org/
- R.I.S.E. (domestic violence) - https://www.riseadvocacy.org/
- Listening Ear - https://www.listeningear.com/
- Foster Closet - https://fosterclosetofmichigan.org/isabella-county/
If you are interested in going beyond the local needs, a list from your Social Justice Coordinating Team of organizations that support justice can be found here.
This Sunday a collection will be taken to supplement the minister’s discretionary fund which is used to respond to requests from people in the community who might need gas money, money to pay an electric bill, a night in a hotel, etc. The fund is particularly low right now because of so many needs in the community. You can donate online to this fund at our website or checks can be made out to UUFCM with “Discretionary Fund” indicated in the memo line, and sent to UUFCM Treasurer, P.O. Box 41, Mt. Pleasant, MI, 48804-0041.