The special plate collection this Sunday, December 15, is for EightCap in Isabella County, a Community Action Agency which works for solutions to address the local conditions and causes of poverty in Isabella County. In our community, they address issues of housing and homelessness and emergencies, including heating and rental assistance. Your donation will be directed to their Walk for Warmth which provides heating assistance.
This Sunday, the special offering is for R.I.S.E. (formerly Women’s Aid Service), an agency serving domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Isabella, Gratiot, and Clare counties. If you prefer to write a check, please address it to R.I.S.E.
As most of you know, the third Sunday of every month, we take a special plate collection to support local charitable agencies, as well as the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN) and the UU Service Committee (UUSC). Last year (2018-2019) as a congregation we donated $3431.00 in total to these various agencies. We certainly are not a people of scarcity, but rather a people of generosity. Many thanks.
This Sunday a special plate collection will be taken to supplement the minister’s discretionary fund. We are often contacted by people in the community who might need gas money, money to pay an electric bill, a night in a hotel, etc., and we use the discretionary fund to provide this. While we have a line item in our budget, it does not suffice for the needs like this in the community, which is why we take a special plate collection to supplement the fund. Checks for this fund should be made out to UUFCM with “Discretionary Fund” indicated in the memo line.
The May special collection on Sunday, May 19 is for the Isabella County Child Advocacy Center. ICCAC is a non-profit agency that focuses on the safety of children by providing services to strengthen families through forensic interviews, advocacy, and prevention education. ICCAC staff provides community outreach and prevention education for families and children in an effort to eliminate child abuse and neglect. If you prefer to write a check, please address it to: ICCAC.