Sunday Collection Plate Giving

At UUCC, our mission includes Justice in Action. We strive to actively live the principles and values of Unitarian Universalism. In that spirit, UUCC donates money through our Sunday Collection Plate program to groups in our community or congregation that are doing work we support. Each Sunday’s collection plate partner receives 80% of the amount collected. The remainder covers the fees associated with electronic transactions and supports general UUCC operations.

Money can be given as cash or check, or by CashApp handle $UUCC44122, and PayPal . Direct your payments to UUCC Sunday Plate. Please include the date and or recipient if possible. Mail check to 21600 Shaker Blvd. Shaker Heights, OH 44122
Donors to the collection plate do have the option of giving their money to the congregation general fund instead the weekly recipient.

If you didn’t attend a past service, or were not prepared to give at that time, you can still give. Donations are generally given to the recipient two to three weeks after the Sunday service. Monetary donations received after that date will be given to the current recipient.

If you know of groups that you would like UUCC to support, please fill out this form our Minister Randy Partain and the Worship Team will consider your suggestion.

April 7, 2024: Ohio End of Life Options
Our Mission: To raise awareness and provide fact-based education about Medical Aid In Dying laws for the terminally ill in Ohio in order to achieve the enactment of such a law.
Our Vision: All Ohioans will have the knowledge and power to decide and to direct their own end-of-life care when terminally ill. The values, beliefs, and preferences that each person brings to these decisions will be protected by laws and rooted in compassion.
https://ohiooptions.org/

March 31, 2024: Migration & Refugee Services, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland
We welcome refugees, asylees, and immigrants from around the world who have been forced to flee their homes in fear of persecution. We “welcome the stranger” by providing services that help individuals adapt and thrive to life in America
https://www.ccdocle.org/service-areas/migration-refugee-services

March 24, 2024: UUCC Orchard Perennials
UUCC Ministry for Earth and the Impact After School program are planting more perennials in the UUCC orchard to help nourish the soil and the insect pollinators.
UUCC Apple Orchard and Impact Program

March 17, 2024: LGBT Community Center Greater Cleveland
The Center is the heart of the region’s LGBTQ+ community and is a one-stop hub that provides a safe space, programs & services, advocacy, and social events. We work to provide supportive programs, educational opportunities, and health services that advance the overall wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people of all ages.https://lgbtcleveland.org/programs/

March 10, 2024: Urban Hope
Urban Hope is an Ohio City storefront soup kitchen that area Unitarian churches support. It provides a place for needy neighbors to gather inside for a few hours to eat a meal, talk, play cards and take a shower.
https://uucleveland.org/urban-hope/

March 3, 2024: IMPACT
The IMPACT Youth Enrichment Program is an afterschool prevention program for Shaker Heights Middle School 7th and 8th graders in collaboration with UUCC and the Shaker Heights Youth Center. The program promotes leadership, service, wellness and academics.
https://uucleveland.org/impact-youth-enrichment-program/

February 25, 2025: Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM)
DRUUMM is a Unitarian Universalist People of Color Ministry and anti-racist collective bringing lay and religious professionals together to overcome racism through resistance and transform Unitarian Universalism through our multicultural experiences. We developed from several older ministries, namely the African American UU Ministries and Jubilee World anti-racism change trainings.
https://www.druumm.org/

February 18, 2024: Re:Source Cleveland (Refugee Response)
Re:Source Cleveland empowers resettled families to grow roots, supporting them in becoming engaged, self-sufficient and contributing members of their new communities.
https://www.resourcecleveland.org/

February 11, 2024: Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition
NEOBHC’s mission is to create equity in the African American community addressing the cumulative impact of racial, economic, environmental and social justice inequities in education, employment, housing and health by working to educate, advocate for and empower the community.

February 4, 2024: Great Cleveland Food Bank
We work to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day.
https://www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org/

January 28, 2024: Rainey Institute
Since its beginnings in 1904, Rainey Institute has served countless Greater Cleveland youth. Today, over 2,500 children participate in engaging arts education programming each year. Children of all ages discover and develop their talents after school, on weekends, and over the summer.
https://raineyinstitute.org

January 21, 2024: Lake Erie Native American Council LENAC
The Lake Erie Native American Council preserves and promotes Native American culture among the youth of many different Indigenous Nations in Northeast Ohio. LENAC faced a difficult decision in December, when funding  intended to provide gifts for the children in their programs fell through. They  secured holiday gifts for just over 300 young people that otherwise might not have received much, and we are now among a few community partners seeking to reimburse the cost of those gifts. We wish we had been able to provide some resources in advance, but we didn’t learn about this need – LENAC didn’t even learn about this need – until the holidays were already upon us. We hope that our generosity today might ignite meaningful partnership in the future.
https://www.facebook.com/LENACohio/

January 14, 2024: African American Cultural Garden
We want to build on a legacy defined years ago by finishing the African American Cultural Garden…The Association of African American Cultural Gardens provides unique educational experiences in a beautiful, inclusive atmosphere where individuals of all ages and backgrounds can interact in a space relevant to African American history.
https://www.aaacg.org/about

January 7, 2024: Near West Theatre
Near West Theatre builds loving relationships and engages diverse people in strengthening their sense of identity, passion, and purpose, individually and in community, through accessible, affordable and transformational theatre arts experiences.   The Near West Theatre Collection Plate will go to support the Drag Story Hour program.
https://www.nearwesttheatre.org/programs/drag-queen-story-hour

December 31, 2023: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is a non-profit, nonsectarian associate member organization of the Unitarian Universalist Association that works to provide disaster relief and promote human rights and social justice around the world.
UUSC.org

December 24, 2023: Ministerial Discretionary Fund
This fund allows our minister to provide confidential support to members of the congregation or community who have urgent need for temporary assistance.

December 17th, 2023: Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH)
Since 1988, NEOCH has sought to break the cycle of homelessness in Northeast Ohio. We exist to eliminate the root causes of homelessness while loving our diverse community through organizing, advocacy, education, and street outreach.
NEOCH.org

December 10, 2023: Cleveland Classical Guitar Society Education Program
Cleveland Classical Guitar Society believes that all youth have the right to high quality arts instruction. The Education Program is designed to fight inequities and reduce barriers to instruction for kids in the City of Cleveland. CCGS provides exceptional teachers, curricula, guitars, and more at no cost to the students; while the students bring creativity, ambition, imagination, dedication and passion.
https://cleguitar.org/education/

December 3, 2023: RIP Medical Dept / GCC Color of Health Campaign
GCC’s Color of Health campaign will focus on retiring medical debt for the disadvantaged citizens in Cuyahoga County. On average, $1 is leveraged to abolish $100 in medical debt, and every donation through this page will be spent directly on abolishing medical debt in Cuyahoga County. Join us in bringing hope and restoration to those who are financially suffering and are crippled by medical bills and debt. 
https://ripmedicaldebt.org/campaign/gcc-color-of-health-campaign/?

November 26th: Thirsty for Knowledge
Capture the water, release student potential: Please help fund a Rainwater Harvesting facility for a K-12 Unitarian School in remote Northeast India.
https://www.faithify.org/campaign/279/water-for-Unitarian-school

November 19, 2023: Harry’s Kitchen Crew
This is a small dedicated group of UUCC folks who help cook food for congregational gatherings. Your donation will help provide for the cost of their supplies.

November 12th: Hunger Network
Our goal is to rescue perfectly viable food that is destined for our waste stream and get it into the hands of those who are hungry in our community. Together, we can reduce food waste and fight hunger! 
https://hungernetwork.org/get-to-know-us/

November 5th: League of Women Voters Ohio
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
https://www.lwvohio.org/about

October 29th: Renovare
Our Mission: Sharing music at the highest level of artistry in diverse settings and innovative programs to love our neighbor, affirm the value of all people, and cultivate reconciled communities.
https://www.renovaremusic.org/about

October 22nd: Signal Cleveland
Launched in 2022, Signal Cleveland is a nonprofit newsroom that fuses community building with local news reporting. We produce authoritative, trustworthy daily journalism across a range of topics. We’re also home to Cleveland Documenters, a group of 600 Cleveland residents who represent almost every ZIP code in Greater Cleveland and are trained and paid to cover public meetings.
https://signalcleveland.org/about/

October 15th: LGBT Community Center Greater Cleveland
The Center is the heart of the region’s LGBTQ+ community and is a one-stop hub that provides a safe space, programs & services, advocacy, and social events. We work to provide supportive programs, educational opportunities, and health services that advance the overall wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people of all ages. https://lgbtcleveland.org/programs/

October 8th: The Marshall Project
The Marshall Project – Cleveland aims to expose abuses in Cuyahoga County’s criminal justice system, through investigative, data and community engagement journalism. https://www.themarshallproject.org/cleveland

October 1st: Stop Cop City Solidarity
Stop Cop City Solidarity is a movement of organizers from across the country and across the world answering the call to stand in solidarity with the Defenders of the Weelaunee Forest in Atlanta who are working to defend the forest and Stop Cop City.
https://stopcopcitysolidarity.org

September 24th: HOLA Ohio
HOLA Ohio is an award-winning, 501c3 charitable nonprofit organization based in Painesville, Ohio, providing programs and services to Hispanic workers, families and children. HOLA was founded in 1999 to serve the growing Hispanic community in Lake and Ashtabula counties, and has since expanded its reach to most of northern Ohio and beyond.
https://www.holaohio.org/about-us/

September 17th: Birthing Beautiful Communities
Birthing Beautiful Communities was established to address and improve the systemic and community structures that lead to poor birth outcomes through Culture, Education, Advocacy, Support and Engagement (CEASE). BBC holistically supports pregnant women to deliver full-term, healthy babies, and in achieving equitable birth outcomes.
https://www.birthingbeautiful.org

September 10th: Franklin D. Roosevelt Academy
Franklin D. Roosevelt Academy is committed to partnering with families and the community to empower all students to reach their full potential in a safe, supportive, and rigorous environment that emphasizes academic achievement through inquiry-based learning, social responsibility, and emotional resilience.
We focus on developing P.R.I.D.E. in our staff and students – Personal Responsibility In Delivering Excellence!
https://www.clevelandmetroschools.org/Page/929

September 3rd: Willow’s Edge Creations
Willow’s Edge Creations is a new theatre company started by long time friends and new creative partners Mary Miller and Denise Astorino. Willow’s Edge strives to produce theatre with an edge.

August 27th:  Adoption Network Cleveland
Adoption Network Cleveland: The Ohio Family Connection is an innovative non-profit organization that fulfills otherwise unmet needs for information, advocacy, education, and support for members of the adoption triad (adoptees, birthparents, and adoptive/kinship/foster parents), youth in foster care, siblings, and related professionals.
https://www.adoptionnetwork.org/

August 20th: Neighborhood Pets
Recognizing the many benefits of the human animal bond, Neighborhood Pets supports people with financial needs by helping them keep their pets in their homes. We do this by providing access to affordable pet care, resources, information and other supportive services. Our welcoming environment is designed to foster trust and create long lasting relationships as we build community.
https://www.neighborhoodpetscle.org/

August 13: Refugee Response
To make Cleveland home the Refugee Response empowers resettled families to grow roots, supporting them in becoming engaged, self-sufficient and contributing members of their new communities.
https://www.refugeeresponse.org/

August 6, 2023: Cleveland Peace Action
Cleveland Peace Action is a convergence of people committed to ending violence and promoting justice, through education, advocacy and action.
https://www.peaceactioncleveland.org/

July 30, 2023: Project Linus
Project Linus provides handmade blankets to children 0-18 in the United States who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. With chapters in every state, our blankets are distributed locally. 
https://www.projectlinus.org/

July 23, 2023: Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) 988
Suicide has no boundaries. It knows no age. It discriminates against no one. No race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation is exempt. OSPF supports suicide prevention and mental health advocacy efforts. Our work involves connecting all Ohioans with community-based resources that can make a life-saving difference.
https://www.ohiospf.org/donate/

July 16, 2023: Rid-All
We have turned an empty and forgotten piece of land in Cleveland’s Kinsman Neighborhood into an urban farm where we grow produce to bring healthy, local food to area institutions…
https://ridall.org/

July 9, 2023: Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH)
NEOCH exists to eliminate the root causes of homelessness while loving our diverse community through organizing, advocacy, education, and street outreach.
https://www.neoch.org/

July 2, 2023: The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee advances human rights through grassroots collaborations. UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies. Our work is grounded in the belief that all people have inherent power and dignity.
https://www.uusc.org/

June 25, 2023: No service at UUCC
Service was held in Pittsburgh at General Assembly

June 18, 2023: DRUUMM (Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries)
DRUUMM is a Unitarian Universalist People of Color Ministry and anti-racist collective bringing lay and religious professionals together to overcome racism through resistance and transform Unitarian Universalism through our multicultural experiences. We developed from several older ministries, namely the African American UU Ministries and Jubilee World anti-racism change trainings.
https://www.druumm.org/

June 11, 2023: Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s mission is to support survivors of rape and sexual abuse, promote healing and prevention, and advocate for social change. Our vision is the elimination of sexual violence.
https://clevelandrapecrisis.org

June 4, 2023: Sierra Club Ohio
Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. We are the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. The Ohio Chapter was established in 1968 and represents more than 125,000 members and supporters.
https://www.sierraclub.org/ohio

May 28, 2023: Franklin D Roosevelt Academy (FDR)
Franklin D. Roosevelt PK – 8 Academy is committed to partnering with families and the community to empower all students to reach their full potential in a safe, supportive, and rigorous environment that emphasizes academic achievement through inquiry-based learning, social responsibility, and emotional resilience. We focus on developing P.R.I.D.E. in our staff and students – Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence!
https://www.clevelandmetroschools.org/FDR

May 21, 2023: RFK Camp #271
Royal Family KIDS Camp (For the Children) is an opportunity to foster resiliency, self-esteem, hope, and positive memories with children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or abandonment.  We serve children from Lake, Cuyahoga, and Geauga counties. Our camp is sponsored and staffed by people from local churches.
https://www.rfkwilloughbyhills.org/

May 14, 2023: Impact
The IMPACT Youth Enrichment Program is an afterschool prevention program for Shaker Heights Middle School 7th and 8th graders in collaboration with UUCC and the Shaker Heights Youth Center. The program promotes leadership, service, wellness and academics.
https://uucleveland.org/impact-youth-enrichment-program/

May 7, 2023: Planned Parenthood Greater Ohio
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio provides essential reproductive health care services to generations of Ohioans in our communities. Our caring and knowledgeable staff provide a wide range of services; including testings, treatment, counseling, and referrals.
We believe everyone deserves access to empowered sexual and reproductive health care and education, free from the interference of politicians. The constant political attacks on abortion and what they mean for accessing care can be confusing, but abortion is still legal in Ohio. Our doors are open. We are providing medication and in-clinic abortion care for patients. 
https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-ohio

April 30, 2023: Plants for UUCC Perennial Garden
New plants are need to fill in the bare spots in the permaculture garden which you see when you enter the church and the apple orchard behind the community garden. Volunteers keep these areas looking beautiful.
https://uucleveland.org/the-permaculture-garden/
https://uucleveland.org/apple-orchard/

April 23, 2023: FaCT (Faith Communities Together for a sustainable Future)
Empowered communities protecting our air, water, and soil, and the health and safety of Ohio families as well as working to mitigate climate change.
Educate, Inspire, Advocate, and Organize for a just transition to renewable energy sources and sustainable practices and policies that address the problem of climate change.
We are individuals from Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, and other faith communities in Ohio, West Virginia, and some locations in Pennsylvania.  We are working together to protect the natural evolved systems of this earth which sustain us all. We draw on the ethical principles of our various moral traditions to preserve and protect the earth’s interconnected web of life. Faith communities represent strong and caring individuals with the power to effect change.
https://www.factohio.org/

April 16, 2023: Faith Choice Ohio
We elevate the moral power of faith communities to expand abortion access and to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice. Through education, advocacy, and counseling, we are committed to empowering advocates for abortion justice & reproductive Freedom.
https://www.faithchoiceohio.org/

April 9, 2023: My Recovery Day
Our mission is to develop and provide follow up support resources to individuals recovering from addictions giving them the help and hope they need for sustainable recovery. Our vision for every individual in addiction recovery is to stay in recovery allowing God to work through their lives providing them with purpose and passion. 
https://myrecoveryday.com/

April 2, 2023: Rainey Institute
We’re a non-profit community arts center dedicated to engaging Cleveland’s youth through dance, drama, music, and visual arts.  From our board members to our teaching assistants, everyone at Rainey Institute has one goal: to provide a safe and encouraging environment where students gain the life skills necessary to pursue their dreams and achieve success wherever life takes them.
https://www.raineyinstitute.org/who-we-are-2/

March 26, 2023: Upcycle Parts Shop
Upcycle Parts Shop demonstrates environmental sustainability through creative reuse of secondhand materials. Our mission is to Provoke Creativity and Promote Community Through Reuse, Resourcefulness, and Relationships.
https://www.upcyclepartsshop.org/

March 19, 2023: LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
To enrich the lives of the diverse LGBTQ+ community through advocacy, support, education, and celebration.
https://lgbtcleveland.org/

March 12, 2023: UUCC Racial Justice Leadership Team
The Racial Justice Leadership Team (RJLT) aims to lead the congregation in developing and living out an intentionally anti-racist identity in all aspects of church life, in line with the aspirations of the UUCC Strategic Plan and the adoption of the 8th Principle:
https://uucleveland.org/racial-justice-leadership-team/

March 2, 2023: Greater Cleveland Congregations.
Greater Cleveland Congregations unites people across lines of race, class, religion, and geography to take actions that strengthen and improve the quality of life of our neighborhoods. As a non-partisan organization of faith communities and partner.  We are members of over 30 dues-paying congregations and organizations from across Cuyahoga County. We are Christian, Jewish, Muslim and secular. We connect individuals and organizations to multiply our power and mobilize our members by the thousands to make our voices heard to build a better community for all of our residents.
https://www.greaterclevelandcongregations.org/

February 23, 2023: Meals on Wheels.
Meals on Wheels Shaker (MOW) is an independent community service agency whose dedicated volunteers deliver affordable, nutritious meals of superior quality to residents of Shaker Heights, Beachwood and University Heights.  This service assists our subscribers in maintaining their health and well-being. We are the key to independent living.
https://www.mealsonwheelsshaker.org/

February 19, 2023: Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Our mission is to provide the people of our region with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration.
We envision thriving, prosperous communities nourished by vibrant natural lands, working farms and healthy cities.
https://www.wrlandconservancy.org/

February 12, 2023: Turkey/Syria Earthquake Relief 2 groups
White Helmet: Help them provide urgent support to Syria’s earthquake survivors. 3000 White Helmets volunteers are on the ground recovering the bodies of the dead so their families can bury them with dignity. Teams are surveying the safety of homes and public buildings, securing sites, removing rubble and reopening roads.
UU Service Committee Global Fund for Human Right

February 5, 2023: NE Ohio Black Health Coalition
The Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition is a social justice organization created to address the impact of racism on African American disparities including policy inequities, historical trauma, food insecurity, research, behavioral health and addiction, health promotion by working to empower, educate and advocate for health equity in under-served communities.
https://www.neoblackhealthcoalition.org/

January 29, 2023: Rid-All Green Partnership
Rid-All Green Partnership – Urban agriculture and youth education Growing Food, Creating Jobs, and Building Healthy, Green Neighborhoods
https://ridall.org/

January 22, 2023: Hunger Network
Hunger Network has been working to end hunger and build a
healthier community for over 25 years. As one of Cuyahoga County’s largest
emergency food provider, Hunger Network continues to lead the way through innovation and with nontraditional approaches to serving our neighbors in need.
https://hungernetwork.org/

January 12, 2023: Northeast Ohio Voting Advocates (NOVA)
NOVA is a grassroots organization that believes in expanding voter participation so that all voices are heard in our democracy. Our 501(c)3, non-partisan status allows us access to social service agencies, schools, food pantries and correctional facilities to register voters, conduct voter research, and advocate for voting equity.
https://nova-ohio.org/about-us/

January 8, 2023: Hitchcock Center For Women
mission is to support women and families with substance use issues. Compared to placing a child in the foster care system, we provide our treatment at a fraction of the cost to the community. HCFW provides a stable and supportive environment for mothers and their children to live on our historic campus. We also provide treatment while children are living with a relative, so that a mother receives the support she needs.
https://www.hcfw.org/https://www.hcfw.org/

January 1, 2023: Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO)
Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) is a 501(c)3 organization that serves the 38 UU congregations and fellowships across Ohio. Our mission is to offer education, advocacy and action consistent with Unitarian Universalist liberal religious principles and to witness with and on behalf of marginalized groups and individuals.
There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives. ” — Audre Lorde
https://uujo.org/

December 24, 2022: Minister’s Discretionary Fund.
Funds to be used by the minister for special needs
https://uucleveland.org/rev-randy-partain/:

December 18, 2022: CityMusic Cleveland’s Children’s Outreach Program
CityMusic teaching artists provide free, high-quality music education experiences to K-4 students in underserved Cleveland schools and communities. These interactive programs tell diverse cultural stories through music, theater, and dance, broadening the lenses through which students experience music and the arts. Each program features professional musicians, dynamic storytelling, and comprehensive curriculum materials for classroom teachers.
CityMusic Cleveland’s Children’s Outreach Program

December 11, 2022: 9 to 5
Women Working for Equal Pay, Power and Participation!
https://9to5.org/

December 4, 2022: Greater Cleveland Food Bank
We work to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day.
https://www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org/

November 27, 2022 UUCC Forum Committee
During Forums That Matter, leading experts and leaders present current, thought-provoking forums on a wide variety of issues that affect us as individuals, the communities in which we live and the world beyond. We have been offering 16 to 20 Forums per year. We do not pay speakers, our funds are used to for needed equipment and advertising.
https://uucleveland.org/community-forums/

November 20, 2022: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates.
https://www.uusc.org/about-uusc/

November 13, 2022: TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors)
TAPS is the national nonprofit organization providing compassionate care and comprehensive resources for all those grieving the death of a military or veteran loved one. 
https://www.taps.org/mission

November 6, 2022: Harry’s Kitchen Crew
The members of Harry’s Kitchen Crew like to have fun in the Kitchen  while bringing  the congregational community together to share their delicious monthly Breakfast-Lunch meal. This donation will help subsidize these community meals.

October 30, 2022: Journey Center for Safety and Healing
Journey Center for Safety and Healing (formerly Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center) provides information and services for domestic violence, child abuse and more.
https://www.journeyneo.org/

October 23, 2022: LBGT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
To enrich the lives of the diverse LGBTQ+ community through advocacy, support, education, and celebration. The LGBTQ+ community is embraced and celebrated as an integral part of the thriving Northeast Ohio region.
https://lgbtcleveland.org/

October 16, 2022: Urban Hope
Urban Hope is an Ohio City storefront soup kitchen that area Unitarian churches support. It provides a place for needy neighbors to gather inside for a few hours to eat a meal, talk, play cards and take a shower.
https://uucleveland.org/urban-hope/

October 9, 2022: Unity in Community
The “Unity in Community” Campaign is an initiative of Shaker Heights interfaith congregations, neighborhood groups, and local residents of the city to respond to emergency hunger and food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 crisis.  October 2022 will be our 31st month of operations.  In consultation with our partners, our leadership team has determined that the Unity in Community Pantry has fulfilled its mission of providing emergency provisions to the hungry during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Most importantly our data shows that while food insecurity still exists, it is not at emergency levels seen during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Therefore, October 2022 will be our final month of food distributions.  They are in the process of changing their focus. These funds will help in their transition.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/unityfoodpantry

October 2, 2022: Kids’ Book Bank
The mission of the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank is to foster literacy and a love of reading by distributing free books to children in need through collaboration with community partners.
The Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank is working to ensure all kids in Greater Cleveland have books to build their own home libraries. A book in the hands of a child is a magical thing! Reading fuels imaginations, teaches empathy, supports academic achievement, and helps parents build bonds with their kids.
https://www.kidsbookbank.org/

September 25, 2022: Southern Poverty Law Center
The SPLC is a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people: Fighting Hate, Learning for Justice, Seeking Justice, and Civil Rights Memorial Center
https://www.splcenter.org/

September 18, 2022: Oxford Community Garden
Oxford Community Garden is located behind Oxford Grade School in Cleveland Heights. First a School Garden in the 1930’s, it is now a Community Garden with diverse membership. For years they have been getting their water from the school. Now, that water connection needs to be updated. For many years UUCC has helped with this garden as members, monetary donation and as volunteers to help with various projects including the sun shelter and permaculture beds. They do not have a website but below is a lovely description of the garden and the Garden Manager.
http://heightsobserver.org/read/2015/06/29/longtime-resident-leads-community-garden-with-wisdom-and-love

September 11, 2022: Drink Local Drink Tap
Drink Local. Drink Tap. Inc. is an international non-profit organization focused on solving water equity and quality issues. We do this through education, advocacy and creating affordable, safe clean water sources and sanitation facilities.
https://drinklocaldrinktap.org/

September 4, 2022: : Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities
Hattie Larlham is a not-for-profit disability service organization providing care and support to children and adults throughout Ohio. 
https://www.hattielarlham.org/

August 28, 2022: SYATT (See You At The Top)
Syatt, founded in 2009, grew from a desire to expose youth to challenging skilled sports.  Inspired by our former First Lady Michelle Obama, we were compelled to build a program that unveiled opportunities & activities for youth and adults. We are African-American, Latinx, POC-inclusive communities changing the narrative! Your support and contributions will enable us to continue to provide quality programming to black & brown youth and adults. Thanks in advance! 
https://syattcle.org/support-syatt

August 21, 2022: Heights Community Congress
Heights Community Congress (HCC) is a non-profit 501c3 organization concerned with positively building our community, advocating for social justice issues, and constantly monitoring equality in the housing market.  Throughout our history HCC has advanced these goals by conducting fair housing audits, educating the public about their rights related to housing, presenting diversity programming to stimulate discussion within the community, and hosting the annual Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour™.
https://heightscongress.org/index.html

August 14, 2022: Noble Neighbors
Networking together to make the neighborhoods along Noble Road in Cleveland Heights, Ohio friendly, safe, and attractive for everyone! If you want to help us thrive, we invite you to Join us.
https://www.nobleneighbors.com/

August 7, 2022: Cleveland Animal Protective League
We are compassion in action. We believe every animal and person has value and worth and should be treated with respect, empathy, and kindness to support the human-animal bond.
 Cleveland Animal Protective League

July 31, 2022: Unitarian Congregation of Burundi
The Unitarian group in Bujumbura was founded in 1996 by Fulgence Ndagijmana.  The have gathered a congregation and have built a church.  They are working closely with emerging groups in the French speaking countries of Africa.
https://uupcc.org/partnerships/country/burundi

July 24, 2022: Faith Choice Ohio Jubilee Fund
Ohio’s first faith-based abortion fund, The Jubilee Fund provides practical support for abortion seekers – including support for transportation, lodging, childcare, and spiritual counseling. 
We do not provide financial assistance for abortion procedures or directly schedule clinic appointments but focus on helping Ohioans navigate other expenses and barriers associated with abortion care.
(https://www.faithchoiceohio.org/jubileefund

July 17, 2022: Greater Cleveland Congregation
Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) is a non-partisan organization of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working together to build power for social justice.
As a catalyst for systemic change, GCC challenges Greater Clevelanders to imagine the change we can accomplish, connect individuals and organizations to multiply our power, and mobilize our members by the thousands to make our voices heard and build a greater Cleveland for all of its residents.
GCC unites people across lines of race, class, religion, and geography to promote public, private and civic sector actions which strengthen and improve the quality of life of our neighborhoods.
https://www.greaterclevelandcongregations.org/

July 10, 2022: UU Justice Ohio
Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) is a 501C3 organization that serves the 38 UU congregations and fellowships across Ohio. Our mission is to offer education, advocacy and action consistent with Unitarian Universalist liberal religious principles and to witness with and on behalf of marginalized groups and individuals.
https://uujo.org/

July 3, 2022: Larchmere PorchFest
 PorchFest is a family-friendly event open to the community featuring musicians from a wide variety of genres. There’s something for everyone, including activities for kids. PorchFest is run by volunteers. Our goal is to feature a broad range of musical genres and artists at a local level. 
http://larchmereporchfest.org/

June 19, 2022: DRUUMM (Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries)
DRUUMM is a Unitarian Universalist People of Color Ministry and anti-racist collective bringing lay and religious professionals together to overcome racism through resistance and transform Unitarian Universalism through our multicultural experiences. We developed from several older ministries, namely the African American UU Ministries and Jubilee World anti-racism change trainings. DRUUMM continues to lead efforts to fulfill the Journey Towards Wholeness Resolution towards becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural UUA, creating space for youth, young adult and our families of color to heal and work collectively, and steward an effective organization that develops new leadership and manages consistent communication with members.
https://www.uua.org/offices/organizations/druumm:

June 12, 2022: Solidarity Collective’s Witness for Peace
Witness for Peace first opened an office in Colombia in 2000, in order to document the human, social, and environmental consequences of US-sponsored Plan Colombia. Today the Witness for Peace Colombia team continues to monitor the human rights situation in country, especially considering the changing context due to a new peace accord between the Colombian government and the largest insurgent guerrilla force, the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC).
https://www.solidaritycollective.org/colombia

June 5, 2022: Adoption Network Of Cleveland
Adoption Network Cleveland: The Ohio Family Connection is an innovative non-profit organization that fulfills otherwise unmet needs for information, advocacy, education, and support for members of the adoption triad (adoptees, birthparents, and adoptive/kinship/foster parents), youth in foster care, siblings, and related professionals.
Adoption Network of Cleveland https://www.adoptionnetwork.org/

May 29, 2022: Clevelanders for Public Transportation
Riders that believe in safe, accessible, affordable, reliable and sustainable public transit for Clevelanders.Transit in Cleveland is in crisis. We need riders to get informed and unite for change.
https://clefortransit.org/

May 15, 2022: Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center supports survivors of rape and sexual abuse, promotes healing and prevention, and advocates for social change. Each year, more than 64,000 people, one-third of them youth, find support by participating in the Center’s counseling, advocacy and education programs in Cuyahoga County, Ashtabula County, Geauga County and Lake County.
https://clevelandrapecrisis.org/

May 8, 2022: Cleveland Refugee Response
The Refugee Response empowers resettled families to grow roots, supporting them in becoming engaged, self-sufficient and contributing members of their new communities.
 https://www.refugeeresponse.org/

 May 1, 2022: May 4 Visitor’s Center Kent State University
Three galleries as a memorial to the May 4th 1970, and the events surrounding that event including civil rights, anti-war protests and a 15 min. video about the legal aftermath of the shooting at Kent State.
https://www.kent.edu/may4visitorscenter 

April 24, 2022:
Team Trees
Working with the group Trees on the Land, we are helping to establish tree cover and woodlands in both rural and urban areas of the Republic of Ireland. TeamTrees.org
Team Seas
Team Seas works with Ocean Conservancy and its partners to collect millions of pounds of plastic and rubbish from beaches all around the world with the help of volunteers. Professional crews are also dispatched to clean up some of the world’s most iconic and fragile seascapes. https://teamseas.org/

April 17, 2022: Perennials for Apple Orchard
The perennials in the apple orchard will suppress unwanted weeds, provide food for pollinators, and help create a healthy soil with the help of the Impact Students.
https://uucleveland.org/apple-orchard/ 

April 10, 2022: UUSC Support for Ukrainian Refugees
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee UUSC Emergency Relief Fund for Ukraine Response and the International Women’s Convocation’s
https://www.uua.org/international/blog/support-ukrainian-refugees

April 3, 2022: Hunger Network: Food Rescue Program
Our goal is to rescue perfectly viable food that is destined for our waste stream and get it into the hands of those who are hungry in our community. Together, we can reduce food waste and fight hunger! 
https://hungernetwork.org/food-rescue/

March 27,2022: Community of Hope Cleveland
Building a bridge between the foster system and a thriving adulthood. Our mission is to build lasting relationships, nurture hope, and restore dignity by creating family-like relationships for Ohio’s youth.
https://www.hopecle.org/

March 13, 2022: International Women’s Convocation–for Ukrainian Refugees
They have set up a special campaign to support families fleeing war in Ukraine.  Your donation will help provide women and families immediate aid, such as transportation from the Ukrainian border into Romania, emergency shelter, food, water, hygiene kits, infant supplies, clothing, pet care, and psychological support.

 February 20: Cleveland African American Museum
Ohio was founded in 1953 by Icabod Flewellen. The Museum is housed in a 100-year-old Carnegie Library building. The Museum works to educate young people about the positive contributions of blacks to the cultures of the world, and to eliminate the distorted portrayals and images of black people.
Cleveland African American Museum

February 13, 2022: Rust Belt Riders
This worker owed coop offers clean, simple, and affordable composting services for residents and organizations. UUCC hosts a drop off location that you can join for a fee. They also offer pick up at residential homes and at businesses keeping compostable organic material out of our landfills. Their sister-company Tilth creates living soil blends from the organics collected through Rust Belt Riders services.
https://www.rustbeltriders.com/

February 6, 2022: Greater Cleveland Food Bank
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank works to ensure everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day. 
https://www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org/#

January 23,2022:  Milestones Autism Resources
Milestones provides autism strategies for life, offering guidance to get you through the day and help you plan for the future. We understand the challenges and needs of the autism community because we live it every day. We improve lives through education and evidence-based strategies for school, home, community and at work. https://www.milestones.org/

January 16, 2022: Ohio Innocence Project at Cincinnati Law
Ohio Innocence Project at Cincinnati Law, where our goal is simple: we want to free every innocent person in Ohio who has been convicted of a crime they didn’t commit.
https://law.uc.edu/real-world-learning/centers/ohio-innocence-project-at-cincinnati-law.html 

January 9, 2022: Family Connections of Northeast Ohio
Family Connections of Northeast Ohio has been helping families grow stronger together for over 35 years by providing parenting support and educational opportunities for families with children from birth through age 6. We offer year-round, free programs and services for families and children to learn and play together.
https://familyconnections1.org/

January 2, 2022: Journey Center for Safety and Healing
A gift to Journey Center changes lives for victims of child abuse and domestic violence. Through crisis interventions like their 24-Hour Helpline and Emergency Shelter, they help adults and children in danger find a safe haven and provide ongoing assistance and resources. Journey’s programs help break the cycle of abuse and transform generations.
https://www.journeyneo.org/home

December 26, 2021: UUA Disaster Relief Fund
UUA Disaster Relief Fund is part of a covenant—a covenant between the UUA and congregations, between congregations who give generously and those in need, and with our community partners. Through aiding our congregations, their members and their community partners, we are able to embody our faith and values.
https://www.uua.org/giving/areas-support/funds/disaster-response

December 24, 2021 Christmas Eve: UUCC Minister’s Discretionary Fund
This fund is used by UUCC Minister to help people or organizations inside or outside the congregations in need, in a private, confidential way.

December 19, 2021: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rutana, Burundi
This Congregation is trying to rebuild after years of persecution.

December 12, 2021: Change the Tune Cleveland
In partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland and established in memory of Lee Sherck, the mission of Change the Tune Cleveland is to promote and support musicians from marginalized communities by providing paid performance opportunities at UUCC and elsewhere in the Greater Cleveland area
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December 5,2021: The Bail Project
The Bail Project – Cleveland serves people incarcerated at the Cuyahoga County Jail in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and the Cleveland Municipal Court systems by providing bail assistance. Because bail is returned at the end of a case, donations to The Bail Project National Revolving Bail Fund can be recycled and reused to pay bail two to three times per year, maximizing the impact of every dollar. 100% of online donations are used to bring people home. The Bail Project Cleveland also works in coalition with other groups to eliminate cash bail.
https://bailproject.org/

November 28, 2021: Unity in Community
The “Unity in Community” Campaign is an initiative of Shaker Heights interfaith congregations, neighborhood groups, and local residents of the city to respond to emergency hunger and food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 crisis.  Join us to volunteer, while maintaining wellness, safety and social distancing protocols, to assist our neighbors in need.  Sign up to Volunteer . For more information see Face Book: “Unity in Community Food Pantry”

November 21, 2021: Seeds of Literacy
Seeds of Literacy is a non-profit organization that provides FREE basic education and GED® and HiSET® preparation
to adults in the Cleveland area. Students, volunteers, and donors all work to break a root cause of poverty: illiteracy.
https://www.seedsofliteracy.org/

November 14 ,2021: Policy Matters Ohio
We are a non-profit policy research institute. We create a more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio through research, strategic communications, coalition building and policy advocacy. We create an economy that works…for everyone.
https://www.policymattersohio.org/who-we-are/overview

November 7, 2021: LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF CLEVELAND. 
1223 West 6th Street. Cleveland, OH 44113.
#888-817-3777.
Legal Aid’s mission is to secure justice and resolve fundamental problems for those who have low incomes and are vulnerable by providing high-quality legal services and working for systemic solutions.We carry out our mission every day by providing legal services at no cost to clients with low incomes, helping ensure fairness for all in the justice system—regardless of how much money a person has.
https://lasclev.org/about-us/


October 31, 2021: HOLA! OHIO. 
Offers support and advocacy for Hispanic workers and their families located in Ashtabula, Ohio. HOLA is currently developing a Commercial Kitchen Incubator and Hispanic Center in Painesville to boost education, workforce development and entrepreneurship and improve quality of life for all in Northeast Ohio.
http://holatoday.org/

October 24, 2021: EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute
is a 501(c)(3) organization. They give formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the culinary and hospitality industry while providing a support network necessary for their long-term success. Their mission is three-fold: to teach a skilled and in-demand trade in the culinary arts, empower willing minds through passion for hospitality management, and prepare students for a successful transition home. https://edwinsrestaurant.org/about-us/
you can also support them directly by eating in their restaurant and buying food from their butchershop and Bakery

October 17, 2021: Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO)
 UUJO is the social action arm in Ohio. Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) is a 501C3 organization that serves the 38 UU congregations and fellowships across Ohio. Our mission is to offer education, advocacy and action consistent with Unitarian Universalist liberal religious principles and to witness with and on behalf of marginalized groups and individuals. Currently Our local group is working to provide education about the problems of the cash bail system. UUJO along with GCC, and the ACLU want to eliminate cash bail in Ohio.
https://uujo.org/

October 10, 2021 UUCC Ministry for Earth and the Impact After school program need money to pay for material needed to “lasagna mulch” (cardboard + compost + mulch) on the ground surrounding our new UUCC apple orchard.  The Impact Students are 7th and 8th graders who are learning by doing. They are leaning about caring for soil, growing food, cooking food about the ‘web of life “with the help of Sara Continenza and her Food Strong Program.

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