At UUCC, our mission includes Justice in Action. We strive to actively live the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism. In that spirit, UUCC donates money through our Sunday Collection Plate to groups in our community that are doing work we support. Work that furthers our Seven Principles. Most weeks the entire Sunday collection Plate is given to outside groups. Occasionally the Sunday Plate money goes to groups within the congregation.
Money can be given as cash or check, or by CashApp handle $UUCC44122, and PayPal . Direct payment 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 given to the recipient several weeks after the Sunday service. Usually 2 to 3 weeks after the service date. 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.
Below are recent organization UUCC has chosen for Donation.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
December 24, 2022: Minister’s Discretionary Fund.
Funds to be used by the minister for special needs
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!
December 4, 2022: Greater Cleveland Food Bank
We work to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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™.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 24, 2022:
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 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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 7, 2021: LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF CLEVELAND.
1223 West 6th Street. Cleveland, OH 44113.
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.
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.
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.
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.