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.
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.