Share the Plate Recipients
Each week this congregation gives half of all offerings collected in our plate to local organizations whose work furthers our mission. Here are some of our prior recipients. All members and friends are invited to nominate an organization that they’re familiar with or inspired by.
- Share the Plate 1/23/22 – 1/30/22 – Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice
Our Share the Plate recipient this week is Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, an interfaith education and advocacy organization that works to bring awareness and advocate for systemic changes addressing the root causes of poverty, racial inequity, and social injustices in our state. Their programs have included interfaith community building, the Dane Sanctuary Coalition and poverty simulations.
- Share the Plate 1/9/22 – 1/16/22 – The Center for Black Excellence and Culture
Our Share the Plate recipient this week is The Center for Black Excellence and Culture, a vision of the Rev. Alex Gee to create a space for affirming, inspiring, and advancing Black excellence. It will promote health and wellness, leadership, art, youth, and families among Madison’s Black community.
- Share the Plate 12/26/21 – 1/2/22 – The River Food Pantry
Our Share the Plate recipient this week is The River Food Pantry, South Central Wisconsin’s busiest food pantry. They work with local grocers to prevent food waste and provide free groceries, freshly prepared to-go meals, and mobile lunches for children and adults in low-income neighborhoods. Your funds will go to purchase foods not available as donations. They also have many opportunities to volunteer at their facility on Darwin Road.
- Share the Plate 12/12/21 – 12/19/21 – Catalyst for Change
Our Share the Plate this week Catalyst for Change.
Catalyst for Change serves individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Dane County. They provide street outreach and mediation to assist people with community services. They are also working with the encampment at Reindahl Park where they can disperse used tents, sleeping bags and other winter survival gear that you may no longer need.
- Share the Plate 11/29/21-12/5/21 – East High Food Pantry
Our Share the Plate this week is the new outdoor free food pantry at East High School. This project was initiated by students and the pantry was built by a student as part of his Eagle Scout project. Students and community members are welcome to take what they need. The pantry is along the 4th Street side of the building and painted in the school colors of purple and yellow. Our funds will be used to purchase food supplies.
Community members are also welcome to donate canned items that are not expired. No glass and no items that contain nuts please. Donations should not be put directly into the pantry, but instead dropped off at the EHS Welcome Center, which is Door 2 on North Fourth Street.
- Share the Plate 11/14/21-11/21/21 – Porchlight Drop-In Shelter
Donations this week go to the Porchlight Drop-In Shelter which provides emergency overnight shelter to male-identified individuals over the age of 18. Our donations are used to provide affordable housing with supportive case management services, men’s emergency shelter, eviction prevention, outreach, and employment and training.
- Share the Plate 10/31/21-11/7/21 – Goodman Center Thanksgiving Baskets
This week’s donations will go to the Goodman Center’s Thanksgiving Baskets project. They are planning to register 4,000 families this year — that’s 25,000 Dane County residents (including 10,000 children. Your donations will help GCC purchase ingredients that weren’t able to be donated for the baskets. Volunteers are also needed. Check the Goodman website for more details.
- Share the Plate 10/10-10/24/21 – MOSES
Share the Plate donations this week will go to MOSES, a non-partisan interfaith organization that works to promote social justice with a focus on ending mass incarceration and to eradicate the racial disparities in our community that contribute to injustices. JRUUC is a member of MOSES, the Madison chapter of WISDOM, the statewide organization.
- Share the Plate 10/3-10/7/21 – Open Doors for Refugees
Share the Plate donations this week will go to Open Doors for Refugees, an all-volunteer organization founded in 2016 and based in Madison, whose mission is to help refugees make a home in the Madison area.
Our donations will directly support their skill-building program and Home Supply program for refugees.
- Share the Plate 9/19-9/25/21 – Worker Justice Wisconsin
This week our Share the Plate donations will go to Worker Justice Wisconsin. This organization, formerly the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice, has long been on our list for giving donations. Despite the name change, they do the same work: defending workers against injustices, with particular focus on low wage workers and immigrant workers.