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Every Sunday Tapestry contributes one-half of all undesignated collections received during services to support a specific organization or charity that aligns with, and advances, our Unitarian Universalist principles. If you have a favorite 501(c)(3) organization that promotes UU principles, please send your suggestions to sharetheplate@uutapestry.org.

You can see where our past and current Share-the-Plate donations are going to below.

Our Share-the-Plate Donation History
DatesOrganization NameDescriptionWebsite
August, 2022TXUUJMGuided by Unitarian Universalist principles, TXUUJM educates and organizes member congregations and partners with sympathetic organizations in order to advocate effectively for public policies that: Uphold the worth and dignity of every person; Further justice, equity, and compassion in human relations; Ensure the use of the democratic process; Protect religious freedom; and, Promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence.http://txuujm.org/
July, 2022Northwest Assistance MinistriesOur share the plate recipient for the month of July is NAM, Northwest Assistance Ministries and will help support their back to school backpack drive. Northwest Assistance Ministries is a nonprofit, community-based, multi-program social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. https://www.namonline.org
June, 2022Black and PinkBlack & Pink National is a prison abolitionist organization dedicated to abolishing the criminal punishment system and liberating LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS who are affected by that system through advocacy, support, and organizing. Programs they spearhead for this effort include: R.E.A.P. (Restore, Embolden, Amplify, Power), which seeks to prevent reentry into the criminal legal system by providing access to safe housing, medical care, employment, and self-development; Lydon House, which offers housing and wrap around support services to LGBTQIA2S+ people who are impacted by incarceration; and the Opportunity Campus, an ongoing capital campaign for a central location in Omaha, Nebraska offering housing and program space for system-impacted trans and queer young people.https://www.blackandpink.org/
May 2022Trees for HoustonThis month’s share-the-plate offering is going to Trees for Houston, a nonprofit organization dedicated to planting, protecting and promoting trees in the greater Houston area since 1983. Now celebrating their 36th anniversary with over half a million trees planted, they grow, plant and maintain over 20,000 trees each year for a multitude of projects across the greater Houston region. They take requests from the public to plant trees wherever they may benefit the public, and will plant a tree to honor someone's memory or other special occasion. They maintain the trees for 2 years after planting them. Trees reduce air pollution, provide oxygen, reduce urban heat and home cooling bills by shading buildings and concrete. Trees provide food and habitat for wildlife. Trees reduce storm water runoff and slow erosion. Not least of all trees reduce stress and beautify our surroundings. Your donation allows Trees For Houston to plant and maintain vibrant, healthy neighborhoods throughout the Houston region.https://www.treesforhouston.org/
April 2022Montrose Center Hatch YouthHatch Youth is Houston’s oldest, currently active, social group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth. They are dedicated to empowering LGBTQ adolescents, ages 13-20, to become responsible citizens and positive contributors to society; additionally, Hatch Jr. serves youth ages 7-12. As well as serving as a community space for these youth, it also provides education and affirmation programs.https://www.montrosecenter.org/hatch-youth/
March, 2022Donate to Ukraine-Doctors Without BordersIn light of the war in Ukraine, our Share the Plate recipient this month will be Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. Doctors Without Borders is an independent, global movement providing medical aid wherever it is needed most. As the conflict in Ukraine escalates, Doctors Without Borders is stepping up its medical humanitarian response to the deepening humanitarian crisis, both in Ukraine and in neighboring countries, where more than one million people have fled. Their teams are witnessing the impact of the conflict on civilians but determining the true extent of medical needs within the country remains challenging. They are preparing for a range of scenarios, reinforcing capacity for surgical care, emergency medicine, and mental health support for displaced people.https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/countries/ukraine
February, 2022UUA Climate Justice MinistryThe UUA Climate Justice Ministry acts in the knowledge that all life is interconnected. Creating a sustainable way of life is central to our view of a just and compassionate world. The UUA has committed to a number of programs in pursuit of this goal, including: the Green Sanctuary Program, which focuses on dedication to environmental principles and collaboration between congregations for achieving climate justice; the Create Climate Justice Net, a community organizing hub for UU climate activists; dedication to Ethical Eating in recognition of the moral consequences of our food choices; Divestment and Socially Responsible Investment, a business resolution seeking to extricate finances from fossil fuel corporations; and dedication to the UN Climate Justice Initiative, which builds the UU climate change movement through education, advocacy, and collaboration with other climate change voices at the United Nations in order to promote a viable world with mitigated climate change.https://www.uua.org/environment
January, 2022Lilith FundThe Lilith Fund provides financial assistance and emotional support while building community spaces for people who need abortions in Texas—unapologetically, with compassion and conviction. The organization operates according to the values of compassion, intersectionality, anti-racism, client-centeredness, inclusivity, and collaboration in order to build a reality where everyone has the agency, power, and resources to thrive in their communities.https://www.lilithfund.org/
December, 2021Houston WildernessHouston Wilderness works with a broad-based alliance of business, environmental and government interests to protect and promote the 10 diverse ecoregions of the 13+ county area around Houston, Galveston Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico, including coastal prairies, forests, wetlands, and waterways. They connect people to the 10 ecoregions in multiple counties around Greater Houston through large-scale environmental policy initiatives, including facilitation of key programs including: an 8-county Regional Conservation Plan, a Texas Monarch Flyway Strategy, a Port of Houston TREES Program and a Collaborative Grant Organizing Program – all which ensure that relevant stakeholders are at the table and collaborative solutions are supported and implemented.https://houstonwilderness.org/
November, 2021Northwest Assistance MinistriesNorthwest Assistance Ministries is a nonprofit, community-based, multi-program social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbor. This month we will be donating to the NAM food bank which supplies food to people in our area who are in desperate need because of the pandemic. https://www.namonline.org/
September, 2021UBarUUbarU is a Unitarian Universalist Camp and Retreat Center in the rugged ranch land of the Hill Country near Kerrville, Texas. Their mission is to provide a welcoming, peaceful place to gather for spiritual, educational, and recreational purposes in harmony with our Unitarian Universalist principles and the land.https://www.ubaru.org/
October, 2021The Metropolitan OrganizationThe Metropolitan Organization of Houston is a facilitator for activist groups across the Houston area to meet and share resources. They organize by building trusting relationships between institutions and people of diverse backgrounds and by training leaders to organize within their institutions and to create public relationships with local policymakers that help our member institutions speak and act for themselves for the common good of our local communities. The Metropolitan Organization of Houston is: - Broad-based, consisting of congregations and other institutions from across the region which represent the racial, religious, and economic diversity of the area. - Values-based, involving people who are committed to acting on the call to social justice that is so central to many of our faith traditions. - Non-partisan, never endorsing candidates or political parties, but embracing fully the art of politics—the discussion, debate and active participation necessary for persons to take collective action to reclaim their birthright as citizens in a democratic country. - Dues-based, giving member institutions ownership over the organizing and the independence to act freely on their own interests.https://www.tmohouston.org/
August, 2021Sierra Club FoundationThe mission of the Houston Sierra Club is to foster the quality of the environment within its territorial limits and to work for the purposes of the Sierra Club, including: "To protect and conserve the natural resources of the State of Texas, the United States, and the world; to undertake an publish scientific and educational studies concerning all aspects of man's environment and the natural ecosystems of the world; and to educate the people of the United States and the world to the need to preserve and restore the quality of that environment and the integrity of those ecosystems."https://sierraclub.org/texas/houston
July, 2021Plastic Free JulyPlastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Plastic Free July is a key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation that allows us to work towards our vision of seeing a world free of plastic waste. From humble beginnings in 2011, the award-winning Plastic Free July campaign is the result of years of hard work.https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/
June, 2021InterPrideInterPride was founded in 1982 in Boston, MA USA as the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Pride Coordinators. In the fall of 1982 representatives from about half a dozen US Pride organizations gathered together to network. Since then, an annual conference has been held, in a different city and attendance has steadily grown. InterPride brings together Pride organizations from around the world, as well as regional, national, and local Pride networks, therefore contributing to the global coordination of Pride efforts. They currently gather over 400 organizations from more than 70 countries. To assist Pride organizers design and conduct the most important visibility event that deconstructs myths, lies, and prejudices surrounding LGBTIQ+ realities. InterPride promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex Pride, maximizes networking and communication among Pride Organizations, offers resources, empowers, and leverages education.https://www.interpride.org/
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