Weaving a Tapestry



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
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://www.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/
May, 2021Black 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/
April, 2021American RiversAmerican Rivers works to create a future of clean water and healthy rivers everywhere, for everyone. Since 1973, we have protected wild rivers, restored damaged rivers and conserved clean water for people and nature. With headquarters in Washington, D.C. and 300,000 supporters, members and volunteers across the country, we are the most trusted and influential river conservation organization in the United States, delivering solutions for a better future.https://www.americanrivers.org/
March, 2021Houston Area Women's CenterThe Houston Area Women’s Center works to end domestic and sexual violence and supports all in building safe and healthy lives through advocacy, counseling, education, shelter and support services. Since 1977, the Houston Area Women’s Center has worked relentlessly to help survivors affected by domestic and sexual violence build lives free from the effects of violence. Today, they have 115 paid staff, a counseling and administrative building, a residential shelter for 120 women and children, a state-of-the-art hotline call center and over 1,000 active volunteers. They strive to create a community, especially for women, that embraces diversity, recognizes oppression, promotes empowerment and supports the right of all individuals to self-determination.https://hawc.org/
February, 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 Neighbors. For the month of August, NAM's Back to School Project will provide needed school supplies to children enrolled in kindergarten to 12th grade.https://www.namonline.org/
January, 2021Trust for Public LandThe Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. From helping raise funds for conservation; to protecting and restoring natural spaces; to collaborating with communities to plan, design, and create parks, playgrounds, gardens, and trails; TPL works with communities to ensure that development happens for them, and not to them.https://www.tpl.org/
December, 2020Environmental Justice FoundationEJF was founded in 1999 by Steve Trent and Juliette Williams in the UK. It has become a world wide organization that investigates, documents and exposes evironmental and human rights abuses. They belive that environmental security is a basic human right.https://ejfoundation.org/
November, 2020Northwest 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/
October, 2020TXUUJMAs Tapestry's commitment to joining the Texas UU Justice Ministry, our share the plate donations for the month of October will go toward paying dues to the Ministry. Guided 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/
September, 2020Houston Justice - Project OrangeHouston Justice is a non-partisan advocacy group aimed at eradicating homelessness, recidivism, and injustice in the community at-large. #ProjectOrange is a grassroots, non-partisan effort to register eligible voters behind bars at the Harris County Jail. As part of the Project Orange initiative, for four consecutive Sundays, volunteers from Houston Justice are escorted through the jail with voter registration cards that qualified inmates will be able to fill out.https://www.houstonjustice.org/
August, 2020Houston Holocaust MuseumCharged with educating students and the public about the dangers of prejudice and hatred in society, Holocaust Museum Houston opened its doors in March of 1996. Since that time, impassioned notes, poems, artwork, and other gifts, from school children and adults alike, attest to the life-changing thoughts generated by just one visit to this unique facility. HMH envisions a society that transforms ignorance into respect for human life, that remembers the Holocaust, and reaffirms an individual’s responsibility for the collective actions of society.https://hmh.org/
July, 2020Comp-U-DoptComp-U-Dopt was founded in 2007 with the belief that every child deserves equal access to education and opportunity. Greater than 30% of economically disadvantaged families lack access to a computer at home which impacts their family time, ability to do homework, and even creates social barriers. Comp-U-Dopt refurbishes donated corporate computers which are given to students in the 3rd to 8th grade. They also have other important programs that help to show students the importance of computers in our daily lives and how they interact with the world around us.https://www.compudopt.org/
June, 2020Montrose Center COVID-19 Relief FundJune's Share the Plate recipient is the Montrose Center COVID-19 Response & Relief Fund. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our daily lives in unprecedented ways, vulnerable communities like LGBTQ+ Houston are likely to feel the worst of these effects as the situation progresses. This fund will be used to provide for many needs including: - Emergency Financial Assistance - Housing for LGBTQ homeless youth and violence survivors - Shelf-stable food for LGBTQ seniors - Mental health support & therapy for those in crisis - Workforce development activities for those who are unemployed This month we also ask you to participate in a virtual food drive by shipping food and other supplies from online vendors directly to the center: Montrose Center Volunteer Dept. 401 Branard, 2nd Floor Houston, TX 77006 Deliveries are accepted M – Th 8 – 7, and F 8 – 5. Please see their website http://www.montrosecenter.org/covid19driveitems/ for a list of requested items for outreach workers, cleaning supplies and food for the emergency food pantry.https://secure.givelively.org/donate/the-montrose-center/covid-19-response-relief
May 2020Covenant House TexasCovenant House Texas is a faith-based organization committed to giving homeless youth a safe haven, absolute respect, unconditional love, and a path to lasting independence. Their programs help to reach the most at-risk and marginalized in our community by welcoming LGBTQ youth and working to end sex trafficking. CHT offers an extensive continuum of care model for homeless youth including mental health and substance abuse counseling, educational and vocational training, transitional and permanent living programs, street outreach and prevention, pastoral ministry and parenting classes in addition to providing the basic necessities of food, clothing, medical care and safe shelter from the streets for youth in crisis.https://www.covenanthouse.org/
April 2020Anti-Defamation LeagueThe Anti-Defamation League's mission is "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." As an organization, the ADL is well known for advocating against antisemitism and for universal justice. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.https://www.adl.org/
March, 2020Tapestry's SEE Justice TeamFor the month of March, the Share the Plate offerings will go toward a fund for planting trees here, at the Congregation Jewish Community North. As a part of our commitment to environmental justice and interfaith dialogue and cooperation, our offerings will go toward trees and supplies to build more greenery and beauty here at home. 
February, 2020Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of TexasThe Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas is a tribe of aboriginal people living in Texas who come from all walks of life to adhere to the betterment and welfare of their people. Their goals, as laid down by their ancestors and elders work to the following ends: to their own recognition; to the greater good and welfare of Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe; to recapture, maintain, and preserve their lifeways; to developing of a strong financial foundation for members; to identify and reclaim their relatives, lands, and ancestors; to the re-interment of their ancestors; to developing a Texas Indian Network that will be an advocate for all Texas Tribes; to work at the education and re-education of Texas Historical events like the Republic of Rio Grande; to bring a better understanding of our connectedness to the natural order that we are a part of in the protection of Mother Earth.http://carrizocomecrudotribeoftexas.org
January, 2020UUA 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
December, 2019Interfaith Ministries for Greater HoustonInterfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. Interfaith Ministries envisions a community working and acting together in response to the needs of a Greater Houston to create a more respectful, connected, and caring society. Their areas of service include Meals on Wheels, delivering 1.6 million every year in Harris, Galveston and surrounding counties; Refugee Services which helps resettle hundreds of refugees in Houston each year; Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships which engages houses of worship, businesses, organizations and non-profits in dialogue, collaboration and service to embrace the philosophy of “Respect Thy Neighbor"; and Volunteer Houston which connects people and organizations in impactful, fun and interactive volunteer opportunities across the Greater Houston area.https://www.imgh.org/
November, 2019IMF Meals on WheelsInterfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. Interfaith Ministries’ Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston and Galveston County program provides home-delivered meals to over 4,400 homebound seniors and disabled adults in five counties – Harris, Galveston, Montgomery, Liberty and Chambers. The program also delivers weekend meals and a week’s worth of breakfast to over 1,100 of the most frail and isolated clients.https://www.imgh.org/
October, 2019Tejas BarriosTexas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (T.E.J.A.S.) is dedicated to promoting environmental protection through education, policy development, community awareness, and legal action. While their local work centers on the Houston Shipchannel and the surrounding neighborhoods, members have helped shape standards and policy throughout Texas, Louisiana, and Arizona. T.E.J.A.S.' guiding principle is that everyone, regardless of race or income, is entitled to live in a clean environment.http://tejasbarrios.org/
September, 2019Jewish Family ServicesJewish Family Service is a non-profit human service agency for people of all ages and all walks of life whose goal is to provide light, hope and help to individuals struggling with life challenges. From its founding in 1913, Jewish Family Service has provided assistance and professional resources to members of Houston's Jewish community, and has expanded its programs and staff as the needs of the community have grown. JFS offers mental health and support counseling for individuals and families including a specialized program for individuals who live with persistent and pervasive mental illness. They also provide disability services, senior adult services and case management, employment services, Jewish chaplaincy services at area hospitals, community outreach, financial assistance programs and volunteer opportunities.https://www.jfshouston.org/
August, 2019Northwest Assistance MinistriesNorthwest Assistance Ministries is a nonprofit, community-based, multi-program social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. For the month of August, NAM's Back to School Project will provide needed school supplies to children enrolled in kindergarten to 12th grade.https://www.namonline.org/
July, 2019No More Deaths/No Mas MuertosNo More Deaths began in 2004 as a coalition of activists and faith groups dedicated to ending the suffering and death of migrants in the desert of the US-Mexico borderlands, and since 2008 they have been an official ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson. Their projects include: providing food, water and first aid to migrants on both sides of the border; legal aid and counseling for families separated in the immigration court system; and search and rescue for migrants lost in the desert. http://www.nomoredeaths.org
June, 2019Montrose CenterThe Montrose Center was founded in 1978 as Montrose Counseling Center. It started with 1 therapist and a few thousand dollars. It is now the fifth largest LGBTQ community center in the country. It provides services to 100,000 Houstonians a year. Some of the services it offers are a clinic, a domestic abuse shelter, free hot lunches for seniors, housing and job training for homeless LGBTQ teens (Lady Gaga provided the furnished apartments). In 2020 they will be opening a LGBTQ friendly complex for the elderly in the Midtown area. http://www.montrosecenter.org/
May, 2019Pride HoustonThis month’s share-the-plate offering is going to Pride Houston in support of the Houston Pride Festival in June. For more than 40 years, Pride Houston has been a central part of the local LGBT community in Houston. Their core mission is to strengthen equality and increase awareness around issues important to our community such as health, safety and marriage equality. Pride Houston celebrates the individuality and diversity of every person as they strive for acceptance from parents, friends and society-at-large.https://pridehouston.org/
April, 2019Trees 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/
March 17-24, 2019United for Christchurch Mosque ShootingsIt's with a heavy heart we share this story. Unfortunately, multiple lives were lost and many people were injured when a gunman opened fire in 2 Christchurch Mosques during Friday prayers on 15 March 2019. Let us take this opportunity to show our solidarity with the victims and encourage love, tolerance, and unity. Today our share-the-plate offering will go to “United for Christchurch”. All funds raised are going to be distributed to the families by NZIIC - New Zealand Islamic Information Centre. All proceeds will help with the immediate, short-term needs of the grieving families. No amount of money will bring back their loved ones, but we do hope to lessen their burden in some way. https://www.launchgood.com/
March, 2019Writers in the Schools (WITS)Since 1983, Writers in the Schools (WITS) has worked hand-in-hand with educators and professional writers to teach students the craft of writing. WITS is transforming the hearts and minds of young people all over Houston. Over 38,000 children and teachers in 360 Houston classrooms plant their own stories each year, and discover the WITS magic that's cultivated every day. WITS works in conjunction with the University of Houston Creative Writing Program to engage children in the joy and power of reading and writing. Their Creative Writing Camp teaches a vital truth: that not only can we actualize our potential as individuals while participating in a community, but that it is because of our community that our individuality has a place to take shape and thrive.https://witshouston.org/