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Share the Plate


It has been the custom of First Unitarian Church to Share the Plate once each month. This means choosing an organization whose mission is in keeping with the values of this congregation. When possible, we offer opportunities to know more about them and their work.

We then send 100% of the undesignated funds to our partner organization. We believe that this practice will help us deepen our practice of generosity, and strengthen our commitment to, and relationships with, our partner organizations.

Checks for Share the Plate may be made out to First Unitarian Church  with “Share the Plate” in the memo line.

This year, we have chosen ten organizations to be our partner organizations. Eight of these are part of our monthly rotation which will typically take place on the third Sunday of the month (September through April). One organization was chosen as our partner for the Children’s Religious Education service. A special offering will be received on Christmas Eve.

Those wishing to learn more about our partners are encouraged to attend the  associated Adult Religious Education program which takes place in the Library at 9:30 am on the same day that the offering is received

This year’s partners are:

September 20, 2015   Dress2Learn (see needs list)

Are you interested in making a difference in our community in 2016? Dress2Learn is looking for people to help. In order to contact that program, you can call the main United Way number during business hours M-F 8a-5p: 407-835-0900.

November 15, 2015    Adriana’s Attic

We are always in need of clothing and shoes for babies up to plus sizes, prom dresses, shoes and jewelry for young girls in need, gently used or new items for the transitional homeless into housing. They are in need of toasters, microwave oven, pots and pans, baking sheets, dishes, utensils, shower curtains, alarm clocks, boom boxes,crock pots. Other needs: All kind of toys and children’s books, paper back books for homeless, art and craft supplies, cleaning supplies, peanut butter, jelly, tuna, canned meat, beans, soup, crackers, dry milk, mac and cheese, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, dog and cat food.

Special items we are in need of: shorts, jeans and casual slacks in size 32 waist/30 inseam, small/medium men’s shirts, girl’s size 2 1/2 sneaker, Men’s 11 work boot, 4x men’s hoodie and 4x women’s tshirts.

Renee has been making bears for foster children that are taken from their homes by DCF. We need colorful material, rick rack, lace and stuffing.

We are still collecting change for Primrose Center for coffee. If they are caught doing something nice they are rewarded with a packet of 40 cents. We love pennies too and the clients love their coffee!

Donations accepted 7 days a week. Deliver items to: 1561 Anna Catherine Drive, Orlando, Fl. 32828. Please call to make sure we are home as we are in the back gated area and the guard will not let you in if we are not at home: 407-281-6005, Rita Marullo Exec. Director. All donations go directly to adults and children in need.

On the international front we have now sponsored 131 Kiva loans and would like help making pillowcase dresses for children in Kenya.

If you know anyone interested in helping us, please send our newsletter to them. You can friend us on facebook – Adriana’s Attic, Inc or visit us on our web site above. Thank you for always helping us help those in need!

January 17, 2016         Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida (PPSCF)

In addition to money, they have on-going needs for items which you may be able to help them with. They need machine washable blankets and heating pads, as they find their patients are often a little cold and sometimes need a lap blanket and/or heating pad while waiting to be seen. Planned Parenthood clinics keep a supply of them in their health centers, but need to refresh them often.  In addition, their wish list includes: Single serve snacks (crackers, cookies, etc) & juice boxes, single serve water bottles, copy paper, paper towels, toaster oven (2), microwave, yoga balls (5), stress balls, machine washable lap blankets, individual creamers, coffee, ground.

Delivery of your donations can go to Planned Parenthood at  726 S. Tampa Avenue|Orlando, FL 32805  For more info, call Melissa Tyrone at (407) 246-1788 x136. Thank you for giving to help to this very important organization!

February 21, 2016       Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)/Interfaith Action of SW Florida

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is urgently in need of a donated car – one with both decent mileage and gas mileage. One of their long time vehicles, donated years ago, died in December. If you or someone you know can help, please contact Marley Moynahan, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, (239) 357 0393.

March 20, 2016           Samaritan Resource Center

SRC is always in need of men’s jeans 30, 32, & 34, men’s tennis shoes 9-11 sizes, batteries, deodorant, bus passes. If you can help, please contact sablain7@gmail.com
April 17, 2016              Organize Now
May 1, 2016                 New Image Youth Center (NYIC)
We are expanding our healthy cooking program, and are in need of all sorts of kitchen items, including dinnerware, cutlery, cooking utensils, serving trays and bowls, aprons, knives and cutting boards, and small appliances. We can also use gift cards in amounts of $20-25 for the students for holiday gifts. Donations can be dropped off at our center, 212 S. Parramore Ave., 32805 between 2pm and 6pm, M-F. Other times can be arranged if needed.

You can see our giving for last year:

January 25, 2015 – Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida (PPSCF) $1,571.60 plus $1.000 Alliance match
February 22, 2015 – Orlando Youth Alliance (OYA) $1272.11
March 15, 2015 (3rd Sunday)- Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) $681.31
April 26, 2015 – Shepherd’s Hope $1127.57
May 3, 2015 – New Image Youth Center (NYIC) $1,179

 Total for Year – $11,468.99