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It has been the custom of First Unitarian Church to Share the Plate once each month of the Program Year (roughly the school year) plus Christmas Eve — a total of 10 each year. This means choosing an organization whose mission is in keeping with the values of this congregation and sending them 100% of the undesignated funds given to our offering plates on the chosen Sunday. When possible, we offer opportunities to know more about our selected group and their work during an Adult Religious Education session at 9:30 am that day.

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.

Information on the next Share the Plate Sunday, including the selected recipient and any information session that will be offered will appear in the Weekly Update (aka the eblast). For more information, contact sharetheplate@orlandouu.org.

2019–2020 RECIPIENTS

September 15, 2019: Healthcare Center for the Homeless, $1,083.00

October 20, 2019: Planned Parenthood of SW and Central Florida (PPSWCF), $1,909.38 (+ $1,000.oo match from The Alliance)

November 17, 2019: IDignity, $1,340.11

December 15, 2019: Mental Health Association of Central Florida, $1,167.11

December 24, 2019: Minister’s Discretionary Fund, $1,314.11

January 19, 2020: New Image Youth Center, $1,624.11

February 16, 2020: Hope CommUnity Center, $1,352.11

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the rest of the donations for this fiscal year will go to Second Harvest Food Bank 


Postponed until next year:

Truth & Justice Project

LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida,

Adult Literacy League


2018–2019 Recipients

September 16, 2018: Planned Parenthood of SW and Central Florida (PPSWCF), $1,566.91

October 21, 2018: LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida, $929.52

November 18, 2018: Mental Health Association of Central Florida, $974.64

December 16, 2018: Healthcare Center for the Homeless, $1,247.13

December 24, 2018:  Florida Immigrant Coalition, $1,732.20

January 20, 2019: Harbor House, $1,739.75

February 17, 2019: Zebra Coalition, $1,195.21

March 24, 2019: Hope CommUnity Center, $902.75

April  21, 2019: IDignity, $1,410.35

2017–2018 Recipients

September 2017: Planned Parenthood of SouthWest and Central Florida (PPSWCF), $1,926 (plus $1,000 match from the Alliance)

October 2017: Victim Service Center, $949

November 2017: IDignity, $1,400

December 2017:  Zebra Coalition, $986

December (Christmas Eve) 2017: Florida Immigrant Coalition (FIC), $1,421

January 2018: New Image Youth Center (NIYC), $1,582

February 2018: Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), $1,547

March 2018: Hope CommUnity Center, $987

April 2018: Equality Florida, $1,107

May 2018: Organize Florida Education Fund, $865

Our Share the Plate total for the 20172018 church year was $12,770! Add to that an additional $1,000 raised through matching funds provided by the Alliance of the First Unitarian Church and the University Unitarian Universalist Society for Planned Parenthood.

2016–2017 Recipients

September 2016:  Hope CommUnity Center, $1,123.35

October 2016: Two Spirit Health Services, Inc., $1,468.33

November 2016: Organize Now/Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment (FIRE), $1,131

December 2016 (Christmas Eve): Zebra Coalition,  $1,537

December 2016: Adriana’s Attic, $824.65

January 2017:  Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

(+$1,000 Alliance match), $ 2,970

February 2017: Coalition of Immokalee Workers/Alliance for Fair Food, $1,350.12

March 2017: The Russell Home for Atypical Children,  $1,686.24

April 2017: Samaritan Resource Center, $1,091.10

May 2017:  New Image Youth Center,  $1,040

Total  for 2016–2017:  $14,221.79   (+$1,000 Alliance match for Planned Parenthood)

2015–2016 Recipients

September 2015: Dress2Learn, $948

October 2015: Hope CommUnity Center, $839.25

November 2015: Adriana’s Attic, $930

December 2015 (Christmas Eve): Zebra Coalition, $1,424.52

December 2015: IDignity, $1,100

January 2016: Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, $1,300.25 (+$1,000 Alliance match)

February 2016: Coalition of Immokalee Workers/Alliance for Fair Food, $1,031

March 2016: Samaritan Resource Center, $979.02

April 2016: Organize Now/Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment (FIRE), $830.35

May 2016: New Image Youth Center, $1,148

Total for 2015–2016: $10,530.39  (+$1,000 Alliance match for Planned Parenthood)

2014–2015 Recipients

September 2014: Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, $1,030.95              (+$1,000 Alliance match)

October 2014: Orlando Youth Alliance, $693

November 2014: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, $1,402.35

December 2014 (Christmas Eve):  Zebra Coalition, $1847.10

December 2014: Shepherd’s Hope, $664

January 2015:  Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, $1,571.60

(+$1,000 Alliance match)

February 2015: Orlando Youth Alliance, $1,272.11

March 2015: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, $681.31

April 2015: Shepherd’s Hope, $1,127.57

May 2015: New Image Youth Center $1,179

Total for 2014–2015: $11,468.99 (+$2,000 Alliance match)


Clean the World Needs

One of our previous Share the Plate Partners, Clean the World, has reached out with a new list of needs. If you can help, please email at info@cleantheworld.org if you are able to donate any of these items or call them directly at 407-574-8353.

Washer & Dryer, Batteries (AA and AAA), 2-way radio, Towels, 6ft ladder, Wall mount soap pumps,
Wall mount trash receptacles, Cleaning supplies, Swifter mops, Paper towels, Baby changing stations,
First aid kits, Crowd control posts w/ropes, Table umbrellas with base, Outdoor fans, Latex-free gloves,
Box cutters, Tape guns, Packing tape, Dry erase markers (black), Sharpies (black), 8-ft. centerfold tables,
Folding chairs, Anti-fatigue mats, USB Flash Drives, Hand Truck.

Adriana’s Attic Call for Help, August 2017

One of our past recipients, Adriana’s Attic, has reached out with a list of needs. If you can help, please contact them directly at: Adriana’s Attic, Inc., Attn.: Rita Marullo, 13615 Cepheus Drive, Orlando, FL 32828; (407) 446-8585. Here are the items they’re requesting:

  1. Clothes and shoes for all ages.
  2. School supplies — backpacks (new or very gently used), 24-count crayons and pencils, #2 pencils, children’s scissors, 1-subject notebooks, black or blue pens (do you have some around you got free at a meeting?), pencil sharpeners, markers, and white lined paper.
  3. Newborn baby clothes and supplies.
  4. Canned and boxed food for the emergency pantry.
  5. Toys, pots and pans, kitchen items, towels and sheets, craft supplies, socks, underwear, and deodorant.
  6.  FREE items to donate: used magazines, plastic hangers, hotel-size soap, shampoo and lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste from your dentist, gifts you do not want for bingo prizes, sample makeup, pads of paper from conferences, etc.

Thank you for all the generosity and kindness shown to Adriana’s Attic, Inc. http://www.adrianasatticinc.org/