One way that CVUUS makes social justice happen every week is by donating half our collection plate proceeds. Our donations go to a different organization each month. Please give generously to support our neighbors in need!

Future Recipients

If you have a suggestion for a future donee please contact a member of the Donation Ministry:  Parker (Monty) Montgomery, Barb Karle, Ashleigh Hickey, Kimberly Waterman, or Jason Duquette-Hoffman, our leader.

Nov 2017: Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund

Designed to help the vulnerable communities of Puerto Rico that have suffered the most damage from the storm. These communities have minimal supplies and resources to recover and safeguard any property. One hundred percent of money is raised to support the immediate relief or long-term equitable rebuilding to these vulnerable communities. Plus, grassroots organizations have concluded that, aside from initial emergency funding, all grants from the María Fund will be decided by a committee made up entirely of Puerto Ricans, 50% from the island and 50% in the diaspora.

Oct 2017: Doctors Without Borders

$1164.74

Sept 2017: Salvation Farms

Salvation Farms’ mission is to build increased resilience in Vermont’s food systems through agricultural surplus management. The VT Gleaning Collective is an initiative of Salvation Farms. It’s a network of professionally organized community-based gleaning programs. Lily Bradburn coordinates gleaning for HOPE and posts opportunities through Salvation Farms’ gleaning network.  Gleaning is a CVUUS Green Sanctuary Environmental Justice Project.  Get notices directly by registering at http://salvationfarms.org/get-involved.html. Select the type of work you’d like to do, which includes planting, gleaning, processing, delivering, admin, etc. Once you register, you’ll receive emails of opportunities from which you can choose. You can take home some gleaned items if there’s enough. $1014.34

Aug 2017: Chaffee Art Center

Chaffee Art Center in Rutland nurtures the essential relationship between the arts and the community through exhibition, education and collaboration. They make special effort to bring art to the community through their Art in the Park events (Aug 17-18 and Oct 7-8 on Main St at Rt 7 and 4 intersection), ongoing classes and education, and numerous other outreach efforts.  Visit www.chaffeeartcenter.org to learn more about their vision to create a larger Arts Campus for the region and how your donation can help their building renovation project. $1000

July 2017:  writing inside VT

Since 2010, writing inside VT has forged trusting, pro-social relationships with more than 350 of Vermont’s  incarcerated women. Their weekly writing circles at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, South Burlington, VT, provide a safe, structured, supportive space for women to write toward growth and self-change regardless of education or writing ability. The program also creates a community of trust for women inmates by modeling healthy interpersonal boundaries, equality of voice, respectful  listening, compassion, positive feedback practices, and confidentiality. See more at writinginsidevt.com. $753

June 2017: Playing for Change

Playing For Change arose from a common belief that music has the power to  connect people regardless of their differences. In 2005, a small group of filmmakers set out with a dream to create a film rooted in the music of the streets. Not only has that dream been realized, it has grown into a global sensation that has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.  In 2007, the Playing for Change Foundation was established to create positive change through music and arts education.  For more, visit playingforchange.org. $763 

May 2017: Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation

The Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation is a nonprofit organization that serves to meet the emergency financial needs of the men and women of the Vermont National Guard and their families. Founded in 2005 by the Adjutant General of Vermont as a private, nonprofit organization, it has provided grants to meet a variety of needs from  mortgage payments and car loans to heating fuel, home repairs and utility payments. It recognizes the special sacrifices made by the soldiers, airmen and families of the Vermont National Guard and the hardships of military service by meeting a financial need beyond that normally provided by State and Federal agencies. $976.44

April “5th Sunday”: Black Lives UU

$408.50

April 2017: Pride Center of VT

The Pride Center of Vermont provides a wide range of support services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Vermonters, one of the largest marginalized populations in the state. Its mission is to promote the health and safety of these Vermonters, as well as to educate and spread awareness of the challenges they face to Government agencies and all residents of the state. For more, see pridecentervt.org. $1,054

March 2017: Addison County Parent/Child Center

Founded in 1980 in response to a shortage of quality child care and services for Addison County families with children under the age of three. We reached out to those who might find the job overly stressful: teen parents, parents whose infants and toddlers had special needs, and parents who were raised in abusive families and lacked positive role models for parenting. We created a program that would enhance rather than duplicate services already available to families in the community. For more, visit us at 126 Monroe St, Middlebury VT or online at addisoncountypcc.org.  $1326.13

February 2017: Four UUA Affiliates

In February we shared our plate with four UUA affiliates. These donations will give us an opportunity for growth and action provided by the numerous “mission-oriented” organizations supported by the Unitarian Universalist Association.

February 5: Church of the Larger Fellowship is the largest Unitarian Universalist congregation in the world. It is an online spiritual home where Unitarian Universalists can find supportive UU fellowship and words toinspire and comfort.  $ 216.50

February 12: The College of Social Justice provides service and learning opportunities, especially for young adult UUs at home and abroad. $293

February 19: Donation to the newest UU Congregation which is Benton County, Arkansas. $276.45

February 28: The UU United Nations Office is the UU voice at the U.N. advocating for international human rights and giving voice to the voiceless by promoting the inherent worth and dignity of all living things. Chris Mason is the CVUUS “ambassador” to the UU-UNO. $239.25

In addition, $573 was raised for WomenSafe from the I Can’t Keep Quiet Singing Workshop held at CVUUS.

Jan 2017: Committee to Protect Journalists

This independent, nonprofit promotes press freedom worldwide. CPJ defends the right of journalists to report news without fear of reprisal. It was founded in 1981 by a group of U.S. correspondents, who realized they couldn’t ignore the plight of colleagues whose lives were in peril on a daily basis.  Nearly 1230 journalists were killed since 1992 including 48 journalists killed in 2016 with Syria being the deadliest nation. 260 journalists have been imprisoned in 2016 and 456 have been exiled since 2008. CPJ has written to Mike Pence and seeks to meet with the Trump Administration regarding 1st amendment protections. For more, visit www.cpj.org. $1283

Dec 2016: Migrant Justice

Migrant Justice builds the voice, capacity, and power of the farmworker community and engages community partners to organize for economic justice and human rights. They’ve defined community problems as a denial of rights and dignity and have prioritized building a movement to secure these fundamental human rights to: 1) Dignified Work and Quality Housing; 2) Freedom of Movement and Access to Transportation; 3) Freedom from discrimination; 4) Access to Health Care. The seeds of Migrant Justice were planted in 2009 after young dairy worker José Obeth Santiz Cruz was pulled into a mechanized gutter scraper and was strangled to death by his own clothing. For more, visit migrantjustice.net.  $1836.48

The following appeared on BostonGlobe.com Dec 29, 2016: 2,000 miles from border, diplomat offers aid to Mexicans in Trump era – The Boston Globe

Though their powers are limited, organizers say they are mobilizing to protect immigrants.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/12/20/miles-from-border-diplomat-offers-aid-mexicans-trump-era/JGzFHR3EiCFTR2BZNGNpAK/story.html?s_campaign=8315

Nov 2016: Pure Water of the World

We partner with rural and under-served communities, where there are high incidences of waterborne diseases and a scarcity of aid. Together, we establish comprehensive safe water solutions that include the essential tools and education to serve all community members. We provide Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) education and capacity building programs, training other organizations to accelerate access to safe water and sanitation for all. We monitor every project and program delivered, to ensure effectiveness and sustainability.  $1,478.50.

“5th Sunday” Nov 2016: Minister’s Discretionary Fund

To help those in emergency need. $500.50

Oct 2016: Turning Point Center of Addison County

The Turning Point Center  is a non-profit recovery center that provides a safe, friendly, fun, and substance-free environment where all people in recovery, and their families and friends, can meet for peer-to-peer recovery support, social activities, recovery coaching, education, and advocacy. Open: Monday – Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 5pm-9pm, and Sunday 1pm-4pm . Located at 54 A1 Creek Road, Middlebury (next to CVOEO).  Please visit  http://turningpointaddisonvt.org  and/or www.addictionhelpvt.com.  $1270.

 Sept 2016: National Museum of African American History and Culture

$1501.

August 2016: Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT)

MALT has made it their mission to conserve the working landscape, important natural areas, special open spaces, areas with key visual or aesthetic attributes, to link green spaces, where possible, and to protect water quality. MALT is celebrating 25 years of the Trail Around Middlebury, an 18-mile “emerald necklace” trail system around Middlebury known as the TAM. In addition to creating and maintaining trails, MALT has conserved over 2600 conserved acres of land, farms, forests, wetlands and recreational areas. MALT projects include: Greenbelt project, Powerhouse project, Otter View Park, and educational and recreational opportunities for all ages through sponsored hikes and naturalist talks. For more, visit maltvt.org. $552.

July 2016: Project Vote

Project Vote has made it their mission to ensure that every eligible citizen has the ability to register, vote and cast a ballot that counts. One of the most important rights of American citizens is the right to vote. Originally under the Constitution, only white male citizens over the age of 21 were eligible to vote. Today, citizens over the age of 18 cannot be denied the right to vote, regard- less of race, religion, sex, disability, or sexual orientation. The U.S. electorate this year will be the country’s most racially and ethnically diverse ever. Project Vote (projectvote.org) is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded on the belief that for a better America, it is essential to have an organized, di- verse electorate. Project Vote does not endorse political parties, candidates or issues but works to mobilize marginalized and underrepresented voters. It’s mostly focused on improving voter registration. They

  • eliminate disparities in registration rates between minorities and majorities;
  • see state governments play a leading role in registering Americans to vote;
  • ensure that constituency-based organizations can run effective voter registration drives;
  • promote voter registration laws, rules, and procedures that facilitate, rather than impede, registration;
  • ensure that list maintenance procedures do not remove eligible voters. $713

June 2016: Middsummer Lunch and Recreation Program

 $998 

May 2016: Mary Johnson Children’s Center

 $817.

April 2016: Elderly Services/Project Independence

Project Independence, a nationally recognized adult day center at Elderly Services off Exchange St, provides a closely supervised daytime home away from home for elderly adults whose independence has lessened due to chronic illness, disability, or very advanced age. Elders come from diverse backgrounds, with varying degrees of physical, cognitive, and social needs.

A staff of 80 includes activity leaders, van drivers, registered nurses, social workers, cooks, aides, and occupational therapists. Individualized care plans reflect each person’s abilities, needs, and interests. Participants rep- resent a broad range of educational backgrounds. Activities are planned for those with sharp minds as well as for those with memory problems, and include musical entertainers, creative art, cooking, word games, trivia, exercise, indoor/outdoor sport games, current events, drama group, readings, spelling bee, visits from local schools, travel talks, discussion groups, visiting pets, field trips to museums and farms, and more. Meals and transportation are also provided.

An hourly fee is established annually by the ESI Board of Directors, based on the cost of operation. Certain participants may be eligible for Veterans Administration or Medicaid waiver fee coverage. Elderly Services offers a financial aid program to make the center affordable with partial scholarship aid. Funds raised from CVUUS will go to scholarship aid. Raised $902.

March 2016: Open Door Clinic

The Open Door Clinic (Community Health Services of Addison County) provides access to quality healthcare services, free of charge, to those who are uninsured or under- insured and who meet financial eligibility guidelines; services are provided in a compassionate, respectful and culturally sensitive manner until a permanent healthcare provider can be established.

Our patients are our neighbors, friends, and family: keystone members of our community who work on and support the local farms, restaurants, and small businesses. Many of these people are unable to afford the high cost of health insurance, which leaves them highly vulnerable to illness and injury. Nearly 70% of our patients are employed, some of whom work multiple jobs just to see ends meet. In most cases, their em- ployer doesn’t offer health insurance or the premiums are far too costly. What we do here at the ODC is work to provide comprehensive primary care to support this population.

Clinics are held at 100 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT each Tuesday evening from 6:00 – 9:00pm. We also offer clinic one Friday morning each month, from 9am-12pm to accommodate those who work evenings. Clinics are also held two Thursdays per month, from 6:00 – 9:00pm at 10 North Street, Vergennes, VT.Several CVUUSers, including Heidi Sulis, serve and volunteer at Open Door Clinic.

ODC seeks volunteer Medical Professionals to increase their capacity for delivering healthcare to those in need. They also seek Medical Interpreters because over 50% of patients are native Spanish speakers. Medical Interpreters help facilitate the delivery of care and obtain first-hand experience with public health while shadowing a wide variety of healthcare professionals. They also need Administrative Assistants to help with everything from preparing charts, surveys, and paperwork for clinic to greeting patients at the front desk and helping them get settled prior to seeing a provider. They have a great need for medical translators to help with intake forms that need translation into Spanish. This can be done from the comfort of your own home or dorm room. If you’re good with children, we are always looking for people willing to look after kids while their parents seek medical attention. If you have another skill set and think it would be beneficial to share with the community, please give us a call at 388-0137. To learn more, visit opendoorclinic.org. $892

February 2016: Four UUA Affiliates

February’s collection raised $237 for Church of the Larger Fellowship, $344 for Standing on the Side of Love, $148.50 for UU-UNO, and $240.75 for UU Ministry for Earth for a total of $970.25 for UUA Affliliates.

In February we shared our plate with four UUA affiliates. These donations will give us an opportunity for growth and action provided by the numerous “mission-oriented” organizations supported by the Unitarian Universalist Association.

February 7: Church of the Larger Fellowship is the largest Unitarian Universalist congregation in the world. It is an online spiritual home where Unitarian Universalists can find supportive UU fellowship and words toinspire and comfort.

February 14: The Standing on the Side of Love Campaign amplifies anti-racism, anti- sexism, and anti-violence work and immigration reform actions by UU’s and others through online media; working in partnership with others at justice events across the country; and lobbying. V

February 21: The UU United Nations Office is the UU voice at the U.N. advocating for international human rights and giving voice to the voiceless by promoting the inherent worth and dignity of all living things. Chris Mason is the CVUUS “ambassador” to the UU-UNO.

February 28: The UU Ministry for Earth focuses on connecting and inspiring an active community of UUs for environmental justice, spiritual renewal, and shared reverence for our Earth home.

These four groups were selected from among a much larger number to give congregants examples of the resources and programs of the UUA that challenge and aid us to live our UU values. To explore the scores of other groups involved in furthering UU values go to UUA.org.

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