Sharing Our Donation Plate
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!
If you have a suggestion for a future donee please contact a member of the Donation Ministry: Jason Duquette-Hoffman (chair), Parker (Monty) Montgomery, Ashleigh Hickey, Barbara Karle, Chris Murphy, or Rev. Barnaby.
Dec 2018: Charter House Coalition
While most of us do not notice them, over 100 of our fellow citizens have been living in tents, cars, under bridges, and under decks this past summer. With cold weather, getting by each day becomes increasingly difficult. Thanks to volunteers, our community provides safe haven, food and other basic needs for 5 fami- lies and up to 40 individuals from early Sept through April 16. This program is possible because every win- ter several hundred individuals from Addison County contribute over 12,000 hours of volunteer time, do- nate hundreds of pounds of clothing and food, prepare 23,000 free meals, and pay for most of the cost of operating and maintaining our building.
There are many ways you can help:
- volunteer to staff Charter House during the day for 2 – 3 hour shifts or overnight (you can sleep)
- help with food prep for the dinner meal or breakfast
- donate prepared meals, bread/rolls, fruit/deserts
- donate adult size winter clothing especially socks, boots, gloves, sweat suits, underwear, warm coats
- make a contribution (Charter House Coalition, 27 North Pleasant Street, Middlebury, VT 05753)
Contact Samantha Kachmar (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Doug Sinclair (email@example.com; 989-9746) if you have questions or would like to discuss any aspects of Charter House. You can also connect with us at www.charterhousecoalition.org, facebook.com/charterhousecoalition
Nov 2018: Vermont Food Bank
The Vermont Food Bank gets food to those in need in many ways. Each year, food producers and retailers provide the Foodbank with millions of pounds of food for distribution to our neighbors in need. The Community Kitchen Academy (CKA) prepares underemployed and unemployed Vermonters for careers in the food service industry. 3SquaresVT, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need. VT Fresh increases access to fresh fruits and vegetables by offering cooking demos & taste tests to visitors at food shelves. The Gleaning Program organizes groups of volunteers to harvest and gather excess produce from farms. The Vermonters Feeding Vermonters program purchases local fruits and vegetables from VT farmers to share with our neighbors facing hunger. For more, visit vtfoodbank.org. November’s collection raised $1200 for Vermont Food Bank.
Oct 2018: Legal Fund for Honduran Family Asylum Seekers
Margy and Jordan Young’s daughter Meg has been housing the Honduran family that some of you met at the Annual Labor Day Weekend Picnic at the Stone’s Farm and that was featured in the Fall 2018 UU World Magazine. This mother and her 11 year old daughter, who are cautious about their identity, were detained at the border. Many UUs like Meg are opening homes to asylum seekers. This month’s collection will go to Meg to help defray this family’s legal expenses. As the UU World cover states and Meg believes: This is no time for casual faith. October’s collection raised $1280 for Legal Fund for Honduran Family Asylum Seekers with Meg Young
Sept 2018: Water.org
One of the major barriers to safe water and sanitation is affordable financing. Water.org addresses this barrier head-on through access to small, easily repayable loans. Every repaid loan creates a new opportunity for another family. By supporting Water.org, you are part of a solution that reaches more people. This makes your donation go further. So far, they have reached more than 13 million people – and there are millions more whom you can impact today. For more than 25 years, with your help, we’ve been providing families with hope, health and the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. For more, see https://water.org/ or speak with Jason Duquette-Hoffman, whose family traveled to Peru last winter and witnessed firsthand the challenges and importance of access to clean water in developing economies. In a region where it can take hours, and expensive fuel, to boil water, and where plastic bottles are becoming a national crisis, they experienced just a tiny fraction of the challenges faced by folks who live where clean water doesn’t run from a tap. Water.org helps families and communities build clean water infrastructure at the smallest levels through affordable microfinance.
September’s collection raised $960 for water.org and $517 for the Minister’s Discretionary Fund.
Aug 2018: Rock the Vote
Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people through pop culture, music, art, and technology. For over 25 years, Rock the Vote has been providing easy to use voter registration and supplies im- portant election information throughout the United States. For more visit, rockthevote.org. $712
July 2018: Addison County Transit Authority (ACTR)
The ACTR Dial-a-Ride program is expanding to include farm workers and needs your help!
ACTR was established in 1992 to create a network of community transportation alternatives that connect the people and places in Addison County. We provide services that are safe, reliable, accessible and affordable for everyone. ACTR is a division of Tri-Valley Transit, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organiza- tion. ACTR relies upon the generous support of individuals, businesses, towns and philanthropic organiza- tions to provide the local match required to draw down these grants. Every $1 donated to ACTR, unlocks $4 of federal money. ACTR operates two parallel and complementary transportation systems:
1) The Dial-a-Ride System takes elders and persons with disabilities, Medicaid-eligible residents and many other vulnerable populations to medical services, work, grocery stores and meal sites.
2) The ACTR Bus System is made up of six different bus routes including connections to Rutland and Burlington. For more, visit actr-vt.org. $672
June 2018: NOFA-VT Farm Share Program
NOFA-VT Farm Share Program provides financial subsidies for limited income Vermonters to help purchase CSA shares. This helps support local farms while giving folks with limited incomes access to high quality local produce . $775
May 2018: Pathways Vermont
In recognition that May is Mental Health Awareness Month, our Share the Plate recipient is Pathways Vermont. Its mission is to transform the lives of people experiencing mental health and other life challenges by supporting self directed roads to recovery and wellness in an atmosphere of dignity, respect, choice and hope. They advocate for the rights of people to live without stigma and discrimination and promote civil rights, community integration, health care, affordable housing and employment for all. To learn more about this agency, please visit http://www.pathwaysvermont.org/ $723.68
Apr 2018: Common Good Vermont
Vermont dedicated to uniting and strengthening all of the mission-driven organizations that serve the Green Mountain State. Common Good Vermont serves as the “go to” resource for our peers to share resources, gain skills, and build partnerships. This work is made possible through meaningful collaboration with many local, regional and state leaders, pointed toward a thriving nonprofit sector able to contribute to the well-being of Vermont.. Common Good Vermont focuses on increasing the leadership, accountability, sustainability and advocacy capacity of our fellow nonprofits and allies. $873.11
Also raised $229 for John Graham Shelter on our “5th Sunday” in response to an appeal from our Youth Group who did service there all year.
Mar 2018: Vermont Digger
VTDigger.org is a statewide news website that publishes watchdog reports on state government, politics, consumer affairs, business and public policy. VTDigger.org is a project of The Vermont Journalism Trust, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The two organizations merged in October 2010. VJT became the official publisher for VTDigger.org in March 2011. They post original news reporting, video, audio and photos, in addition to raw information in the form of press releases and government documents. In 2017, an average of 200,000 unique or individual readers visited the site each month. $604.72
Feb 2018: UUA Chalice Lighter Program
This funding program of UUA Clara Barton District/ New England helps congregations to implement efforts for membership growth. It is a competitive grant program funded by “Chalice Lighter” donors. The Clara Barton District sets criteria for grant applications, notifies congregations about the program, reviews applications, and awards grants. After grantees are chosen, the call goes out for monetary support from pledged Chalice Lighter donors. Within a year of the award, recipient congregations are required to file an assessment report with the district of how funds were used. Grants are made twice each fiscal year – fall and spring. Currently under development is an online crowdfunding platform called Faithify which will be used to distribute CBD Chalice Lighter pledges. To stay updated on our progress, “Like” Faithify on Facebook! Funding guidelines will remain focused on growth and innovation in and beyond our congregations. Keep an eye out for application details via district email blasts! Meanwhile, if you have questions, contact the Rev. Sue Phillips, District Executive. Also visit uua.org/new –England. $194. We also donated $286.70 to Church of the Larger Fellowship (online congregation), and $513.50 to UUBC (newest church).
Jan 2018: Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity
Strengthens inclusive and equitable practices in Vermont businesses, state and municipal government, school districts, and communities-at-large as a means to eliminate prejudice and discrimination of all kinds. driving force behind The Vermont African American Heritage Trail, The Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future Initiative, and The Think Tank for Vermont Leaders of Color. For more visit, www.vermontpartnership.org. $615
Dec 2017: Earthjustice
Provides free legal aid to individuals and groups of citizens confronting large corporations and government agencies involved in environmentally hazardous or unsustainable activities. See www.earthjustice.org. $1078
Christmas Eve 2017: HOPE & Clergy Rental Fund
HOPE is a local non-profit whose mission is to reduce the effects of poverty in Addison County by providing low-income residents with opportunities for becoming more self reliant. The Clergy Rent Fund, an initiative of the Middlebury Area Clergy Association, helps people seeking housing by providing small loans to assist with security deposits. Your support of our often unseen neighbors is greatly appreciated. $1466
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. $1,897
Oct 2017: Doctors Without Borders
Follow Dr. Morris Earle’s mission in Lebanon at cedarmountain.tumblr.com
Crop Walk of Addison County
Raised $27,845 in no small part because of CVUUS.
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
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.
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
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
May 2016: Mary Johnson Children’s Center
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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