UU Wellesley has recently begun a "plate collection experiment," a challenge to the congregation to increase overall giving.  Since October 2016, all Sunday plate collections have been generally split equally between supporting our social justice efforts and supporting our operating budget, though one may designate a contribution solely for one purpose or the other.  Our Social Justice Council chooses the beneficiaries of the "social justice portion" of collections.  These are usually organizations in which we play an active role or which have a denominational affiliation.  Many of our recipients are organizations with which we are actively involved as the result of a Social Justice Ministry Team initiative or youth Service-Learning trip. At times, the Social Justice Council may sponsor plate collections in response to other, critical and specific needs that arise (e.g. supporting natural disaster victims) or to honor the focus of a social justice-themed worship service.

 Social Justice Plate Collection Recipients for 2016-17

September 11:               OUT MetroWest
September 18:               N/A (Plate went to the UU Wellesley operating budget.)
September 25:               N/A
October 2:                      Camp Starfish projects
October 9:                      Camp Starfish projects

October 16:                    UU Wellesley Green Sanctuary Fund
October 22:                    UU Wellesley Green Sanctuary Fund
October 30:                    UU Service Committee (Haiti Relief)
November 6:                  UU Service Committee (Haiti Relief)
November 13:                Bristol Lodge cooking
November 20:                Bristol Lodge cooking
November 27:                Standing Rock Sioux Nation (Oceti Sakowin Camp)
December 4:                  Standing Rock Sioux Nation (Oceti Sakowin Camp)
December 11:                Malala Fund
December 18:                Malala Fund
Christmas Eve:              UNICEF (100% of collection will benefit Syrian refugee children)
December 25:                UNICEF
January 1:                      Transylvanian Partner Church
January 8:                      Transylvanian Partner Church
January 15:                    Int'l Council of UUs, Burundi Relief Fund
January 22:                    Int'l Council of UUs, Burundi Relief Fund
January 29:                    OUT MetroWest
February 5:                    OUT MetroWest
February 12:                  UU Urban Ministry/Believe in Success program
February 19:                  UU Urban Ministry/Believe in Success program
February 26:                  Family Promise
March 5:                         Family Promise
March 12:                      Green Sanctuary designee
March 19:                      Green Sanctuary designee
March 26:                      Camp Starfish projects
April 2:                           Camp Starfish projects
April 9:                           Bristol Lodge cooking                
April 16:                         Bristol Lodge cooking
April 23:                         Family Promise Metrowest                          
April 30:                         Family Promise Metrowest
May 7:                            UU Urban Ministry              
May 14:                          UU Urban Ministry                 
May 21:                          UU Service Committee              
May 28:                          UU Service Committee
June 4:                            Transylvanian Partner Church
June 11:                          Transylvanian Partner Church                           
June 18:                          TBD