Sharing Our Offering

MVUUF shares 50% of its non-pledge offerings with a human service agency or similar fund. These agencies are selected by the congregation’s members under the guidance of the Social Action Committee.

Most of the agencies selected serve the Dayton area or Montgomery County and are announced before the offering is collected.

Please give generously by dropping money in the collection plate or by clicking here to go to the Online Donation form, and go to “SHARING OUR OFFERING.”

At the January 2021 congregational meeting, the congregation voted to share our non-pledge plate offering with the following organizations and funds in our new contributions year (April 2021-May 2022):

  • Dayton Young Black Professionals (DYBP)
  • House of Bread
  • Evan’s Pantry
  • Minister’s Discretionary Fund (and giving trees)
  • Gem City Market

The following organizations and funds were recipients in recent years:  Planned Parenthood, Black Lives of UU (BLUU)’s Babies & Bailouts, The Castle, Clothes That Work, Westwood PreK-6 School, the Gatlyn Dame Group, the Wesley Community Center of Dayton, and Seeds of Peace.

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About This Month’s Recipient

For the months of July, August, and September, 50% of non-pledge offerings will be given to the House of Bread.

The House of Bread is a community kitchen, founded in 1983 by a Catholic nun and a Jewish businessman, with a simple belief that no one deserved to go hungry. This simple belief guides their actions as they serve everyone who walks through their doors, ensuring that each is treated with value. They are not a faith-based agency, although many people who serve with them are guided by their individual faith and belief system.

Follow this link for more information.

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Four times a year, the Social Action Committee selects an organization to which to make a one time offering, when 100% of the non-pledge offering goes to the selected recipient. Earlier this year, the Social Action Committee selected Circles of Spirit, a community ministry that supports women who have been imprisoned. This offering was used to purchase 72-hour care packs for newly released women, often leaving with little clothing, toiletries, or money.

This offering happened on February 28th, 2021, when Rev. Alice Diebel and Rev. Jessica James presented the sermon, “The Season for Nonviolence: Restoration and Healing as an Alternative to Punishment and Control”.

For more information about Circles of Spirit, follow this link.

 

The second single Sunday offering in 2021 occurred on Sunday, June 20th.   From this date, as a response to Juneteenth, 100% of our non-pledge offering was given to the Black Mama’s Bailout fund. This Black-led collective raises funds to bail Black women out of jail. People with low incomes are often jailed before trial or conviction because they do not have the money to make bail. This practice puts Black women at high risk of losing their jobs, homes, and custody of their children. For more information, visit https://www.nationalbailout.org.