December Offertory Campaign Recap – Fighting Hunger and Homelessness
By Brian Halpin
Unitarian Church of Summit congregants were incredibly generous in their support of the Social Action Committee’s recent offertory plate drive. During the 4-week campaign theme of Fighting Hunger and Homelessness, over $13,000 was raised during worship services. So where did the money go? 100% of the money we collected was distributed between the six non-profit organizations listed below. These are established, well-known, vetted local non-profit agencies that Social Action Committee members have partnered and volunteered with for several years. We are deeply grateful to the congregation for their ongoing commitment to help people in need and for supporting these charities that lend a helping hand and make such a meaningful difference.
- HomeFirst – providing transitional and permanent housing for people in surrounding communities
- Community Foodbank of New Jersey – serves eight counties in the area, providing food and clothing for purchase at reduced cost to families who are in need or financially strapped
- SHIP (Summit Helps Its People) – Provides 16-30 meals daily and support for area homeless people, at the Oakes Center and at Calvary Episcopal Church
- Bridges Outreach – Since 1988, this organization has reached out to Newark, Irvington, and New York City homeless with outreach food “runs”, providing food, clothing and much needed goods to people who live on the street
- First Unitarian Society of Plainfield Food Pantry – our partner church serves hundreds of meals each month to local families
- RAIN Foundation – provides temporary / transitional housing and shelter to at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual and transvestite youth
The Social Action Committee always welcomes new members and new opportunities to celebrate and advocate for the inherent worth and dignity of all human beings. Please join us! Our monthly meetings are held upstairs in the library, on the first Tuesday of every month, from 7:30 to 9 pm.