What is the Community Collection?

The Community Collection allows the First Unitarian Church community to practice generosity and to support good works in our larger community and globally. These are “pass through” collections. They replace the normal offering at a Sunday worship service and generally occur once a month between October and May during the church year.

What are the results of this church year’s Community Collections?

From September 2019 to February 2020, the congregation generously gave $8,942 to support the Community Food Share, UUA United Nations Office, Loaves and Fishes, AMOR, Options, and Transylvania Partnership Church. Additionally, the congregation gave nearly $4,000 for the minister’s discretionary fund.

Who decides who receives one of the collections?

A committee of three (Social Justice Ministry liaison to the Prudential Committee and two members from the Social Justice Ministry) is responsible for receiving and approving proposals for a Community Collection. Members of the Community Collection Committee recuse themselves when considering a collection for any project with which they are closely associated.

Who is eligible?

Community Collections are limited to the support of programs sponsored by a program of the church or which involves active participation from a member of the church. In any case, there must be a group of at least three members who are willing to be a sponsoring group for a proposed collection. Collections are not intended to support ongoing programs, and no program should assume it would receive a collection for two years running.

What is the timeline for 2020 – 2021?

  • March 21, 2020 – Using the weekly e-newsletter First U Times, the Community Collection Committee notifies the congregation that it is accepting proposals for the following church year.
  • April 30, 2020 – Proposals are due.
  • May 31, 2020 – Applicants are notified if their proposal has been approved and for which month.
  • September 2020 – May 2021 – Community Collections are received. Our church administrator creates and delivers a check for the cause, charity, or project.

What information do you need for the online proposal?

  • Name of church member submitting the proposal and contact information (phone, email)
  • Name of church program or two other supporting church members who are submitting the proposal
  • Name of proposed cause, charity, or project
  • Description of cause, charity, or project (one paragraph)
  • Why you believe cause, charity, or project is worthy of support from First Unitarian Church (one paragraph)
  • Whether cause, charity, or project was approved previously and the approval date (months/years)

How do you submit a proposal?

  • Submit your proposal online by clicking here.
  • If you prefer to word process or hand-write your proposal, please call the church office to request a mailed copy of the form.

Regardless of which method you choose for submitting,
your proposal must be submitted by April 30, 2020.

For questions or more information,
contact Greg Kniseley, Social Justice Ministry Liaison
Email – mkniseley@me.com, cell – (401) 351-0358