Cause of the Month
In determining 2020-21 Causes of the Month, the UUFA Social Action Committee (SAC) is inviting the members of the congregation to choose the organizations that will receive Cause of the Month funding through a two-step process.
First, any member was invited to nominate a Cause of the Month (limit one per member). Nominations opened on February 1, 2020, and closed February 20.
Second, UUFA members will then vote on the nominations. Dates for voting will be shared once UUFA is holding Sunday morning worship again.
For further information, contact Deb Brenner.
Living Our Values
Since its inception in September 2005, the UUFA Cause of the Month (CotM) program has been primarily helping groups in need in the Athens area, thus increasing the visibility and appreciation of our Fellowship in the community. In addition, several UU-affiliated programs have also been CotM.
Share the Plate
Over the past ten years, supporting the Cause of the Month has always been an integral part of UUFA. Beginning in July 2013, the congregation initiated Share the Plate. Instead of each person making an individual contribution to the Cause of the Month only on the first Sunday as in previous years, the Fellowship as a whole contributes half of the plate offering every Sunday to the Cause of the Month. Of course, the monies involved in Share the Plate do not include pledges, which are essential to fund the Fellowship’s budget.
Remember that the only funds that are truly shared between UUFA and the Cause of the Month are these monies you put in the offering plate beyond your pledge and/or beyond any other earmarked contributions.
IF you have any suggestions about what you would like to see as a UUFA SAC Cause of the Month, please contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cause of the Month
The Social Action Committee (SAC) of the UUFA determines which organizations will be Causes of the Month for the program year. When selecting local organizations, our focus is on our contribution having the maximal impact. We try to choose groups caring for diverse populations with a primary emphasis on those organizations who are empowering people to better themselves and move out of difficult circumstances in their own lives. In addition, we look at the overall list to make sure it is diverse in the groups of individuals that will be served and that it covers the essentials for life.
Guided by these considerations, our seven UU principles and the UUFA Mission and Vision statements, the SAC chooses a variety of organizations that will be supported this year.
2019-2020 Causes of the Month
(Click on the highlighted headings for a link to each organization’s website)
Every Fifth Sunday: Our partner church in Okland, Transylvania (Romania)
Over the years, UUFA has supported the congregation and its missions in a variety of ways, including establishing a bakery and a dairy, repairing and maintaining buildings, and supporting high school students. Our Share the Plate contributions will go towards providing stipends for students who are attending the Unitarian seminary and/or attending the university.
July 2019: Athens Nurses Clinic
The Athens Nurses Clinic is a non-profit 501(c)(3) health care clinic providing free evaluation, treatment, and education for acute and chronic medical and dental conditions to uninsured low-and-no income residents of Athens-Clarke County and the surrounding communities.
August 2019: The Athens Economic Justice Coalition (EJC)
The Athens Economic Justice Coalition, a multi-ethnic organization, began in 2003 as a living wage campaign group, with three strategic goals:
- Educate the public on issues of working without a living wage,
- Educate low wage and no wage workers and empower them, and
- Negotiate with authorities that can make a difference in treatment of workers.
The Athens Economic Justice Coalition was founded by UUFA member Ray MacNair. The EJC strives to get workers living wages and fights wage theft and worker abuse and also has been setting up workers’ co-ops to get people to work and teach them to run a business. This organization sponsors Freedom University, Unity, and Peachy Green Cleaning Coop and has lead voter registration and GOTV (Get Out the Vote) initiatives.
September 2019: Food 2 Kids
For many children throughout northeast Georgia, school is much more than a place to learn; it is also the only reliable source of food in their lives. Consequently, weekends become a time of uncertainty and hunger anxiety. From the time they leave school on Friday afternoons until they return Monday morning, these most vulnerable children may not know when or even if they’ll be able to get a meal.
Believing that this is unacceptable, the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia launched its childhood hunger initiative. Through this, the Food 2 Kids program evolved; a program designed to alleviate hunger on nights and weekends when other food is not available.
October 2019: The Ark
The Ark opened in 1984 with the mission to help those in need.
For the past quarter century the ark has been this community’s emergency room for individuals and families facing financial crisis.
The mission of The Ark is the same today as it was in 1989: to continue to fulfill the vision of its founders by being an efficient, effective way for the religious community to pool resources and help people find self-sufficiency with hope and self-respect in the face of economic hardship.
November 2019: The Cottage
The Cottage, Sexual Assault Center & Children’s Advocacy Center raises awareness and facilitates the healing of individuals, families and communities affected by sexual violence and child abuse.
December 2019: Community Support for Families in Crisis
Community Support for Families in Crisis provides emergency assistance and emotional support to families in crisis because of immigration detentions and deportations, fostering the creation of safe spaces for healing and responding to the trauma of forced separations of families by connecting people with community resources and broadening networks of solidarity and support. We become “buddies” for these families, guides through these difficult times, and draw on community resources to provide essential needs for families suffering the heavy tolls of immigration raids, detentions, and deportations that separate children from parents, suddenly depriving access to love, care, and vital income.
January 2020: Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement
The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement–a UUFA 2019-20 Justice Partner--advocates for racial and social justice. Equity for ALL! We aim to combat discrimination and empower citizens through education and activism. Our organization will peacefully protest prejudice and biased beliefs.
February 2020: Our Daily Bread and Family Promise of Athens
Our Daily Bread volunteers needed to serve a hot meal at 11:45 am each third Friday and to prepare the meal each third Thursday.
For more information or to volunteer, contact David Jarrett (email@example.com)
Family Promise of Athens (formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens or IHNA) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide immediate shelter and guidance to homeless families with children, due to the impact of misfortunes upon their lives. Once accepted in program, Family Promise provides food, shelter, daycare, and transportation as needed. UUFA serves as a support congregation during weeks that the guest families stay overnight at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. We provide meals, serve as van drivers, dinner hosts, overnight hosts, and weekend Day Center hosts.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Mark Hodges (firstname.lastname@example.org).
March 2020: Dignidad Inmigrante En Athens
Dignidad Inmigrante is an organization in Athens with migrant families focusing on justice and recognition for their contribution to the United States economically and culturally with our music, food, and language.
April 2020: UUA Covid-19 Response Fund and UUFA Minister’s Discretionary Fund
Gifts to the UUA’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response will be directed to our larger UU faith community to support those religious professionals and communities for whom the pandemic creates the greatest need. UUFA’s Minister‘s Discretionary Fund will be used to assist member and community requests for food, medicine, rent, and other emergency needs.
May 2020: Imagination Library
Imagination Library is a book-gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income.
June 2020: Sweet Olive Farm
Sweet Olive Farm Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as a sanctuary for a wide variety of animals! A magical farmhouse and a hundred year old barn amid rolling pastures set the scene for happily ever after for our peaceable kingdom.