Share the Plate
For the month of December, UCN shares the plate with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease affecting the respiratory and digestive systems of affected children and adults. The disease leads to potentially life-threatening breathing problems and lung infections, as well as significant problems with the process of digestion.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) is a nonprofit, donor-supported organization dedicated to finding a cure for the disease, as well as developing and making medications available to help patients manage their symptoms and helping those affected by the disease to have the best quality of life possible. CFF funds more research on cystic fibrosis than any other organization in the world. Nearly every medication helping cystic fibrosis patients has been made possible by the efforts of CFF. CFF also accredits and supports the Cystic Fibrosis Care Centers, considered a model for the care of chronic illnesses by the National Institutes of Health. These care centers provide expert care at more than one hundred clinics around the country to those with cystic fibrosis. Additionally, CFF advocates for cystic fibrosis patients in the medical, research and legislative communities and provides much-needed information and support to patients and their families.
This month, UCN shares the plate with Bread for the World. Bread for the World is a collective Christian organization acting to end hunger at the global, national and local levels.
Working through churches, campuses and other organizations around the country, Bread for the World urges national leaders to end hunger. Members mobilize people to advocate for the hungry through writing personal letters and e-mails to, and meeting with, members of Congress from both political parties to change or enact legislation affecting poverty and food programs. Bread for the World also conducts research on hunger and food access issues.
While the work of Bread of the World is inspired by the teachings of the Christian faith, the organization does not discriminate against other individuals. For more information, please visit Bread for the World’s website at www.bread.org.
For the month of October, UCN shares the plate with Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity. For nearly thirty years, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity has been committed to building decent and affordable homes in cooperation with individuals and families in need of sustainable housing. Milwaukee Habitat sells the homes at no profit and provides a zero-interest mortgage to partner families, who put in hundreds of hours of "sweat equity."
This year, Milwaukee Habitat launched a new Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Milwaukee, with the goal of transforming the neighborhood into a safe, vibrant neighborhood of choice. In the next three years, they plan to build 150 new homes, rehab foreclosed properties and maintain current owner-occupied homes, as well as address issues such as public safety, youth development and home ownership rates.
Milwaukee Habitat is the largest nonprofit homebuilder in southeastern Wisconsin, having built more than 500 homes to date in 10 neighborhoods. Milwaukee Habitat helps families break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security. For more information, please visit their website, www.milwaukeehabitat.org.
The Social Justice Committee needs and accepts nominations for Share the Plate throughout the year. Please consider nominating a special program or agency you know about. A nomination form is available from the office.
How to Nominate an Organization for Share the Plate
Nominations for recipients of the SHARE THE PLATE offerings are open. If you would like to nominate your favorite non-profit program contact the church office. To nominate an organization, complete this form and return it to the church via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post:
Unitarian Church North
13800 North Port Washington
Mequon, WI 53097
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