UCN acts directly to live our principle of “justice, equity, and compassion in human relationships.” Through the Share the Plate program UCN supports, with monthly donations from offerings, humanitarian and social justice programs in the greater Milwaukee community, other Wisconsin communities, nationally and internationally. Each month, fifty percent of the cash and fifty percent of checks written to UCN with the caption “Sharing the Plate” are donated to a non-profit program that is advocating for humanitarian and social justice issues. Candidates are nominated by a member or friend of the congregation, then approved by our Social Justice Committee.
The Social Justice Committee has approved the UU Holdeen India Program as our Share the Plate recipient for the months of July and August, 2021. Under the aegis of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the UU Holdeen India Program operates in many areas of that nation and has been especially focused on vaccine delivery and relief from the effects of Covid 19.
Funded partially through income from the Holdeen family trusts, the program’s partners have been working around the clock since the beginning of the crisis. A second surge of infections since April 2021 has led to a severe shortage in oxygen, medical supplies and hospital beds. The raging virus has hit all parts of the country. Recent news from the UUA includes the statement that many of the Program partners in India are sick themselves or caring for loved ones. One of them has converted a school to provide quarantine with 100 beds and oxygen.
All of us are aware of non-profit organizations that are doing important work in addressing the significant social problems we face here in southeastern Wisconsin and beyond. Please consider nominating an organization that you feel is a worthy recipient. To do so, please obtain a form from the Social Justice mailbox in the office or contact Jean Woodmansee at firstname.lastname@example.org to send a form via email.