Each month, our congregation shares half the collection with an organization doing good work in the world or our local community.
The congregation chooses recipient organizations. Adults members nominate and then vote on eight recipients. Our children and youth select one, which they will do at their April Children's Chapel. Our Social Justice Associates select one. And two are left to the discretion of the ministers - often allocated to unforeseen emergent needs, such as natural disasters or humanitarian relief.
The recipient organizations for April 2017 through March 2018 are: (Not including the children and ministers' picks)
1. Planned Parenthood (www.plannedparenthood.org) - Planned Parenthood is an organization that provides reproductive health services both in the United States and globally. PP of New England is the largest reproductive health care and sexuality education provider and advocate in Northern New England.
2. Chase Home for Children (www.chasehome.org) - Chase Home for Children, in Dover, NH is dedicated to providing supportive and restorative residential and family services to at-risk youth in a safe and nurturing environment.
3. Seacoast Family Promise (www.seacoastfamilypromise.org) - Seacoast Family Promise's mission is to empower families with children experiencing homelessness to achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.
4. NH Chapter of National Alliance of Mental Illness (www.naminh.org) - NAMI New Hampshire is comprised of a network of affiliate chapters and support groups, staff and volunteers, and they provide information, education and support to all families and communities affected by mental illness.
5. Families First (www.familiesfirstseacoast.org) - Families First is a leader in integrated care and offers high-quality healthcare, dental care, and parent and family programs, all in one location. They provide a broad range of health and family services, regardless of the ability to pay.
6. Crossroads House (www.crossroadshouse.org) - Crossroads House provides secure, transitional shelter and a proven program that helps our residents move with dignity and purpose to stable, decent housing.
7. Womenaid of Greater Portsmouth (www.womenaidportsmouth.org) - Founded in 2005, Womenaid of Greater Portsmouth provides short-term financial assistance to neighbors in need when they have nowhere else to turn. Womenaid helps those who have suffered a small financial loss which could be overwhelming to them.
8. Haven (www.havennh.org) - a recent merger of A Safe Place and SASS, Haven has become the largest nonprofit agency in New Hampshire, providing support services and prevention education to those impacted by sexual and domestic violence.
9. NH Chapter of GLSEN (www.glsen.org/chapters/newhampshire) - The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network of New Hampshire believes that all schools should be safe and welcoming for all students, regardless or actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. This is done through the inclusion of clubs and organizations that foster support for LGBT individuals and their allies.
Nominations for the next cycle of Shared Collection offerings are accepted in January 2018, voting takes place in early February and the recipient organizations are announced in March.
More information about the current year can be found on our Social Justice Associates page.
Our 2016 organizations were:
January 2016: Fuel and More (www.fuelandmore.com) $654.00
February 2016: Crossroads House (www.crossroadshouse.org) $539.50
March 2016: Womenaid of Greater Portsmouth (www.womenaidportsmouth.org) $384.00
April 2016: Seacoast Family Promise (www.seacoastfamilypromise.org) $1200.00
May 2016: CASA of New Hampshire (www.casanh.org) $417.50
June 2016: Big Creek People in Action (www.bigcreekpeopleinaction.org) $627.13
July 2016: Kittery Land Trust (www.kitterylandtrust.org) $610.52
August 2016: NH Chapter of Mom's Demand Action (www.momsdemandaction.org) $390.50
September 2016: Seacoast Family Food Pantry (www.seacoastfamilyfoodpantry.org) $1678.80
October 2016: Dover Prison Project (http://co.strafford.nh.us/family-reception-area) $2298.75
November 2016: UUSC - Haiti Relief (www.uusc.org) $2498.08
December 2016: Crossroads House (www.crossroadshouse.org) $1633.74