Each month, our congregation shares half the collection with an organization doing good work in the world or our local community. Members nominate and then vote on eight recipients. Our children and youth select one. 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.
In 2017, we gave over $22,400 to non-profits. Our monthly average was $1,870! Comparing the first 6 months of 2016 to 2017, our giving increased over 5 times the amount when we started to share the plate every service, every Sunday. Congratulations South Church!
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.
March 2017: Blue Ocean Society (www.blueoceansociety.org) - $1,617.22
May 2017: State Street Saloon Fire Victims - $1,000 and the Portsmouth Fire Department - $799.66
July 2017: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (www.glsen.org) - $1,155.86
September 2017: Safe Harbor Recovery Center (www.granitepathwaysnh.org/shrc) - $1,429.53
October 2017: One America Appeal (www.oneamericaappeal.org) - $2,869.93
November 2017: NH Chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (www.naminh.org) - $2,022.27
December 2017: Haven (www.havennh.org) - $1,886.29
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