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Community Outreach

Our congregation reaches out to the local community and the wider world in many ways.

2013-2014 Share the Plate Applications

The Social Impact Committee is pleased to offer an application for our 2013-2014 Share the Plate program year to selected not for profit organizations that provide services supporting our UU Principles. Each Sunday, one-half of the cash donation offerings will be shared with one of the selected not for profit groups. The Social Impact Committee reviews the applications, decides which groups are approved and the number of weeks the groups will be designated for the offering.
All applications must be returned by July 31, 2013. All current year agencies will be sent applications.
The application form can be downloaded here, or one may contact Karen Rose at communityseeker97@yahoo.com or office@peoriauuchurch.org to request an application.
The application cover letter can be downloaded here.

Share the Plate

When we take the collection each Sunday, we give away half of the non-designated cash to a charitable or social service organization. In one recent church year, we gave away over $5,000. Recipients have included:
  • CASA of Peoria County
  • Center for Prevention of Abuse
  • Central Illinois FRIENDs of People with AIDS
  • Children's Home Association of Illinois
  • Common Place
  • Culture Change Coalition
  • Gifts in the Moment
  • Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria Area
  • Interfaith Alliance of Central Illinois
  • Look. It's My Book!
  • Peoriarea Blind People's Center
  • Planned Parenthood of Illinois
  • Prairie State Legal Servivces
  • Proyecto Empoderiamente
  • Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp
  • Unitarian Universalist Association
  • UU Service Committee- Guest at Your Table
  • Wholesome Food Fund

More Ways We Help Others

  • The children in our Sunday school classes take part in their own social impact projects, such as cooking for the Food Not Bombs program.
  • We participate in a youth mentoring program in partnership with the Children’s Home Association of Illinois.
  • We collect items for local food pantries.
  • Our church is a member of the Illinois Peoples's Action (CIOP/IPA), an ecumenical organization that works for justice in local communities.
  • Our Covenant Circles plan and carry out community service projects.
  • Our church supports and encourages the many individuals in our congregation who are active in social service, social justice, and environmental causes, professionally or as volunteers.

Social Impact Committee

The Social Impact Committee leads our impact and social justice efforts. The committee is responsible for:
  • Bringing the congregation information about social justice issues.
  • Presenting the congregation with opportunities for social action.
  • Advocating for existing social issue programs that reflect our UU values.
  • Coordinating the Share the Plate program.
  • Working with other church groups on social impact programs.
  • Helping to coordinate direct assistance efforts, when possible.