Giving & Congregational Philanthropy
The UUFH is a generous congregation.
Suggestions of worthy beneficiaries are always welcome. The Beyond Our Walls Committee regularly reviews applications with preference for local community groups and charities with connections to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington.
Beyond our Walls
Through the Beyond Our Walls programs, our congregation is able to live our values by supporting organizations in need. We do this through the Split Plate and the BOW grant.
Over the past congregational year (2012-2013), Split Plate contributions totaled over $11,000. We are a generous congregation and are proud to be able to help our community.
Our grant recipients for 2013 are:
Soldier’s Project/ An Afternoon of R& R for Military Women: $2,200
This program is aimed at supporting female troops who, in addition to facing the trauma of war, also face sexual abuse. Through this day of relaxation and ongoing mental help support, this program will provide services these women need. Look for opportunities to further support this program through our RE classes and through volunteering to share your talents for the event.
North Shore Holiday House-New Science Center: $1,400
Holiday House provides a free, sleep away camp to impoverished girls ages 7-11. With help from our funding, a science program aimed at instilling interest and confidence to pursue science, math, and technology careers will be added to the summer camp curriculum. This science and discovery center will help to enrich the girls’ experience. Ask about volunteer opportunities at this camp.
LI Commmunity Argriculture Network/Gateway Garden $1,000
We are proud to once again give support to this successful community garden in Huntington Station. Funds will be used to hire a garden mentor who will work with gardeners and children’s groups. We wish the Gateway growers continued success.
Give to Grow Garden: $770:
A UUFH project aimed at building congregational community while donating fresh food to local food banks. There is much to do to get our garden growing and volunteers are needed. Check the Beacon and Flash for updates and volunteer opportunities.
Dutabare Foundation: $500
Given in support of the program to help start an HIV/AIDS education and medical support program in Burundi.
Charity of the Month
(also called the “Split Plate”)
A number of programs, projects and charities are the regular beneficiaries of donations from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington. Some generosity is from grants and direct financial contributions, some is from special fundraising such as “split plates” and some is from special initiatives such as food drives.
L.I. Council of Churches
The UUFH is a member of the L.I. Council of Churches, an interfaith network.
Guest At Your Table
This fall season fundraiser invites families to put contributions into a collection box at home and return them to support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC).
This local not-for-profit group works to ensure safe, decent affordable housing.
The UUFH foyer contains a bin for food donations that are delivered weekly to the Huntington Food Pantry.
During Christmas Eve services, donated mittens, scarves, etc. provide Christmas tree decorations that are given to the Ministries of Coram, a community information and referral agency.
Long Island Multi-Faith Forum
This Long Island Council of Churches project is aimed at providing education about varied religious groups. UUFH participates with panels of speakers who speak at schools and churches.
Partner Church Program
The UUFH has a partner church, the Unitarian Parish in Nagvarad, Romania.
Star Child Program
During the holiday season, families pick a name from the Star Child list and select a gift to be taken to the Family Service League’s Toy Boutique, where disadvantaged parents can shop for gifts for their children.