In September 2010, the UUCG Board of Trustees launched the “Give Away the Plate” (GATP) ministry as a means for the congregation to further its UU principles, demonstrate generosity, and engage with good works in the community.
Currently, one half of each Sunday’s plate collection is given away. Every three months, a new recipient is selected from recommendations made by members of UUCG.
Besides supporting local organizations, GATP has also responded to special appeals from the UUA or to UUSC international relief efforts.
Current Plate Recipient:
Uniting for Change
During the April-thru-June quarter of 2022, Uniting for Change will receive one half of all Sunday morning plate donations. This is a grassroots self-advocacy network for individuals in Georgia who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization strongly believes that disabled persons should not be kept in institutions. It advocates for equal rights, equal opportunity, decision making, and respect for privacy. The network is led by a group of self-advocacy leaders who mentor and teach across the state. The main office is in Winder, GA.
Find more information about them on their website, here: https://www.uniting4change.org/
Who can nominate a charitable organization for GATP?
UUCG members, youth, the minister, and staff may nominate an organization. Nominations can be made by email, or by completing a nomination form (available at UUCG).
Who approves charities for GATP?
The Give Away the Plate Committee prioritizes nominations and approves recipients based on confirmation of eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and all available information. The team also seeks to ensure that a diverse range of charitable missions are supported by UUCG.
What are the requirements for an eligible entity?
- The organization is recognized as a nonprofit charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and said status is verified. Individuals, trade associations and lobbying organizations are not eligible.
- The organization’s work aligns with the Unitarian Universalist Principles and Purposes.
- A non-UU entity is eligible to be a GATP recipient 12 months after its last award.
Desired characteristics of potential recipients:
- The organization has a history of significant achievements and shows signs of future success.
- The organization has volunteer or engagement opportunities for UUCG members and friends.
- The organization has local impact.
- UUCG member(s) are or have been actively involved on a regular basis.
If you are inspired by or involved with an organization who serves our local area and whose work aligns with UU principles and purposes, please let us know! We are actively seeking worthy charitable organizations that can be truly impacted by the generosity of our members. Ideal candidates will also have the potential to actively involve UUCG members in their work. Nomination forms are located on the fundraising bulletin board in the hallway. You can email your nominations or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the Give Away the Plate committee will contact you. Share your gratitude for the good work of others with us as we expand our compassion into our community!
For more information, please email the Give Away the Plate Team.
Nominations Pending Review
- (none pending at this time)
Plate Collection History
- $197.38 for New Life Technology Group
- $606.25 for El Refugio
- $828.13 for Rainbow Village
- $963.37 for MOSAIC Georgia
- $1750.48 for Georgia Innocence Project for 4th quarter of 2015
- $841.22 for Guest At Your Table
- $366 for Minister’s Discretionary Fund
- $1249.09 for Positive Impact Health Centers for 3rd quarter of 2015
- $991.41 for Sunshine on a Ranney Day 2nd quarter of 2015
- $833 for UUSC and UUA Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund
- $1,152.57 for Freedom University through their fiscal sponsor “Southeners on New Ground” for 1st Quarter 2015
- $280.10 on February 22 for “Remembering Selma” event at UUCA on March 4
- $1,043 for Minister’s Discretionary Fund
- $429.53 Guest at Your Table
- $1,480.88 for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Gwinnett (4th quarter recipient)
- $18.83 UNICEF
- $1005.47 for Friends of Gwinnett Senior Services (3rd Quarter recipient)
- $1,043.69 for Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center – Children’s Advocacy Center (2nd Quarter recipient)
- $87 for Ahimsa House (September 13)
- $702.55 for Minister’s Discretionary Fund (June 8)
- $1,145.66 for Gwinnett Children’s Shelter (1st Quarter 2014)
- $332.00 for Standing on the Side of Love (February 16)
- $604.94 Christmas Eve: Minister’s Discretionary Fund
- $464.34 for UUSC – Guest At Your Table (12/22/13-01/31/2014)
- $147.00 on December 15 for Chalice Lighters: Emerson UU
- $173.01 for Interweave Continental (December 8)
- $752.62 for UUA-UU Service Committee Philippines Crises Fund (November 24)
- $235.58 for the UU Animal Ministry (November 10)
- $485.00 for the UUCG Endowment Fund (October 27)
- $198.35 for Mountain Retreat and Learning Center (October 20)
- $260.30 for UUA Join the Move Initiative (October 6)
- $738.26 for Rainbows for All Children (Collected 3rd quarter: July 14 & 21, August 4, September 8 & 29)
- $273.00 for Minister’s Discretionary Fund
- $957.00 for Ahimsa House (Collected 2nd Quarter: April 21, April 28, May 12, June 9 and June 30)
- $444.00 for UU Oklahoma Relief Fund (May 26)
- $568.00 for El Refugio (Collected 3/17/2013)
- $419.70 for Burundi Fire Relief Appeal (Collected 02/10/2013)
- $819.32 for Partnership Against Domestic Violence (Collected 1st quarter: Jan 27, Feb 24, March 10& 24)