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Visit the UUCM Happenings Page for weekly Social Justice updates.
Homelessness and Housing Selected as
UUCM’s Social Justice Focus for 2020
The UUCM Social Justice Ministry Team is excited to announce that Homelessness and Housing will be our congregational focus for the year. We spent a good deal of time discerning the many issues that call us and the purpose of congregational-based social justice work. We believe having one primary focus area will help UUCM increase our community connections and have a measurable impact on an issue. Learn more on UUCM Happenings.
Every Sunday, UUCM donates the entire open offering to a social justice cause, with different organizations chosen each month. Since we began this practice in 2010, UUCM has raised and dispersed over $120,000 to more than 60 different organizations. The recipient of grants from this fund are chosen by the Social Justice Ministry and our Minister, with input from the congregation.
How to Donate: You can donate online using PayPal or a credit card at bit.ly/giveuucm. You may also mail a contribution to UUCM at 2030 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata MN 55391. Simply make your check out to "UUCM" with "Social Generosity" in the memo line.
If you would like to submit a suggestion, please fill out this online form. The congregation's current focus is on issues related to housing and homelessness, so related nominations will take precedence.
Recent and Upcoming Donations:
NOVEMBER: 25th Annual IOCP Sleep Out Campaign
OCTOBER: Ain Dah Yung Center
SEPTEMBER: Water Legacy $1,390
AUGUST: Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance (MUUSJA), and specifically their support of the UU the Vote campaign in Minnesota. $1,510
JULY: Bridging $2,285
JUNE: Avenues for Youth $2,479
MAY: The Link $1,550
APRIL: Minister's Discretionary Fund $8,200
MARCH: MN Food Share and IOCP’s Prevent Hunger Campaign $2,446
FEBRUARY: Hope House $1,765
JANUARY 2020: Minneapolis Foundation - Drake Hotel Fire Support Fund $1,896
Here is a slideshow that highlights stories and messages of thanks from offering recipients over the last year, and displays the power of generosity as we share our resources with others.
(For a full listing of previous recipients please contact the office)
Our annual Stewardship Campaign, “Growing 2030 Possibilities” is happening right now! Your pledge will help us reach our goals of 125 pledges and a total of $355,000. This is a great time to invest your time, talent, and treasure into UUCM. Membership is increasing, programs are expanding, and a new Minister is arriving next year. Your gifts are critical to furthering our mission. Complete information about the campaign and our preliminary budget may be found in this Stewardship Packet, and you can donate online at bit.ly/uucmpledge.
For more than 50 years, UUCM has relied on the generosity of our members and our friends to finance the church and fund our mission. Thank you for considering a gift to UUCM. Your gift will directly support the mission, ministries, and programs of the church. To learn more about making charitable financial contributions, please download our UUCM Giving Guide. If you would like to make an online donation with a credit card, please visit our GiveMN Page and follow the instructions to donate to our Operating Fund or Building Fund. Checks may be mailed to UUCM, 2030 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391. For other methods of giving, including pledges, automatic withdrawals, and stock transfers, please consult the UUCM Giving Guide. As a growing church with a brand-new building, we are planting the seeds of many wonderful future possibilities. Your gift will help us grow these possibilities and enable UUCM to live out its mission, “In a spirit of wonder and courageous love, we connect, grow, and act.”
UUCM established a Building Fund in 2007 for money used to fund construction of our new building at 2030 Blvd East. So far, we have raised over $2.9 million. While the project was completed in 2017, we still need donations as we pay off our loans, and do a variety of follow-up projects.
Special fundraisers are held throughout the year to support some other specific causes within the church. The largest such fund is the Youth Fund, which supports special programming for Children and Youth, including the annual youth leadership school and youth trips (e.g. Heritage trip to Boston, General Assembly, service trips). Each week loose change in the offering basket goes to youth fund activities.
UUCM has established an endowment fund to accept legacy gifts and provide a strong financial foundation for the future of the church. Consider making provisions for a legacy gift to the endowment fund in your will.
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