Giving Beyond Our Walls

Our 2018-2019 GBOW program is underway and will be publicized in October. Please read on, to learn about our program, and what we did in 2017-2018.

Over a decade ago ( !!) the MUUC Board proposed an initiative titled “Giving Beyond Our Walls”. Each month we share 50% of the Sunday non-pledge Plate Offerings. Through this initiative we have supported the work of many worthy causes in our community and beyond.

Thanks to all who have contributed their time and dollars in prior months and years. MUUC has donated thousands of dollars to worthy organizations, putting our 7 principles into action and working on behalf of the dignity of all people.

About Our 2017-2018 GBOW Program:

MUUC dedicated the 2017-2018 church year to exploring diversity together. More information can be found on this important subject on our “Exploring Diversity: On the Path to Understanding” web page (including information about each diversity topic). In conjunction with this diversity initiative, several of our GBOW recipient organizations were selected by Diversity Topic Teams. Each item marked by an asterisk * below for 2017-2018 is a Diversity Topic Team selection.

Recipients in 2017-2018:

MUUC Minister’s Discretionary Fund, Housing Famiies, *The Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL)*Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES), *Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU), *Year Up, *North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth (nAGLY), *VISIONS (promotes diversity)

Note that for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalists (BLUU), there was a financial challenge, asking that each church commit to donating $10 for every member. Melrose far exceeded the amount needed to meet that challenge, and we continue onward with that commitment, in our worship, our programming, and our actions.

Recipients in Previous Years:

Bread of Life, Elizabeth Stone House, Melrose Mayor’s Emergency Fund, Habitat For Humanity, Housing Families, HomeStart, Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM), Project COPE, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD), Lucy’s Love Bus, Friends of the Fells, Melrose Humane Society, Melrose Alliance Against Violence, The Children’s Room, ROCA, Papaye Peasant Movement, Hope For Our Sisters, National Alliance on Mental Illness, MassBike, UUSC/UUA Refugee Crisis Fund, UU Ministry Bethany House, UU Church Of The Philippines, Extras for Creative Reuse, Gulf Coast Volunteers for the Long Haul, Center for Coastal Studies (Cape Cod & surrounding ecosystems), Boston Area GleanersUU Urban MinistryImmigrant Learning CenterHomes for Our TroopsChange Is SimpleCommunity Legal Services and Counseling Center, MUUC Minister’s Discretionary Fund