Giving Beyond Our Walls

Each month MUUC shares 50% of the Sunday non-pledge Plate Offerings. Through this initiative we have contributed our time and donated thousands of dollars to worthy organizations, putting our 7 principles into action and working on behalf of the dignity of all people.

To learn more about each organization please click on the link on the organization’s name.

Determination of the full 2019-2010 GBOW Recipients is underway.


September 2019: Minister’s Discretionary Fund

Our minister often receives requests for emergency aid, from both within and outside our walls. This fund gives her the means to assist our friends and neighbors in their time of need.

Recipients in Previous Years:

Bread of Life Capital Campaign: “Under One Roof”, Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund, Make-A-Wish (Mass/Rhode Island), UU Urban Ministry Renewal House, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), FINCA (micro-financing), Uncommon Threads, 350 Massachusetts, United Negro College Fund, Trustees Of Reservations Massachusetts, 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)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, 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

Each item marked by an asterisk * above was a Diversity Topic Team selection, part of our “Exploring Diversity: On the Path to Understanding” 2017-2018 initiative.

From the “Exploring Diversity” initiative, we now have two Ministry Teams: Anti-Racism and Immigration.

For BLUU (Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism) there was a financial challenge to commit to donating at least $10 for every church member, which would be matched dollar-for-dollar. Melrose UU Church far exceeded the challenge, and BLUU has received millions in grants as a result of the efforts of many UU Churches and individuals and the commitment of the UUA Board of Trustees.