Our Plate Partner program enables us to live our values by supporting local and national social justice programs and organizations. Each month, 25% of our unpledged Sunday plate offerings are donated to that month’s plate partner. Plate Partners are nominated by members of the congregation, and are voted for on the Sundays leading up to our annual congregational meeting in May.
Plate Partners are required to have non-profit status, and must be nominated by a member or friend of Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to be considered eligible. Nominations are sent to the Social Justice Council who verify eligibility and select the nominees who best reflect the values and interests of our congregation. Those nominees are voted on by all members and friends.
Each month a representative from the plate partner is invited to speak to our congregation on the first Sunday of each month, known as Justice Sunday. In the 2015-2016 service year, local artist and BUUF member Melissa “Sasi” Chambers donated a unique “tarpestry” to each plate partner. The final tarpestry, for BUUF’s Pay it Forward Fund, will be on display in our church after July 2016.
2016-2017 Plate Partners
September: SPAN (Suicide Prevention Action Network)
October: PIFF (Pay It Forward Fund for BUUF)
November: CATCH (Charitable Assistance for the Community’s Homeless)
December: Family Medical Center Refugee Program
January: Meszko (Partner Church) Scholarship Fund
February: Learning Lab
March: Planned Parenthood
April: BUUF Fund for Refugee Scholarships to Summer Camp
May: WCA (Women’s and Children’s Alliance)
June: Idaho Humane Society
July: Habitat for Humanity
August: Malheur County Search and Rescue*
*Malheur County Search and Rescue led the rescue efforts of three members of our fellowship during a river trip in the spring of 2016.