About Our Plate Partner Program
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.
On the first Sunday of each month, known as Justice Sunday, a representative from the plate partner organization is invited to speak to our congregation about how dang awesome they are. There is a lot of good work being done in our community and we affirm that work through our Plate Partner program.
2018-2019 Plate Partners & Spiritual Themes
Vision | American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Idaho
The ACLU of Idaho is located in Boise. While we are an independent entity, we also serve as a local affiliate to the national American Civil Liberties Union. We implement legal, legislative and public education programs in conjunction with large numbers of volunteers to advance the ACLU’s goals of liberty and justice for all. A statewide Board of Directors sets policy, raises funds, and provides legal and fiduciary oversight. The ACLU of Idaho is made up of six full time employees, and is supported by an expanding base of members, interns and volunteers. We believe that the freedom of press, speech, assembly, and religion, and the rights to due process, equal protection and privacy, are fundamental to a free people.
Sanctuary | PODER
To support DACAmented and Undocumented people through actions and events. PODER, the Spanish verb meaning “to be able to”, stands for Protecting Our Dreams and Empowering Resilience. PODER is an up-and-coming nonprofit that receives organizational aid through the Idaho Organizing Project and the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Memory | Idaho Black History Museum
Housed in the historic St. Paul Baptist Church building and located in Boise Julia Davis Park. The museum presents exhibits and provides educational and community outreach programs including lectures, films, workshops, literacy programs, and musical performances. The museum’s purpose is to build bridges between cultures to explore issues that affect Americans of all cultures and ethnicity.
Mystery | Planned Parenthood of Idaho
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI) is a nonprofit family planning agency that provides high-quality, affordable reproductive health care for women, men, and teens. Many of our patients have no other health care available to them. – See more at the web site of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands.
Possibility | Women’s and Children’s Alliance
For more than 30 years, the Women’s & Children’s Alliance (WCA) has been at the forefront of providing services to women, men and their children healing from domestic abuse and sexual assault. Since its founding, the WCA’s crisis program has evolved into one of the most vital, unduplicated, comprehensive programs in our community and region. The WCA is proud to be a community leader in providing these critically needed services. We’ve been an important community partner for more than 100 years and providing safe places for women to live has always been at the core of our mission.
Trust | Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Moms Demand Action supports the 2nd Amendment, but we believe common-sense solutions can help decrease the escalating epidemic of gun violence that kills too many of our children and loved ones every day. Whether the gun violence happens in urban Chicago, suburban Virginia, or rural Texas, we must act now on new and stronger gun laws and policies to protect our children. Moms Demand Action envisions a country where all children and families are safe from gun violence. We are educating, motivating, and mobilizing supporters to take action that will result in stronger laws and policies to save lives.
Journey | Mészkő Partner Church Scholarship Fund
Since January 2012, thanks to the generosity of members and friends of our fellowship, we have been able to fund scholarships for roughly half the tuition and expenses to help the youth of our partner congregation in Mészkő, Romania. Education is one long-term strategy to deal with the rapid social and economic changes in Eastern Europe, but going to college means paying tuition and expenses of approximately $1,000 per year. This is beyond the reach of many families in Mészkő. The subsidies provided by our scholarship program have made it possible for twelve students from our partner church to attend university.
Wholeness | Catch, Inc.
Charitable Assistance To Community’s Homeless (CATCH), Inc. is committed to re-housing and serving homeless families with children. CATCH, Inc. programs support families for up to six months with rental assistance and intensive case management. The CATCH program model represents an unprecedented public/private partnership between regional government, area congregations of faith, local businesses, and strategic charitable organizations.
Curiosity | Boise River Enhancement Network (BREN)
To promote the ecological enhancement of the Boise River,” and they fulfill this by enabling the enactment of the Boise River Enhancement Plan, which is a “community-generate, informative, forward-looking Plan to improve water quality, aquatic and riparian habitat and stream channel function from Luck Peak Dam to the Snake River.
Beauty | Artisans for Hope
Artisans for Hope is a volunteer based, community nonprofit founded to help refugees in the resettlement city of Boise, Idaho to develop a skill base, language acquisition, and community knowledge needed for them to become productive and contributive in their new community. Artisans for Hope builds on traditional cultural textile skills, provides classes and supplies to expand those skills, hands-on business training, and access to opportunities to market handcrafted items through various sales venues and partnerships.
No Theme | Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
Our mission is to engage voices to create change in the prevention, intervention, and response to domestic violence, dating abuse, stalking, and sexual assault. The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence works to be a leader in the movement to end violence against women and girls, men and boys – across the life span before violence has occurred – because violence is preventable. Our work is to create healthy relationships and compassionate communities.
No Theme | The BUUF Pay it Forward Fund (PIFF)
The Rev. Elizabeth Greene Pay it Forward Fund (PIFF) was created approximately seven years ago to address a need among our own BUUF community for short-term emergency financial assistance. PIFF is the recipient of the social justice outreach plate offerings in October of each year and is available to support BUUF members and friends through the generosity of those who donate. Over the years, funds have helped members and friends stay in their homes, pay for groceries, utilities, medical expenses, and other basic needs of living.