Check ceremonies with our past Plate Partners. Click on the slide to learn more about each organization.
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.
2019-2020 Plate Partners & Spiritual Themes
Expectation | Immigration Justice Idaho
In October of 2018, Immigrant Justice Idaho became Idaho’s only agency recognized by the Department of Justice as both a Free Legal Service Provider and Referral Service. Founded by Maria E. Andrade, the principal attorney of Andrade Legal, Immigration Law, IJI fills a colossal gap in Idaho’s immigration legal services available to low income Idahoans: free or low cost removal (deportation) defense. IJI will consult with individuals called to immigration court, and represent individuals in immigration court through attorneys, accredited representatives and volunteers.
IJI will carry on the collaborative work of Andrade Legal advocating for just and humane immigration reform and provide accessible, timely, and culturally appropriate education on immigration law and policy to the public. In addition, IJI will provide the existing Idaho attorney bar with local, affordable training to broaden the competency of attorneys and law students whose immigration law training options are often cost prohibitive due to travel, lodging, and registration costs.
Belonging | Meszko 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.
Attention | Citizens’ Climate Lobby
CCL empowers everyday people to work together on climate change solutions. Our supporters are organized in more than 400 local chapters across the United States. Together we’re building support in Congress for a national bipartisan solution to climate change.
Awe | Interfaith Sanctuary & GrUUB Club
Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter serves people of all genders, races, religions, and sexual orientation, as well as families with children, by providing safe overnight emergency shelter and practical services to transition out of homelessness.
Integrity | Planned Parenthood
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.
Resilience | Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline
Jannus, Inc. is excited to be managing the Suicide Prevention Hotline for Idaho. Idaho ranks in the top 10 in suicide rates nationally, but was the only state without an accredited statewide suicide hotline. The Hotline launched on November 26th, 2012 and handles calls from throughout the state. The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline (ISPH) is committed to the prevention of suicide in Idaho. The Hotline provides crisis intervention, emotional support, linkages to local services, and/or follow-up for persons with potential suicide risk factors, empowering callers to look at options and make their own decisions.
Wisdom | CATCH
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.
Liberation | Jesse Tree
Thresholds | 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.
Compassion | Giraffe Laugh
We are a local non-profit that provides early care and education to young children by ensuring school readiness, empowering families and building strong futures. We want every child in the Treasure Valley has access to quality early care and education and all parents are supported through the early years of parenthood regardless of age or income. We know by ensuring kids are ready for kindergarten and empowering families, we are building strong futures every day.
No Theme | 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.
No Theme | The BUUF Pay it Forward Fund (PIFF)
The Rev. Elizabeth Greene Pay it Forward Fund (PIFF) was created approximately thirteen 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 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.