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.

The Social Justice Council will be accepting nominations for the 2018-2019 Plate Partners.  Nominations must fit the following criteria:

  • be a 501(c)(3) organization
  • be local rather than national, although we do endorse and encourage continuing support for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood which have local affiliates that advocate for rights and policies in the Idaho Legislature
  • not have a strong religious component and/or a zealous advocate for a particular creed
  • be nominated by a BUUF member or organization
  • have a BUUF member who will be a liaison between BUUF and the organization
  • have a mission that clearly falls under one or more the UU’s 7 principles
  • fall into one or more of the following categories with the understanding that other worthy initiatives can be considered at the discretion of Social Justice Coucil:
    • racial justice
    • environmental justice
    • reproductive justice & health care
    • women’s justice
    • economic justice
    • refugee and immigrant justice
    • criminal justice reform
    • child families and youth empowerment
    • LGBT justice

Nominations are closed after receiving 32.  All the nomination were discussed and after care consideration the following 19 were chosen to be presented to the congregation for the final selection.  Details of the final voting process will be available in the near future.

  • Racial Justice
    • Inter-mountain Fair Housing Council,
      • offers legal and resource support to people facing housing discrimination
    • The Black History Museum
      • based on work on Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression/Multiculturalism
  • Environmental Justice
    • Boise River Enhancement Network
      • partners with refugees, manages the Hyatt Habitat reserve
    • Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability
      • concerned with gas and oil development and it’s effects on the environment in Idaho
  • Reproductive Justice
    • Planned Parenthood Treasure Valley
      • long history of support and they are under attack
  • Women’s Justice
    • Women’s and Children’s Alliance
      • among other things, there work to end domestic and sexual assault
    • Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
      • engaging voices to create change in the prevention, intervention and response to domestic violence, dating abuse, stalking and sexual assault.
  • Economic Justice
    • El-Ada Community Action Partnership
      • for 50 years working to reduce poverty and its effects
    • Wyakin Foundation
      • supporting wounded and injured veterans to recover and have a successful life
    • United Vision for Idaho
      • working so that everyone has access to good jobs in a financial system that places people’s needs over profit and speculation
  • Refugee and Immigrant Justice
    • Artisans for Hope
      • supporting refugees with classes and opportunities
    • Poder (Spanish for “to be able to”),
      • the group working on immigration justice
  • Criminal Justice Reform
    • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
      • believes in gun ownership while seeking solutions to decrease gun violence
    • ACLU
      • covers many justice issues that are important to us.
  • Child, Youth, and Family Empowerment
    • Camp Erin
      • provides comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction
    • Home Together, Inc
      • provides support for adults with autism
    • SnowSchool
      • connecting kids to nature through snow and snow activities
    • CATCH, Inc.
      • helps families with children get back on their feet
  • LGBTQ+ Justice
    • The Community Center
      • supporting the LGBTQA community through education, development, resources, and a safe place

Please contact the social justice coordinator, Tess Veto,  or a member of the Social Justice Council with questions and comments.