Share the Plate
For the month of March, UCN shares the plate with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI). PPWI is dedicated to empowering all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health through patient services, education and advocacy. PPWI opened its first clinic in Milwaukee in 1935, and currently is the state's largest provider of reproductive health services.
PPWI advocates for women and families by fighting to protect access to comprehensive reproductive health care and education. PPWI also provides thorough and medically accurate education about sexuality to teens and adults. Additionally, many health services are offered, such as annual gynecological exams, cancer screenings (including breast and testicular exams and Pap tests), birth control, pregnancy testing and counseling, abortion care, and HIV and STD testing, counseling and treatment. PPWI fills a void by providing care to many people in the state who do not have health insurance, cannot afford these services, or live in an area of the state that is under-served by health care providers. Individuals are never turned away because of an inability to pay for the care provided.
In February, UCN shares the plate with Friends of Ngong Road. The mission of Friends of Ngong Road is to provide support and education for children in Nairobi, Kenya whose families have been affected by poverty and HIV / AIDS.
UCN has had a longstanding relationship with Friends of Ngong Road. Since 2008, the congregation has sponsored a little girl named Veronicah Chemwitch. This is due to the efforts and personal involvement of Vicki Fuerstenau, who introduced the congregation to the program. Through UCN's sponsorship of Veronicah, funds contributed have helped pay for her school expenses, such as her school uniform and shoes, as well as her medical expenses and meals.
To learn more about Friends of Ngong Road, as well as to read more stories about children like Veronicah who are helped by the program, please visit www.ngongroad.org.
For the month of January, UCN shares the plate with the Himalayan Institute. The Himalayan Institute's humanitarian mission is "yoga in action", providing spiritually-grounded healing and transformation to the world, with the values of empowerment, sustainability, and holistic solutions at its core. While early initiatives were primarily undertaken in India and Nepal, more recent efforts have expanded to serve impoverished communities on the African continent, in India, in Mexico, and in Tibetan settlements, and areas of concentration include education, healthcare and the environment. Projects include providing health education and preventive care, establishing libraries for the public, providing funding for rural schools to make needed repairs and provide classroom materials, and educating and implementing "energy farming" for rural farmers in order to cultivate biofuel and develop sustainable tree plantations. For more information about the Himalayan Institute's humanitarian mission, please visit the www.himalayaninstitute.org/humanitarian/.
For the month of December, UCN shares the plate with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease affecting the respiratory and digestive systems of affected children and adults. The disease leads to potentially life-threatening breathing problems and lung infections, as well as significant problems with the process of digestion.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) is a nonprofit, donor-supported organization dedicated to finding a cure for the disease, as well as developing and making medications available to help patients manage their symptoms and helping those affected by the disease to have the best quality of life possible. CFF funds more research on cystic fibrosis than any other organization in the world. Nearly every medication helping cystic fibrosis patients has been made possible by the efforts of CFF. CFF also accredits and supports the Cystic Fibrosis Care Centers, considered a model for the care of chronic illnesses by the National Institutes of Health. These care centers provide expert care at more than one hundred clinics around the country to those with cystic fibrosis. Additionally, CFF advocates for cystic fibrosis patients in the medical, research and legislative communities and provides much-needed information and support to patients and their families.
This month, UCN shares the plate with Bread for the World. Bread for the World is a collective Christian organization acting to end hunger at the global, national and local levels.
Working through churches, campuses and other organizations around the country, Bread for the World urges national leaders to end hunger. Members mobilize people to advocate for the hungry through writing personal letters and e-mails to, and meeting with, members of Congress from both political parties to change or enact legislation affecting poverty and food programs. Bread for the World also conducts research on hunger and food access issues.
While the work of Bread of the World is inspired by the teachings of the Christian faith, the organization does not discriminate against other individuals. For more information, please visit Bread for the World’s website at www.bread.org.
For the month of October, UCN shares the plate with Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity. For nearly thirty years, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity has been committed to building decent and affordable homes in cooperation with individuals and families in need of sustainable housing. Milwaukee Habitat sells the homes at no profit and provides a zero-interest mortgage to partner families, who put in hundreds of hours of "sweat equity."
This year, Milwaukee Habitat launched a new Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Milwaukee, with the goal of transforming the neighborhood into a safe, vibrant neighborhood of choice. In the next three years, they plan to build 150 new homes, rehab foreclosed properties and maintain current owner-occupied homes, as well as address issues such as public safety, youth development and home ownership rates.
Milwaukee Habitat is the largest nonprofit homebuilder in southeastern Wisconsin, having built more than 500 homes to date in 10 neighborhoods. Milwaukee Habitat helps families break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security. For more information, please visit their website, www.milwaukeehabitat.org.
How to Nominate an Organization for Share the Plate
The Social Justice Committee needs and accepts nominations for Share the Plate throughout the year. Please consider nominating a special program or agency you know about. A nomination form is available from the office.
Nominations for recipients of the SHARE THE PLATE offerings are open. If you would like to nominate your favorite non-profit program contact the church office. To nominate an organization, complete this form and return it to the church via email (email@example.com) or post:
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