We put our UU values into practice by supporting local justice and service organizations. The Share Our Plate program gives half of all plate donations to a local nonprofit organization. The list of organizations for 2020-2021 include:
September: Caring Connections
Caring Connections works with individuals and families who are struggling to meet their basic needs. Assistance includes a listening ear, referrals to and education regarding existing programs and services, budgeting assistance, advocacy, and when needed, material goods and financial assistance.
October: South Central NY Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
AFSP funds research to improve intervention, train clinicians in suicide prevention, and advocate for policy that will save lives. It provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.
November: Habitat for Humanity of Otsego County
Habitat for Humanity Otsego County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
December: Saturday’s Bread
Founded in Oneonta in 1992, based on a similar program in Boston, Saturday’s Bread is a hot meal program provided without cost for anyone who’d like to share it. Saturday’s Bread exists to feed the hungry, but also to provide a setting in which people can meet across the differences which often divide us. This can include economic differences among those who are fed as well as the religious differences of those who serve.
January: Oneonta Community Health Center
OCHC’s mission is to enrich our community through serving the health and wellness needs of the uninsured and underinsured people in Otsego and Delaware Counties by providing free, professional, primary health care.
February: NAACP Oneonta Branch
NAACP works to eradicate racism, eliminate racial profiling, and secure justice. They sponsor the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, Community Picnic, Student Assistance Award, forums, vigils, advocacy, and legal redress for victims of harassment and discrimination.
March: Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans
Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans is a local grassroots animal rescue organization dedicated to helping animals in need. They offer a pet food pantry, low-cost neuter and spay services, TNR (trap, neuter and release), and assistance with emergency boarding and pet medical bills, as well as animal adoptions.
April: Opportunities for Otsego Violence Intervention Program
The Violence Intervention Program (VIP) provides free, comprehensive support services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violent crimes. It offers a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, advocacy, and safe housing through its domestic violence shelter.
May: Otsego County Conservation Association
OCCA is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through research, education, advocacy, planning and resource management and practice. As a county-wide environmental organization addressing a broad spectrum of basic environmental concerns, OCCA plays a key role in initiating and carrying out programs designed to improve or protect Otsego County’s air, land, and water. “Wide support from county residents enhances our ability to accomplish our mission.“
June: OWL — Oneonta World of Learning
OWL is a community resource providing a place for interactive learning through play for children and their grownups. It is located in Fortin Park and is the only children’s museum for 60 miles.
July: Family Planning of South Central New York
Family Planning’s mission is to advocate and to provide individuals, families, and organizations in our region with information, education, and health-care services pertaining to human sexuality and reproductive health.
August: Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc.
Catskill Area Hospice And Palliative Care, Inc. provides special care for people who are terminally ill, with a team-oriented approach that addresses the medical, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient. Hospice also provides support to the patient’s family or caregiver. Services provided mainly include home health aide, counseling, medical, social services, medical supply services, nursing services, occupational therapy, other physician services, physical therapy, short-term inpatient care, speech pathology services.
If you know of a worthy project or organization or would like information about other ways to help this year’s organizations, please contact either the UUSO Office at email@example.com or (607) 432-3491 or the coordinator of the Change for Change program, Carol Malz, at firstname.lastname@example.org .