Share Our Plate Recipients, 2021 – 2022

We put our UU values into practice by supporting local justice and service organizations. The Share Our Plate program gives half of all weekly plate donations to a local nonprofit organization. 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 uuso@uuso.org or (607) 432-3491, or the coordinator of the Share Our Plate program at socialaction@uuso.org.

The organizations for 2021-2022, by month, include:

2021

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: Friends of Recovery of Otsego and Delaware Counties, Inc. (FOR-DO)
FOR-DO is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting addiction recovery through every available means, including advocacy, education, and peer support. FOR-DO affirms the power and possibility of recovery; provides education and awareness activities to reduce stigma and discrimination related to Substance Use Disorder; advocates for legislation and services that support recovery from a Substance Use Disorder; and operates community recovery centers providing peer-based support, life-skills education, social activities, informational resources, and a place for mutual-support meetings for individuals in recovery and their families.

November: Oneonta Warming Station
The Oneonta Warming Station was established to provide a safe and warm space in Oneonta for people without shelter on dangerously cold nights.

December: Saturday’s Bread
Saturday’s Bread has provided a free hot meal program in Oneonta since 1992. Saturday’s Bread exists to feed the hungry, and 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.

Christmas Eve Special Collection: 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.

2022

January: Literacy Volunteers of Otsego and Delaware Counties
Literacy Volunteers of Otsego and Delaware Counties identifies, trains, and matches volunteer tutors with adults seeking individual instruction in basic literacy, English for speakers of other languages, and basic math. Services are free, voluntary, and confidential.

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 was founded in 2017 to fill an incredible demand in the Oneonta area for low-cost spay/neuter programs, a pet food pantry, and assistance obtaining emergency veterinary care. A vital army of volunteers helps carry out the mission. Understanding how important a home setting is for animals’ well-being, a robust network of foster homes was created.

April: Delaware Opportunities, Inc., Big Buddy Program
Big Buddy, a preventive mentoring program for at-risk youth in Delaware and Otsego Counties of New York, is designed to provide an additional adult in the life of a child. The adult serves as a friend and as a mentor. The Big and Little Buddies mutually decide upon activities to pursue. Activities are geared toward improving the self-esteem of the Little Buddy, broadening horizons, and establishing community involvement as a lifelong investment.

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: Otsego Pride Alliance
Otsego Pride Alliance’s mission is to support, raise awareness, and create understanding of the LGBTQIA+ community and its needs in the Otsego County area. OPA works to foster open- mindedness and the creation of safe places for members of the community, allies, friends, and family to express themselves freely. By recognizing the full spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identity OPA seeks to promote an environment in which all feel welcome.

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: The Family Service Organization
The mission of the Family Service Association is to support individual and family strengths and to assist area residents in meeting their own needs.