Share The Plate 2017/18
- Ballots are for UUCT voting members only.
- Charities are listed alphabetically. Please read the entire ballot before checking your choices. The descriptions of each charity is provided below the ballot.
- Each member has three (3) choices.
- Vote for up to and no more than three (3) charities.
- Check 3 boxes only.
Ballot Due on 6/4/17
- Community Food Bank of So. AZ
The Community Food Bank relies on 120 employees and hundreds of community volunteers to ensure that the people of Southern AZ have access to the food and programs they need. The food bank is based in Pima County and also serves Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz counties. The food bank provides services in three forms: through health and food in Hunger relief, health promotion and gardening, fresh produce; through community education at local resource centers, training & leadership, and civic engagement & public advocacy; and through community development in the local food economy and community food systems capacity building.
- Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona
The needs for diapers is roughly 2 million diapers, annually, in southern Arizona. There are few resources for discounted diapers and working parents are required to provide these to their childcare facilities. For every $1 donated, the diaper bank is able to distribute $3 worth of incontinence supplies to the most vulnerable members of our community. The Tucson Diaper Bank began in 1994 and now is a regional partner in the national diaper bank movement.
- Habitat for Humanity Tucson-
Habitat works with eligible, hardworking families to help them realize the dream of owning their own home and helping them build equity. Habitat helps low-income homeowners, veterans, seniors and families restore and maintain their homes. Habitat works hand-in-hand with residents and other nonprofit partners to help improve neighborhoods in Tucson and enhance the quality of life for all.
- Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter-
Located less than ½ mile from UUCT, The Hermitage has been dedicated to the shelter, protection, and care of homeless cats, especially those that are often not considered adoptable by other organizations for over 50 years. They are both an adoption facility and a long-term sanctuary. They adhere to the principle of no-kill in that no cat in their care will ever be euthanized to make room for another, nor will any cat be destroyed except in cases of terminal and painful illness or when there is no other reasonable alternative. They are in the process of making renovations to their aging facility so they can continue to provide this resource to the community.
- ICS (Interfaith Community Services)
Since 1985, ICS has been helping seniors, disabled individuals and families in financial crisis achieve stable, healthy and independent lives. For people in need on the path to self-sufficiency, we provide: Emergency financial assistance, a food bank, job resource centers, and gifts of love to children in need. We also provide mobile meals, rides, safety assessments, visits, help with mail and personal paperwork, and handy helpers to Seniors. We also provide numerous educational classes.
- (IRC) International Rescue Committee-
The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of people, forced to flee violence and persecution, are welcomed by the people of the United States into the safety and freedom of America. These individuals have survived against incredible odds. The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors, and local volunteers to help them translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities. In Tucson the IRC helps them to rebuild their lives and integrate into our community.
- Literacy Connects
Literacy Connects is a Tucson nonprofit connecting people of all ages to a world of opportunities through literacy and creative expression. See their website to explore their extensive range of programs that serve children and adults through literacy and the arts. Literacy creates solutions to many of society’s most persistent problems. From reducing unemployment and poverty to increasing economic growth and opportunity, literacy is key to a better future for all of us.
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health)
I, Todd Maynard, a member of this UUCT Congregation, nominate NAMI Southern Arizona. I, and many others in Tucson, am permanently disabled due to Mental Health diagnosis. This UUCT congregation and NAMI-SA were my very first supports upon arriving in Tucson. I try to support and rely on both organizations every day. In particular, NAMI-SA has an urgent need of funding to support our rapidly growing peer support groups. We are overflowing our current peer support spaces and have a continuous need to train and support our committed Facilitators.
- NOOR Women’s Association
Noor women’s association is a community partner for three refugee resettlement agencies in Tucson: International Rescue Commission, Lutheran Social Services, and Catholic Social Services. When the agencies deplete their normal funding sources, they request help from NOOR. During 2014 NOOR helped 68 intact families and 23 single parents, with a total of 154 children. In addition, NOOR gave to 5 single women and 14 single men. Noor gave money for rent, utilities, and household items and 200 distributed blankets, sewing machines, and personal items for women and girls. Noor’s only organizational expenses were for the annual fundraising picnic and tax preparation. Other than these management expenses, all donated money was spent directly on the refugee families.
- Read Between the Bars
Read Between the Bars is a nonhierarchical, grassroots collective in Tucson that originated in March 2007. We focus on getting free books directly into the hands of incarcerated women and men in the state of Arizona. As allies to people in prison, we work to provide educational and entertaining materials. Our collective strives to inform our community of the toll that the prison industrial complex imposes on the incarcerated, their families, and society as a whole. Locally we serve as part of the global movement towards prison reform.
- Reid Park Zoo
Reid Park Zoo’s mission is “to encourage commitment to the conservation of biological diversity and to provide educational and fun experiences for visitors of all ages.” The Zoo, founded in 1965 with a collection of birds, prairie dogs, farm animals, and a few squirrel monkeys, has expanded to a 24-acre campus that houses hundreds of animals in naturalistic exhibits and annually hosts more than 500,000 visitors. Reid Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and undergoes a thorough investigation to ensure that they have met ever-rising standards. These standards encompass animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety.
- Reveille Men’s Chorus
REVEILLE MEN’S CHORUS is in its 23rd year of changing lives through music. We never know who we will touch when we perform – a high school boy in conflict with his parents over his sexual identity, a 60-year-old who needs a little more support to finally come out, or someone struggling to accept a GLBT family member or friend. Most of all, we change our own lives, as we “sing out,” overcoming decades of internalized homophobia. Through the support of our donors, Reveille offers scholarships and welcomes all singers, regardless of their ability to pay dues or other expenses.
- Rincon Chapter, Sierra Club-
Living in the national and ecological borderlands of Southern Arizona, the Rincon Group of the Sierra Club’s Arizona Grand Canyon Chapter is positioned to influence a diverse set of environmental issues in and around the Tucson metropolitan area. The Rincon Group was created in the 1970s and has grown steadily in scope and influence over the years. Today, the Group addresses several fundamental environmental challenges, including the effects of border security on the region’s landscapes, advancement of abundant renewable energy sources, water conservation and smart growth. Many of our initiatives focus on grassroots movements and rely heavily on the passion and dedication of the greater Tucson community and fellow Sierra Club members.
- Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
In 2015, SAAF celebrated 30 years of providing services and continues to be the only community-based organization in southern Arizona providing case management and ancillary support services for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families; culturally appropriate prevention and education programs to reduce the rate of infection; & LGBTQ community outreach & engagement.
- Southern Arizona CUUPS
The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) is an organization dedicated to networking Pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists, educating people about Paganism, promoting interfaith dialogue, developing Pagan liturgies and theologies, and supporting Pagan-identified UU religious professionals. This fledging ministry is dedicated to providing an alternative worship eight times a year to those in Southern Arizona who want to learn more about earth centered religions and their expressions. They are in need of support to purchase supplies to bring their ministry to their growing group of celebrants.
- Sister Jose’s Women’s Shelter
Sister Jose’s is dedicated to the cure and nurture of Tucson’s homeless women. To our sisters without shelter, we provide beds; to those without food, we give nourishment; and to those without purpose, we offer hope, encouragement, and opportunity. Their new facility provides beds for 35 women each night. In the past year, they have provided assistance to over 670 individual women in need.
- The Animal League of Green Valley
When my family went to look for a new pack member we went to TALGV. After a year of dogfights, we returned our beloved pet Kaylee. After more than a year, she is still there and regularly walked, trained by trainers for her personality issues, and socialized with volunteers are they attempt to re-home her. TALGV and their resale store works hard to support the many homeless desert pets south of Tucson, provide low cost spay/neuter & vaccine clinics, and is a no-kill shelter (by Sam Meyer).
- Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services
Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services (TOPS) is an Arizona non-profit organization founded by Laura Pedersen and Colleen Laszakovits in 2000 to address the unique needs of pregnant and parenting teens. The TOPS Case Managers and Nurses provide healthy pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, and fatherhood education and support in a non-judgmental, teen-specific environment. We respect the choices that are available to pregnant young women. We also believe that those who choose to have their babies deserve respect. That’s why we’re here.
- Tucson Audubon
Tucson Audubon inspires people to enjoy and protect birds through recreation, education, conservation, and restoration of the environment upon which we all depend. We work for a future in which the people of southeast Arizona are connected to their natural world through birds, and they protect and use our natural resources in a responsible and sustainable manner. Founded in 1949, Tucson Audubon is southeast Arizona’s leading non-profit engaging people in the conservation of birds and their habitats.
- TIHAN (Tucson Interfaith HIV-AIDS Network)
TIHAN supports people with HIV to stay healthy and live well, and provides a variety of volunteer-based support services available to the thousands of people in Pima County with HIV. TIHAN offers unconditional love and non-medical support to those living with HIV/AIDS and their families while educating and activating our faith communities to learn and serve people in need. Their Poz café lunch program is the largest regular gathering place for people living with HIV/AIDS and is a way to engage faith communities with people living with HIV. TIHAN is the largest privately-funded support provider to those with HIV/AIDS in Arizona.
- UUJAZ (Unitarian Universalist Justice in AZ network) http://www.uujaz.org/
UUJAZ is a covenanted affiliate group of UUCT whose mission is engaging UUs in justice by making nurturing congregational social justice ministries, connecting UU congregations across AZ, and energizing UUs to heal the state by working for justice at the State Legislature and Corporation Commission. The vision of UUJAZ is to energize people of faith to create an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just life for all those who live in Arizona.
- Watershed Management Group-
Watershed Management Group (WMG) develops community-based solutions to ensure the long-term prosperity of people and health of the environment. We provide people with the knowledge, skills, and resources for sustainable livelihoods. While based in Tucson, our training and community demonstration site work has also taken us to communities throughout the Desert Southwest, Mexico, and beyond.
- Youth on Their Own https://yoto.org/
Youth on Their Own is a dropout prevention agency that strives to eliminate barriers to education and empower Arizona’s homeless youth to stay in school. For over 30 years, we have supported the high school graduation of this unique demographic by providing financial assistance, basic human needs, and one-on-one guidance. With the help of our supporters nationwide, we have empowered over 16,000 homeless youth to remain in school and pursue opportunities for self-sufficiency. From 7/1/15-6/30/16, YOTO served 1,588 youth, issues $689,460 in stipends for good grades, issues 609 bus passes, 9,400 mini mall visits, and had 214 seniors graduate.