Share the Plate

Our Share the Plate program began in 2010 and has given away more than $33,000 since. Through giving away our “plate” we are changing our culture from one of scarcity into one of abundance and generosity. We still keep some to support our own needs and mission. But we give away an equal amount – half of our cash offerings each Sunday – to a justice partner selected for the important work they are doing. Your response has been amazing – offerings essentially doubled when we began giving half away. It has become a cornerstone of our social justice program and has greatly increased our impact on the world outside of our walls.

Do you know a worthy organization or project? Send your justice partner suggestion to: <sharetheplate at>.

Want to make a donation that we will share with our current justice partner? Go to our Donate page.


Current Justice Partner

Our January-February Justice Partner is the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN),a network of congregations and organizations  committed to drawing together people of faith to act powerfully on local and regional issues of justice and fairness. Through community-building, working with politicians and policy makers, direct action, and negotiation, PIIN works to transform our communities.


Recent Justice Partners

Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh. Bend the Arc is part of a national movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews that believes in the beautiful but unfulfilled promise of this country as a land of opportunity, justice, and equality for all. In the face of racism, inequality, and the politics of fear, we are asked to rise up with courage to act boldly for justice, believing that together we have the power to transform this country.

Northside Common Ministries offers vital support and resources to neighbors in need including the Northside Community Food Pantry and the Pleasant Valley Men’s Shelter.

Casa San Jose is a community resource center in Beechview that advocates for and empowers immigrants from Latinxs by promoting integration and self-sufficiency. Founded in 2014, it has grown to become a go-to source of support to help underserved Latinx immigrants access the assistance and services they need, including interpretation, case management, and protection for immigrants at risk of deportation.

The Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network leverages the commitment and skills of over 6,000 UUs and 40 UU congregations in Pennsylvania to raise a loud and effective voice for social justice issues and corresponding legislation in Harrisburg.

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (or BLUU) and the UUA’s The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith campaign was our opportunity to take the lead as a faith denomination in addressing our history of upholding white supremacy. Together, we collectively work to dismantle it and amend a long broken promise to the Black Lives within our Association through The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith. And we’re pleased to report that we met the $10-per-member matching grant that means we doubled the impact of our faithful giving.

2018 Summit Against Racism – The Summit Against Racism works to bridge Pittsburgh’s racial divide and move people to fight for racial justice. 2018 was the 20th gathering, held annually following Jonny Gammage’s 1995 death during a traffic stop.

The Young Men and Women’s African Heritage Association (YMWAHA) provides cultural, arts, and education programs geared towards empowering school age children and their families.

CeaseFirePA is working to reduce gun violence and gun tragedies in our communities, stop the flow of illegal guns onto our streets, and keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.

Share the Plate History

With your generous support we have disbursed $33,877 to these 43 justice partners:

November-December 2018 – Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh – $855

September-October 2018 – Northside Common Ministries – $588

July-August 2018 – Casa San Jose – $777

May-June 2018 – Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network – $505

March-April 2018 – Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism – $1035

January-February 2018 – Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network – $637

November-December 2017 – 2018 Summit Against Racism – $686

September-October 2017 – Northside Common Ministries – $721

July-August 2017 – Refugee Resettlement Program of Northern Areas Multi-Service Center – $580

May-June 2017 – Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network – $550

March-April 2017 – Young Men’s and Women’s African Heritage Association – $575

January-February 2017 – Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network – $753

November-December 2016 – Northside Common Ministries – $878

September-October 2016 – CeaseFirePA – $709

July-August 2016 – Jefferson Recreation Center – $473

May-June 2016 – Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network – $580

March-April 2016 – Planned Parenthood of Western PA – $601

January-February 2016 – Working and Healing to Abolish Total Supremacy Undermining Privilege – $728

November-December 2015 – Northside Common Ministries – $728

September-October 2015 – Hope Grows – $585

July-August 2015 – Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network – $440

May-June 2015 – Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network – $532

March-April 2015 – Gwen’s Girls  – $761

January-February 2015 – Homewood Children’s Village – $640

November-December 2014 – Brother’s Brother Foundation – $892

September-October 2014 – Western PA Humane Society: $519

July-August 2014 – Children’s Table Pittsburgh: $691

May-June 2014 – The Thomas Merton Center and Book’em: $639

March-April 2014 – UU Congregation of Charleston WV: $813

January-February 2014 – American Field Service Global Change Makers Centennial Scholarship Program: $657

November-December 2013 – Young Men’s and Women’s African Heritage Association: $864

September-October 2013 – Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network: $698

July-August 2013 – The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice:  $569

April-June 2013 – Jefferson Recreation Center: $1,107

January-March 2013 – Dreams of Hope: $1,470

October-December 2012 – Mission Vision: $1,220

July-September 2012 – Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network: $1,119

April-June 2012 – Northside Common Ministries Food Pantry: $1,050

January-March 2012 – Phoenix Witness Project of the Ohio-Meadville District: $1,052

October-December 2011 – Appalachian Voices: $1,266

July-September 2011 – Travelers Aid Society of Pittsburgh: $700

April-June 2011 – Northside Common Ministries: $1,200

December 2010-March 2011  – Jeron Cares: $1,434