Outreach Collections

Outreach Collection Program 2021-21: Request for Nominations

The Social Justice Committee invites you to nominate an organization to receive one of next year’s Outreach Collections. If you would like to suggest and sponsor an Outreach Collection next church year for a non-profit that is special to you and supports our UU principles, please submit a nomination form by Thursday, April 29. 

Outreach Collection Nomination Form 

Specifications: Outreach Collections support non-profit organizations in our local, regional, and wider communities which promote our Unitarian Universalist principles. Organizations may be UU-related or non-UU-related.  They must:

  • Be not-for-profit [501(c) 3] organizations so that personal donations may be tax-deductible
  • Be non-partisan
  • Not be large and/or high-profile organizations which conduct mass public appeals for funds

The Social Justice Committee encourages nominations of organizations with which you, a family member or an AUUC group has a partnership/relationship as a volunteer or where you think one could be established in the future. 

Helpful guidelines: The online nomination form requests basic information about the organization with an opportunity to explain any relationship you may have with this nonprofit. To see exactly what information is requested on the nomination form, see the helpful guidelines for outreach collection nominations
Voting will take place in coordination with AUUC’s Annual Congregational Meeting. All AUUC members will have the opportunity to vote and select the organizations we will support next church year.  

Please contact Nancy D at [email protected] if you have any questions about the nomination form or AUUC’s Outreach Collection program.

Outreach Collection Program:  2020-2021

The Social Justice Committee is pleased to announce the twelve non-profit organizations that Accotink UU Church will support in the 2020-21 church year through our Outreach Collection Program. Special thanks to the coordinators who nominated these organizations and will lead each monthly collection. Checks should be made payable to AUUC with the organization named in the memo line. 

AUUC Outreach Collection Recipients 2020 – 2021

Recipients Month Function & Beneficiaries AUUC Coordinators / Sponsors
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ) July Coalition of area (& beyond) UU churches organized to advocate in support of UU values & social justice issues at federal level, including Write Here, Write Now, visits to Congress John Peterson
Federation of  Virginia Food Banks August Works with seven regional food banks statewide, uniquely positioned to provide help to the most hungry people in Virginia, including school-age children, older adults, vulnerable populations Sarah Pevner
Congregation Action Network Covid 19 Fund September Provides emergency support for housing, health care, work authorizations, legal aid for immigrant families, specifically those who do not qualify for local, state, or federal support Liz Reed
Doorways for Women  and Children October Provides immediate, safe response to  victims of sexual & domestic assault with a hotline, safe housing options, trauma support services, including people of color & LBGTQ+ communities; volunteer opportunities Lindsay Muirhead
Casa Ruby November As the only LGBTQ bilingual and multicultural organization in the area, Casa Ruby provides services and housing to 6,000 annually, particularly youth True Accotink Colors: Kate Heilig
Just Neighbors December Provides legal assistance in NOVA to low-income immigrants including DACA recipients, those with TPS, asylum seekers, helping to obtain documentation Jan Forsyth
Homestretch January Empowers homeless parents (many single moms) with children to attain permanent housing, self-sufficiency; provides skills, knowledge, and hope John Peterson
VOICE February Interfaith group organized to listen to concerns of 50+ members; then promote actions on key issues: get out the vote, housing, education Pam Cox, Suzy Porth, Dotty Smith, Chris Stunkard
Beacon House March Provides afterschool education, organized sports, nurturing & mentoring to 400 youth, helping close the achievement gap for low-income children/teens in NE D.C. Nancy Davis
paws4people April Educates prisoners in 5 WV prisons to train service dogs that are given to veterans, children with special needs; WREN is AUUC’s p4p puppy-in-training Nancy Davis
Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources (OAR) No. VA May Supports incarcerated individuals & their families through release preparation & post-release services to ease transitions, prevent recidivism Dotty Smith &    Kathryn Adams
No Child Goes Hungry/Accotink June Provides weekend meal packs weekly to 35 low-income Halley ES children and involves AUUC children, teens, adults in meeting these food insecurity needs Social Justice Committee:
Nancy Davis, Shelley Brosnan

If you have any questions, please contact Outreach Collection Program Coordinator Nancy D or [email protected].

Collections Archive

In 2019-20, AUUC members and friends contributed $21,152 to the twelve nonprofit organizations selected by the congregation. You can now see a list of organizations AUUC has supported in the past on the Outreach Collections Archive page.

Outreach Collections Program

The AUUC Outreach Collection Program provides us a way to provide financial support as a congregation to organizations that put into practice our UU principles. It allows us to deepen relationships/partnerships with organizations with which AUUC individuals or groups are connected and develop new connections. As part of its overall mission, the Social Justice Committee annually requests nominations of organizations from the congregation and oversees the selection of 12 recipients of special monthly collections to benefit a wide range of worthwhile nonprofit organizations, at the same time educating the congregation about their contributions to the local and regional community.

New option! Donate on AUUC’s website accotinkuu.org by clicking “donate” in the upper right corner, and in the Donations of Generosity section click on the “Monthly Outreach Offerings” box.

Or, mail your check payable to AUUC with “Outreach Offering” on the memo line to Accotink UU Church, 10125 Lakehaven Court, Burke, VA 22015. Thank you!

Outreach collections are sponsored by Accotink’s Social Justice Committee.