Social Action: Ongoing
Scroll down for information on a new ongoing collection of groceries for the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry Food Pantry, our ongoing collection of personal care items for the Silver Creek Food Pantry, collection of returnable cans/bottles, and recycling computer ink cartridges.
Share the Plate
Each month we Share the Plate with an organization that aligns with UU principles. 100% of the non-pledge money received on the designated “Share the Plate” Sunday, is given to the chosen agency. Please make your check payable to UUCNC, with “Share the Plate” on the memo line. Of course, your cash contribution is also welcome. Or make a donation at any time through our secure PayPal account linked below. All Share the Plate gifts received throughout the month will be combined and a single UUCNC check sent to the recipient organization.
Share the Plate donations are accepted at
These are the 2023-24 recipient organizations:
- September: Lakeshore Humane Society
- October: Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. (COI)
- November: Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, plus a food drive for Thanksgiving baskets, October 1 through November 5
- December: Chautauqua Striders
- January: UUCNC’s Minister’s Discretionary Fund
- February: New Neighbors Coalition
- March: UU Service Committee in recognition of Justice Sunday
- April: Rural Minds
- May: Sally Baer for Relief for Ukraine
- June: Wheels for Workers 716
On Share the Plate Sunday, the first Sunday of each month, we give the entire offering, less any gifts marked for pledges, to the recipient organization.
New: Groceries for CCRM Food Pantry
In 2023-24, UUCNC will respond to increased need at the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry (CCRM) in Dunkirk by placing a collection basket for groceries for their Food Pantry alongside the basket for the Silver Creek Food Pantry (details below).
Due to reduced 2023-24 grant funding, CCRM particularly requests these items for their Food Pantry:
- Macaroni and cheese
- Pasta and sauce
- Cereal and breakfast bars
Always needed are:
- Canned vegetables
- Canned fruit
- Canned meats
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Personal hygiene items
- Paper or plastic bags
Personal care items for Silver Creek Food Pantry
UUCNC is again collecting personal care items for distribution at the Silver Creek Food Pantry in 2023-24. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) does not provide the self-care items that we all need. Some people come to the food pantry asking for items such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, feminine hygiene supplies and baby supplies.
We gratefully accept any personal care items as well as laundry detergent, which is in great demand. Deliver items on any Sunday morning. Thank you for supporting our neighbors in need.
Please donate your deposit cans and bottles!
Cash for Cans at 9504 NY-60, Fredonia, NY (on Route 60 just north of Route 83, large garage with a bright green roof, on the left coming from Route 20) continues to keep a tab for this ongoing fundraiser. Just drop off your deposit cans and bottles and tell them it’s for the UU Youth.
Please sort returnable plastic, glass, and cans into separate bags/cartons.
Call ahead to check when Cash for Cans will be open: 716 672-2274
Recycle ink cartridges
The Social Action Committee is collecting spent ink cartridges for recycling.
Please save ink cartridges until they can be delivered to our meetinghouse at 222 Temple St., Fredonia. Thank you.