At United Parish in Brookline we are grateful to be able to share gifts with organizations doing good work in a variety of communities.
The funds United Parish gives away come from three sources:
- Interest from the United Parish church endowment
- Church members who direct a portion of their annual pledges to support Missions Giving
- Specific offerings several times a year in church services
In addition, the Missions Giving Committee matches, doubles or triples the amount raised by congregants involved in church-sponsored fundraising initiatives, such as:
- The Walk for Hunger
- One Great Hour of Sharing, an initiative of several Christian denominations coming together since to help support 1946 to support relief and refugees
At United Parish, we are grateful to be part of community so dedicated to giving back.
Recent gifts have included:
Lowell Fire Relief
Health Care For All
Pine Street Inn
Boston HealthCare for the Homeless
Horizons for Homeless Children
Thrifty Threads for Haley House
Thrifty Threads for BostonWarm
Outdoor Church of Cambridge
Pilgrim Trinitarian Congregational Church
Brookline Emergency Food Pantry
Walk for Hunger
Society of St. Andrews
Food for Free
One Great Hour of Sharing
Doctors Without Borders
Vision of Hope School (Zambia)
Ashra Brava School (India)
United Methodist Haiti Mission
Duke/Rwanda Bridge Construction
Afghan Children’s Mini Circus
Gun Safety/Violence Prevention
Children’s Defense Fund
Mothers for Justice and Equality
Guest preaching of Reverend Frank Schaefer defrocked by United Methodists for officiating marriage of his gay son
Jobs Not Jails (EPOCA)
Concord Prison Outreach
Community Resources for Justice
Mass Bail Fun
Mt. Pleasant Home
Homes for our Troops
Bob Woodruff Foundation
Blue Star Mothers
Run to Home Base
The Giving Common (Boston Foundation)
Latest Mission Giving News
The Judge Connelly Youth Center is an intake and detention center in Roslindale for youth who are charged with a crime and being detained. When the director needed blankets for the 48 youth living in the Center, they asked United Parish if we could help out. The director wondered if we might be able to provide some cheerful, attractive blankets that would double as bedspreads. What they currently have are blankets that are “scratchy’’ and plain. The idea was to provide a more uplifting environment for the youth during their time of incarceration.
After a couple months of choosing a blanket that meets their needs, along with gaining approval from various groups in the church, the Ending Mass Incarceration team requested donations from the congregation in the form of the Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday Plate Offerings. To our amazement, 90% of the funds were raised just on Palm Sunday. The balance has been made up from the Maundy Thursday offering and the MIssion Giving Ministry Team. Well Done,....and THANK YOU!
On Monday, April 24th, at 11:00, we will be delivering the blankets and taking a brief tour of the Youth Center. If you would like to come and take the tour with us and get to know the Center, you are more than welcome to join us -- the more the merrier. We will post some pictures and a description of our tour after our visit.
Join the United Parish Team in the 2017 Walk for Hunger on May 7th. Plan to participate this year by walking, being a virtual walker, or sponsoring a walker on the team. This year there is even a 5K Run option! Our Mission Giving Ministry Team is contributing $1500 to get us started, and will contribute $50 for each walker/runner who signs up as part of the United Parish team.
The United Parish has a 30+ year tradition of joining Project Bread's Walk for Hunger, a fundraising and community planning organization for more than 400 hunger programs across Massachusetts.
Project Bread assists the 9.6% of Massachusetts families that deal with some level of food insecurity. Project Bread funds Chefs in Schools to improve the nutrition of school lunches, a user-friendly website to help people sign up for Food Stamps, a food source hotline (800-645-8333), and food programs such as the Brookline Food Pantry.
Once again, many United Parish families will participate in the Walk for Hunger, walking together with their church friends, classmates and families. This is a fun way to get to know others better at United Parish and to show our support of the greater community at the same time. Children through the 5th grade must be accompanied by an adult. If your child is that age and would like to walk, but you cannot accompany them, please arrange for your child to accompany another family.
We will meet at the United Parish parking lot on Sunday, May 7th at 8:30am and then take the T together to where the walk begins. We will then walk back to the United Parish building in time for worship @ 11am.
"How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:15)
The Mission Giving Committee donated $3,000 as the United Parish’s contribution to a new organization known as the “Boston Home Interfaith Collaborative.” Boston churches and synagogues have banded together to hire a half-time employee (Libby Gatti) who will complement the City of Boston’s initiatives to eliminate homelessness. This new effort is a successor to “Boston Warm” that faith communities launched in response to the emergency closing of the Long Island shelter during the winter. New shelters have been opened and members of our congregation have participated in recent planning meetings to take the next step forward. The United Parish is pleased to join in this important social justice initiative.
We also donated $1,000 each to two organizations that address street violence and gun safety in Roxbury and Dorchester. Mothers for Justice & Equality and the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute share similar backgrounds and missions. Both were founded by the families of teenage boys who were shot dead in the streets while they engaged in ordinary daily activities. Both seek to curb violence through various programs developing community leaders and working with young people. Mothers for Justice & Equality became known through its “It’s Not OK” T-shirts; the Brown Peace Institute through its annual Mothers’ Day Walk for Peace, which was extended this year to City Hall to underscore that violence is a city-wide problem and responsibility, not just a neighborhood problem.
We also continued our support for veterans by making our fourth consecutive donation to Homes for Our Troops, which is based in Taunton but working around the country. Our $2,000 donation will support the effort to provide specially adapted homes to soldiers who were severely wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan. We also donated $1,500 this year to Veterans Legal Services, which is based in Boston and runs free legal representation and advice clinics at VA hospitals to help veterans cope with the many challenges they encounter readjusting to society. Housing is one specialty area (veterans are 8% of the nation’s population but over 25% of the homeless population); another is assistance with sealing criminal offender records (“CORI”).
Homes for Our Troops has a 4-star (highest) rating from Charity Navigator. The others are too small to be rated, but all of them (except for the Boston Home Interfaith Collaborative) are listed on The Giving Common, operated by the Boston Foundation to provide helpful and carefully formatted information to donors.