First Universalist Society in Franklin

Monthly Plate Giveaway

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Monthly Plate Giveaway

On the first Sunday each month, the First Universalist Society of Franklin donates the entire proceeds from that service’s collection to a local charity. The recipient charity groups are chosen by the Board of Trustees, with input from various committees and teams.


February’s First Sunday Plate Offering will be donated to Crossroads Clubhouse, a rehabilitation community located in an old mansion in Hopedale. It offers support in employment, education, and housing for adults with mental illness.

Following the “Clubhouse Model” of rehabilitation, the program emphasizes work, participation, and 13 choice. Members build their confidence and self-esteem by learning the skills necessary to lead productive and satisfying lives. Members of Crossroads learn word processing and spreadsheet design, data collection, data entry and statistic reporting, food services, banking and budgeting, newsletter publication, building maintenance and horticulture, gardening and landscaping.

They receive assistance and advocacy around securing and maintaining financial and medical benefits as well as health and wellness education. They also receive assistance with career planning, job searches and ongoing employment support.

Crossroads has a thrift shop on location that members manage and maintain. The program supports adults-mostly young adults-and from the same towns that FUSF serves.

All checks should be made out to FUSF; then one check is sent from FUSF to Crossroads Clubhouse. If your check is for something other than Crossroads Clubhouse, please make a notation on the check.


January’s First Sunday Plate Offering will take place on January 8th and will go to the Franklin Food Pantry.

As you probably know, the Food Pantry box in FUSF’s foyer is taken to the Pantry regularly, and donated items are always welcome, especially feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, dishwashing liquid, canned sloppy joe and beef stew, coffee, white tuna, and all kinds of jams and jellies. However, cash donations go even farther, because they can be used to buy discounted food from local groceries and markets. That’s why we’re doing this plate giveaway.

Your generosity helps feed the more than 500 families and more than 150 seniors who are faced with hard choices every month when the money runs out.

All checks should be made out to FUSF; then one check is sent from FUSF to the Food Pantry.  If your check is for something other than this plate giveaway, please make a notation on the check.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.


December’s First Sunday Plate Offering will be donated to the Milford Community Supper.

The Milford Community Supper is an offering for the community based in and sponsored by the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Milford, in cooperation with area churches and community groups. Every Sunday at 4:30pm, they open the doors for anyone who wants a hot, nutritious meal and a little company.

The Community Supper has been hosted by the Milford UU church since 1996 and regularly feeds 30-50 people with each meal. All those who work providing the supper are volunteers-and several of them are FUSF members.

All checks should be made out to FUSF; then one check is sent from FUSF to the Community Supper.  If your check is for something other than the Community Supper, please make a notation on the check.


November’s First Sunday Plate Offering was donated to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to aid their work in Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

If you have a suggestion for an organization that you feel represents our UU values, is a 501 C(3) non-profit organization, and is local, please let us know. Submit it here, or tell a Board member. Suggested organizations will be reviewed an then voted on. Once an organization is selected, the person who suggested it will write up a short description for that month’s newsletter and give a very brief description during the service.

Past Plate Offerings

Past collections have gone to organizations such as:

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)

NOFA/Mass envisions a commonwealth of people working together to create healthy landscapes that feed our communities and restore our environment. They offer a range of programs,
resources, webinars and live events on a wide variety of topics for everyone from farmers, to homeowners to consumers.


UURISE is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 2007 to empower immigrants and refugees in the U.S. by offering direct legal services, particularly to those who have few resources to obtain legal assistance. With offices in Vista, CA, UURISE provides legal advice and representation to individual clients; and it extends services throughout the U.S. through the provision of workshops and trainings on immigration and advocacy. Through strategic partnerships, intensive coalition building and volunteer development, UURISE has crafted a method of extending legal services to large groups at no or nominal cost.