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.


Have you ever wondered about the “Desperate?” signs you see as you come onto the Bourne and Sagamore bridges to and from the Cape? They were installed in 1979 by Monica Dickens, a great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, who founded the first Samaritan Center in the United States-in Boston-in 1974.

May’s Plate Giveaway will go to the organization Monica founded. Samaritans, Inc. is a Massachusetts organization devoted to reducing the risk of suicide and increasing awareness about suicide prevention, as well as reducing the stigma associated with suicide. Samaritans offer life-saving suicide prevention services throughout the Commonwealth and are best known for their 24/7 crisis services, which are staffed mainly by trained volunteers from all ages and walks of life. They are also a founding member of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention and the Greater Boston Regional Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

Samaritans Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization.


April’s First Sunday Plate Offering will be donated to the Milford Community Supper. The Milford Community is an offering for the community based in and sponsoring by the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Milford, in cooperation with area churches and community groups.

Every Sunday at 4:30 p.m., they open the doors for anyone who wants a hot, nutritious meal and a little company. The Milford 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; one check is sent from FUSF to the Milford Community Supper. If your check is for something other than the Community Supper, please make a notation on the check.

Thank you in advance for your support.



February’s First Sunday Plate Offering was 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. 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.


January’s First Sunday Plate Offering went 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.


December’s First Sunday Plate Offering was 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.


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.