BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Split Plate Program

The split plate program was initiated at BuxMont UU in October 2004. Fifty percent of the cash offerings received during Sunday services goes to help organizations in BuxMont’s community that serve those in need. Since this program began, we have donated more than $100,000.

If you have a suggestion for a Split Plate recipient, please e-mail the name of the organization to peaceandjustice@buxmontuu.org. The organization needs to have a 501(c)3 status and be located in Philadelphia, Bucks County, or Montgomery County. Thank you!

This Month’s Recipient

Our Split-plate Recipient for the month of November is Wrapping Presence.

unnamed-2Founded in 1995 by Marne Kies Dietterich, in memory of her parents, Wrapping Presence is a special program that brings the hubbub of the holidays back into the lives of facility residents.

Wrapping Presence is a non-sectarian volunteer community outreach program sponsored by Doylestown Presbyterian Church. Participation and support are welcome from individuals as well as community groups; all that is required is a sincere enthusiasm for sharing the joy of the holidays with the residents we serve. And whatever our resident shoppers are celebrating in December, be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or simply the joy of the season, we’re celebrating with them– with bells on!

Wrapping Presence arrives with a flourish in early December to set up shops brimming with new gifts for all ages. Vintage holiday music plays while “Wrapping Buddy” volunteers pass homemade cookies and help residents select presents for their loved ones to be wrapped in festive paper and bows. Whatever the resident shoppers are celebrating that season, the Wrapping Presence volunteers are celebrating with them– with bells on! There is no cost to the shoppers or to the facility. All gifts and services for Wrapping Presence are donated.

How It Works

The Board of Trustees, the Finance Committee, and the Peace and Justice Committee would like to clarify the way “basket” donations are split with the charity of the month, to assure that your contribution is credited where you intend.

  1. All non-pledge cash donations will be divided equally between BuxMont and the charity.
  2. All checks to BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BMUUF), and not otherwise designated on the memo line, will be credited to the donor’s pledge for BuxMont’s operating budget.
  3. All checks to BMUUF that you wish to share with the split plate will be divided according to your designation on the memo line. Example: “50/50,” “$40 BuxMont / $10 charity,” or “All charity,” etc.

If you itemize deductions on your income tax return, it is to your advantage to make any donations to the charity by check rather than cash. We can then substantiate your donation by including it on your giving statement.

We continue to appreciate your generosity to both the Fellowship and the “split plate” recipients.

Past Recipients

Laurel House
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA
Action Wellness
Carson Valley Children’s Aid
The Center for Returning Citizens
Monroe Foundation for Autism
Philadelphia Stand Down
Adopt-A-Pantry CAN-less Food Drive
New Sanctuary Movement
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Meals on Wheels Association
Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly
Family Service Association of Bucks County (FSA)
Protecting Our Waters
Rainbow Room
Bucks County Foodshed Alliance
The Peace Center
Unitarian Universalist House Outreach
Child Home and Community
The Bucks County Housing Group
Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network
Rolling Harvest Food Rescue
Manna on Main Street
Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund
Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley
The Pennsylvania Prison Society
Needlework Guild of America (NGA)
Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN)
Foyer of Philadelphia
Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA)
Voice and Vision
LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
The Bucks County Opportunity Council
The Doylestown Free Clinic
UUSC Tsunami Relief
Speaking for Ourselves
TABOR Children’s Services, Inc.
The Peace Center
Unitarian Universalist House
Montgomery County NAMI
The Rainbow Room
UUA Gulf Coast Relief Fund (in response to hurricane Katrina)
NGA, Inc.
A Woman’s Place
Kasey’s Closet
Welcoming the Stranger
Project Reach
ACORN (Hurricane Recovery and Rebuilding Fund)
NOVA (Network of Victim Assistance)
Embracing the Child
The Doylestown Food Pantry
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Montgomery County
The Peace Center
Inter-Faith Housing Alliance
Project Heat
Fellowship Farm
Latino Leadership Alliance of Bucks County
CADCOM (Community Action Development Commission of Montgomery County)
Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County
Victim Services of Montgomery County
Bucks County Women’s Resource Empowerment Network
Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic
Mommy’s Light
Buxmont Meals on Wheels
Manna on Main Street
Family Friends of Bucks County
The Bucks County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency
The Bucks County Housing Group Food Pantry
Montgomery County Mediation Center
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP)
The College Settlement Camp