Congregational Support

Share the Plate Recipient for April 2018 is Kairos Community Lunch

The Kairos Community Lunch takes place at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Salem every Sunday.  This event is hosted by Salem area churches and volunteers who participate in the program.  Homeless people (usually 50 – 70 guests) are served at the event.  UUCS volunteers (between 8 and 12 people) provide ingredients (chowder and chili) and prepare the … Continued

Share the Plate Recipient for March 2018 is our Partner Church

The March Share-the-Plate recipient is our Partner Church Fund. This is our annual fund raiser, which we use for committee administrative costs and funds we share with our partner church in Simenfalva, Romania.   We have had a relationship with Simenfalva since the late 1990’s, and cemented our connection in 2002 when both churches signed a … Continued

Volunteer for SIHN February 18-25

UUCS will be hosting homeless families the week of February 18th-25th as part of the Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network’s efforts to end homelessness. Please contact Sara Shatto at to sign up to contribute your time or your cooking skills to this worthy cause. Or use online signup form. It takes about 50 volunteers to … Continued

Share the Plate Recipient for February 2018 is HOME Youth & Resource Center

February’s Share the Plate recipient is HOME Youth & Resource Center in Salem, a drop-in spot for at-risk and homeless teens in Salem. There they can also get help and get access to resources. The region has no homeless youth shelter and the program addresses a critical need in our community. Originally a grassroots organization of concerned adults and … Continued

Share the Plate Recipient for January 2018 is SIHN

The January 2018 Share the Plate recipient is the Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network (SIHN). This is a group of churches who minister to homeless members of the greater Salem community.  Each church hosts homeless families for one week, providing morning and evening meals, companionship to families and children in the evening, and a place to sleep in … Continued

Share the Plate Recipient for November 2017 is Salem Rainbow Youth

Salem Rainbow Youth exists to serve the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth in Marion and Polk counties. Activities include weekly groups with dinner, public meetings, workshops, gatherings, and social events. More information is available on the Salem Rainbow Youth website or Salem Rainbow Youth on Facebook.

Share the Plate Recipient for October 2018 is UUCS Microfinance Project

The UUCS Microfinance project makes small loans to people living on the edge, so they can increase their earning power, escape poverty, and make a better living for their families. Often, poor people are not able to borrow money to buy small equipment items or materials necessary for their businesses. Banks are few in rural … Continued

Share the Plate Recipient for September 2017 is the Minister’s Discretionary Fund

The Minister’s Discretionary Fund provides invaluable assistance to UUCS members and friends who are financially hard pressed by adverse circumstances. Know that your generous donation to this fund is an act of compassion and will eventually help provide badly needed relief for someone in our beloved community. Given the great need of those suffering from … Continued

Annual August Collection for our Partner Church

Again, this August we will continue our tradition of collecting needed items to send to our partners in Simenfalva, Transylvania. Our partner minister, Rev. Sandor Szen, suggests that easy-to-read books for beginning English students would be appreciated. The English teacher reported that some books we sent earlier were too difficult for the students, so let’s … Continued