Social Justice Funds Committee


Social Justice Funds Committee


Social Justice Funds Committee (SJFC) furnishes information regarding possible funding for social justice activities and administers two UUCB programs.

  • SJFC awards funds from our Social Justice endowment to support start up social justice projects. Committee accepts requests in the fall. SJFC Fall Grant Application 2018.
  • The Social Justice Funds Committee  facilitates the selection of the recipient of the 25% Sunday Plate.

Our congregation gives 25% of its undesignated Sunday Plate donations to a local project or service agency to assist in the community. In the spring the committee accepts nominees  for the 25% of Sunday Plate Funds for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1. SJFC 25% Plate Application 2016-17

 New Leaf – New Life was selected for this year’s Sunday Plate dondations – July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

New Leaf – New Life  (NLNL), a local non-profit organization, offers services to individuals during incarceration in Monroe County, and outside to former jail and prison inmates. The primary goal is to reduce recidivism by helping clients gain access to treatment, education, housing, transportation, and employment.

To those incarcerated, NLNL offers educational and therapeutic programs, the Addicts in Recovery Block  (a program for a group working toward sober living), and services (birth certificates, housing and recovery treatment applications).  At the Transition Center on S. Walnut, decarcerated individuals receive help in accessing social services, clothing, bus tickets, and job counseling.

Education can be a means of breaking the cycle of poverty,

drug use and recidivism.

With the UU funds, NLNL will create an Education Fund to be used for inmates wishing to complete high school or enter college.  The Education Fund would

–pay for the High School Equivalency and Work Keys examinations  offered in or out of the jail.

— cover the cost of tuition and books for a single course at IVY Tech as they begin or resume college work.  With numerous requirements from the courts and probation, taking one course while receiving guidance from a NLNL volunteer will help insure success.

Shalom Community Center–Friend’s Place Program was the other nominated recipient – please consider volunteering and supporting this important Bloomington program.

In the spring of 2015, Martha’s House, Inc. went bankrupt. Their financial breakdown put at risk a life-saving service in our region – the only year-round, nonreligious, emergency shelter for adults experiencing homelessness in seven counties. If the shelter were to die, over 400 homeless people each year would have no place to turn to in the midst of crisis.

Shalom Community Center (SCC) stepped up to the plate and offered to take on the operation, management, and provision of social services for the shelter–now called Friend’s Place. UUCB funding of Friend’s Place will help in two fundamental ways.

1) Our support will help Shalom to build long-term financial sustainability for Friend’s Place. Secondly, all of UUCB’s support received before December 31, 2016 would count towards a $200,000 match from the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA), in effect doubling our gift, and providing additional financial security in the years to come.

2) If SCC fully funds the match at $200,000, it will have enough funding, along with funds provided by city, township, county, and other sources, to run the shelter for four years before having to take on the full, annual costs in its operational budget.

Contact Steve Mascari