UU Church West’s “Split the Plate” program is one of outreach and generosity. Each month we give half of all undesignated offerings to a non-profit organization, to help us live our Unitarian Universalist values and serve our community. Our Split the Plate partner for mid-July through August is The Gathering of Southeastern Wisconsin.

In 1982, The Gathering was founded by the Episcopal Diocese and in 1983 became an independent, interfaith nonprofit organization with a mission to provide meals and associated services to those who would otherwise go hungry or without. At The Gathering all persons are welcomed without regard to race, religion, or lack of a faith belief, national origin, gender, age, handicap, or sexual orientation. The Gathering community RESPECTS the dignity and values of every individual served and values its volunteers.

Community Meal Programs
With a small staff of eight, and with the support of volunteers, The Gathering manages to serve 10 to 11 free meals each week, cooked on-site at four Milwaukee locations, to those who would otherwise go hungry. Their Community Meal Programs serve between 80,000-90,000 free home-cooked meals annually. Additionally, The Gathering offers services associated with ending hunger and homelessness and works to educate our community on hunger issues. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, The Gathering has continued to serve, providing carry-out meal service to Milwaukee’s hungry and homeless populations.

To support The Gathering any time this month, go to the UUCW website’s “Donate” tab and select “Split the Plate” from the menu provided. For more information about Split the Plate, contact Kathy Herrewig.

Besides monetary donations, you can help by volunteering or participating in our annual Golf Classic. To learn more, visit The Gathering.