Mission Giving

At United Parish in Brookline we are grateful to be able to share gifts with organizations doing good work in a variety of communities.

The funds United Parish gives away come from three sources:

  • Interest from the United Parish church endowment
  • Church members who direct a portion of their annual pledges to support Missions Giving
  • Specific offerings several times a year in church services

In addition, the Missions Giving Committee matches, doubles or triples the amount raised by congregants involved in church-sponsored fundraising initiatives, such as:

  • The Walk for Hunger
  • One Great Hour of Sharing, an initiative of several Christian denominations coming together since to help support 1946 to support relief and refugees

At United Parish, we are grateful to be part of community so dedicated to giving back.

Recent gifts have included:

Domestic Relief

Feeding America
Lowell Fire Relief

Health Care

Health Care For All

Homelessness

Pine Street Inn
Boston HealthCare for the Homeless
Horizons for Homeless Children
Thrifty Threads for Haley House
Thrifty Threads for BostonWarm                                
Outdoor Church of Cambridge
Pilgrim Trinitarian Congregational Church

Hunger

Brookline Emergency Food Pantry
Sunday’s Bread
Walk for Hunger
Community Servings
Society of St. Andrews
Food for Free
Cooking Matters

International Relief

One Great Hour of Sharing
Doctors Without Borders
Mercy Corps
Vision of Hope School (Zambia)
Ashra Brava School (India)
YOUNG-Africa
United Methodist Haiti Mission
Duke/Rwanda Bridge Construction
Afghan Children’s Mini Circus

Gun Safety/Violence Prevention

Children’s Defense Fund
Mothers for Justice and Equality

Marriage Equality

Guest preaching of Reverend Frank Schaefer defrocked by United Methodists for officiating marriage of his gay son

Mass Incarceration

Jobs Not Jails (EPOCA)
Concord Prison Outreach
Community Resources for Justice
Mass Bail Fun

Social Services

Hospitality Homes
Mt. Pleasant Home

Veterans

Homes for our Troops
Bob Woodruff Foundation
Blue Star Mothers
Run to Home Base

Miscellaneous

Charity Navigator
The Giving Common (Boston Foundation)

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Latest Mission Giving News

Missions Giving Christmas Market 2022
Posted: Nov 29 2022 - 5:27pm

The sixth annual Christmas Market will take place now through Saturday, December 31, 2022. Make a gift and/or tell your friends and family that you’ve made gifts in their honor to organizations doing good in the world. Perfect for gifts or stocking stuffers. You determine the amount you want to give. This year, Missions Giving will match all donations received.

Click here to view the brochure to learn more about the organizations we're supporting this year.

Then, choose which organizations you'd like to support with a financial contribution. There are two ways to do this:

1. Click here to fill out the online form. At the end of selecting organizations, you'll find a link to donate online through our website. On the donate page, enter your total amount next to "Special Gift Christmas Mission Market”.

OR

2. Download the order form as a WORD DOC or as a PDF. Print it out and mail it back with a check for your total gift amount, or fill it out electronically and email it back to missiongiving@upbrookline.org, and mail a check to the church office.

Lastly, download (WORD DOC or PDF) a gift card you can personalize and send to your friends and family telling them that a donation has been made in their honor.

Contact missiongiving@upbrookline.org.

Special Shopping Opportunity to Support School in Kenya
Posted: Jun 8 2022 - 6:41pm

There are Kenyan handbags located in Thrifty Threads that are for sale ($20, $30 and $40). All proceeds will go to Dhansa Maweni School to support the tireless work of Celestine and her staff who teach 70+ pre-K students from the poorest parts of Mtwapa, Kenya. Photos of some of the children as well as more details about the school can be found next to the handbags. Contact thriftythreads@upbrookline.org or missiongiving@upbrookline.org.

United Parish Supports the People of Ukraine
Posted: Mar 9 2022 - 6:02pm

The Mission Giving Team at United Parish works to support causes that are important to our congregation. This has included: support for the crisis at the US borders; support following natural disasters; and helping Afghan refugees settle here in the US.

In response to the devastating, heartbreaking humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, the Mission Giving Ministry has elected to send a total of $10,000 from the United Parish Missions Fund to help bring food, shelter, clothing, medications to the million and a half refugees fleeing their homeland. 

We are allocating:

  • $4,000 to the World Central Kitchen founded by the internationally-known activist and humanitarian Chef José Andrés who with countless volunteers are providing hot, nourishing meals in Poland and Romania to mostly women and children as they arrive with only the clothes on their backs from Kyiv and other war-torn cities in Ukraine.
  • $4,000 for the International Rescue Committee that has launched an emergency appeal to help support the thousands of displaced families with critical aid. They are on the ground, working with local partners in both Poland and Ukraine to provide essential items such as blankets, warm clothes, cookstoves, groceries, basic supplies, and—where possible—cash. The IRC will also connect displaced people with information about asylum and available services including legal counseling and psychological support.
  • $2,000 for Razom for Ukraine co-founded by a friend of Madeline C. here at United Parish. This is an organization started by Ukrainian ex-pats and American-Ukrainians after 2014 when Ukraine ousted its Russia-supported government and moved instead toward a democratic, European-leaning government. The word "Razom" means "together" in Ukrainian and is meant to remind the Ukrainian community around the world to stay focused on what it needs to do to create and build a society moving towards a more prosperous and democratic Ukraine.

In addition to the $10,000 from Missions, individual members of the congregation have donated $4,800 in the past several days which we will pass along to the organizations.

Thank you for your generosity! This is one of the best ways we can DO SOMETHING to counter our sense of helplessness as we witness the senseless violence that is destroying a nation and its citizens.

-Missions Giving Ministry Team