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)

(617) 277-6860

Latest Mission Giving News

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

Missions Giving Update - Winter 2022
Posted: Feb 22 2022 - 5:42pm

As you know, United Parish Missions Giving is committed to financially supporting organizations doing good work locally, nationally and internationally. Come see the updated Missions Giving bulletin Board in the Marion St lobby!

In Fall 2021, the Missions Giving Committee gave $25,500 to 14 nonprofits. Gifts ranged from $1,000 to $3,000.

Black Economic Council of MA $3,000
Advocating, educating, convening  
   
Dhansa Maweni $2,000
Elementary School in Kenya  
   
Global Response Management $1,000
Emergency medical care  
   
Good Measure International $1,500
Medical supplies to India  
   
Hamilton Garrett Music & Arts Academy $2,000
Negro Spiritual Royalties   
   
Hand in Hand $2,000
Jewish-Arab education  
   
Kataluma Refugee Hospitality $2,000
Afghan refugees in Brookline  
   
My Life, My Choice $2,000
Ending sexual exploitation of children  
   
Native American Boarding School  $2,000
Healing Coalition  
   
Sidewalk School $1,000
Helping children at US/Mexico border  
   
Solidarity Engineering $1,000
Healthcare at US/Mexico border  
   
Soul Farm Institute  $2,000
Afro-indigenous centered community farm  
   
Trevor Project $2,000
Supporting LGBTQ youth  
   
Voices 21C $2,000
Artists collective with André de Quadros   
   
TOTAL:  $25,500

 

Missions Giving matched the $8,000 raised during the 2021 Alternative Christmas Fair, resulting in a total of $16,000 distributed to help during the holiday season.

Agape Global Health for Haiti $1,500
Health & clean water access  
 
Brookline Food Pantry $2,500
Food in the community  
   
Common Cathedral $1,500
Outdoor church for those experiencing homeless  
   
Dhansa Waweni $1,500
School in Kenya  
   
Hamilton Garrett Music & Arts Academy $1,000
Negro spiritual Royalties  
   
Horizons for Homess Children $1,500
Early education, play & family support  
   
Kataluma Refugee Hospitality $2,500
Afghan refugees in Brookline  
   
My Life, My Choice $1,000
Ending sexual exploitation of children  
   
Native American Boarding School  $2,000
Healing Coalition  
   
Rosie’s Place $1,000
Shelter for women who are unhoused  
   
Total:  $16,000

 

In October 2021, the United Parish in Brookline started collecting donations to support the Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy whenever performing Negro Spirituals.

As of 2/15/2022, the United Parish Negro Spiritual Royalties Initiative has given over $10,000 to Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy. Gifts include:

  • Individual donations
  • Offering plate donations
  • Christmas offering
  • Missions Giving Committee matches

Thank you to everyone! Contact missiongiving@upbrookline.org.