Donating Our Weekly Plate Collection

Members and friends sustain the operating expenses of the church with their pledges, enabling us to give away the Sunday collection. Please write Share the Plate on the memo line if you contribute by check. You can also contribute by credit card in the bookstore. Thank you!

2016 Recipients

The Outreach Committee has designated twelve Share the Plate recipients for 2016.  Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels program receives 25% of the plate each Sunday.  Each of the following organizations receives 75% of the plate for the designated month.

January – Texas UU Justice Ministry (TXUUJM)

February – ESL Program (English Classes for Adults)

March – UU Partner Church in Transylvania

April – The Women’s Home

May – Groppe Scholarship Program

June – Bread for the World

July – Plant It Forward Farms

August – Emerson UU Church Benevolence Fund

September – HATCH

October – UNICEF

November – Harris County Drug Court Foundation

December – UU Ministry for Earth

Nominate a 2017 Recipient

Submit your nominee for Share the Plate donations by completing a nomination form and submitting it to the Outreach Committee. Forms will be available in The Gathering Place or click HERE to download and print the form. Further information will be available at church and on the Emerson Web site by October.

Selection Criteria


  1. 501(c)(3) Organization
  2. Recommended by involved Emerson member


  1. Consistent with UU principles
  2. Perceived impact of award
  3. Involvement of Emerson members
  4. Financial soundness of organization and project
  5. Degree to which award leverages existing resources
  6. Project sustained after grant funding is spent
  7. Grant funding critical to project success
  8. Future Emerson involvement with organization
  9. Project success will be measured
  10. Emerson identification with project will be published
  11. Success doesn’t require total available Emerson funds
  12.  Located in greater Houston area.