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!

Interfaith Ministries’ Meals on Wheels program receives 25% of the plate every Sunday. Each of the 2021 recipients receive 75% of the plate for the designated month.

Criteria for Selection


  • 501(c)(3) Organization

  • Recommended by involved Emerson member


  • Consistent with UU principles

  • Perceived impact of award

  • Involvement of Emerson members

  • Financial soundness of organization and project

  • Degree to which award leverages existing resources

  • Project sustained after grant funding is spent

  • Grant funding critical to project success

  • Future Emerson involvement with organization

  • Project success will be measured

  • Emerson identification with project will be published

  • Success doesn’t require total available Emerson funds

  • Located in greater Houston area.

   2023 Recipients
January – U-Bar-U Camp and Retreat Center
February – Houston Food Bank
March – Freedmen’s Town Museums
April – The Amazing Place
May – Intl women’s Convocation
June – Texas Health and Environmental Alliance
July – Texas UU Justice Ministry (TXUUJM)
August – Carrizo-Comecrudo Tribe of Texas also known as Esto’k Gna
September – Emerson ESL Program
October – ANSWER Nepal
November – The Women’s Home
December – Minister’s Discretionary Fund

2022 Recipients

January – UU Afghan Refugees Project

February – Houston Food Bank

March – Rutherford B H Yates Museum

April – Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (T.E.J.A.S.)

May – Plant It Forward Farms

June – First Nations

July – Memorial Assistance Ministries

August – TXUUJM

September –  The Women's Home

October – Juno's Hope

November – Answer Nepal

December – Minister’s Discretionary Fund

2021 Recipients

January – Save Our Sisters United, Inc.

February – Houston Food Bank

March – The International Convocation of UU Women

April – Texas UU Justice Ministry (TXUUJM)

May – The Montrose Center, LGBTQ Homeless Youth Housing

June – Citizens’ Climate Education

July – The Women's Home

August – Rebuilding Together Houston

September – Justice Forward Houston

October – Houston Area Women’s Center

November – Carrizo-Comocrudo Tribe of Texas

December – Minister’s Discretionary Fu

2020 Recipients

January – Texas UU Justice Ministry (TXUUJM)

February – Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

March – The Women’s Home

April – Emerson’s ELL (English Language Learning) Program

May – Citizens’ Climate Education Third Coast

June – ANSWER-Nepal

July – TWRC Wildlife Center

August – Mental Health America of Greater Houston

September – Harris County Drug Court Foundation

October – Plant It Forward Farms

November – Houston Food Bank

December – Minister’s Discretionary Fund

2019 Recipients

January – UBarU Camp and Retreat Center

February – Make a Wish Foundation

March – International Women’s Convocation

April – Emerson’s ELL (English Language Learning) Program

May – The Women’s Home

June – Plant It Forward Farms

July – Citizens’ Climate Education Third Coast

August – Texas UU Justice Ministry (TXUUJM)

September – Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services (RAICES)

October – Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (T.E.J.A.S.)

November – Harris County Drug Court Foundation

December – Minister’s Discretionary Fund

Emerson in the Community