ShareCollectionHandsUUAA Sharing the Collection Outreach Program

Wondering how your non-profit can apply to the Sharing the Collection program? Follow this link or scroll down to applicant information.


On the first Sunday of each month the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor donates our collection to a selected nonprofit community service organizations to further their important work in our community.

Please consider making a donation to this program:
- Make an online donation using this link to our donations web page. (Be sure to enter your donation amount on the line that says  "Share the Collection".)
- You can also write a check made out to "UUAA", with the sharing the collection community group's name in the memo line and mail it to - UUAA, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103-8739


 Questions about the UUAA Sharing the Collection program can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2020 Recipients of First Sunday Collections

January ( $2,793)

Growing Hope - Providing support and nourishment to the Ypsilanti food community


February ($2,576)

Peace Neighborhood Center - Peace Neighborhood Center’s mission is to provide programs for children, families, and individuals who are affected by social and economic problems. Peace helps people discover options, enhance skills, and make choices that lead to self-sufficiency and positive community involvement.


March ($2,643)

SafeHouse Center  - Providing safety, support, advocacy and resources for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and their children, and  working relentlessly to change the systems and attitudes that allow this abuse to continue.


April (collection amount not available)

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)  - UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.


May ($3200)

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley  - As part of the "Good News Group" of 14 area congregations, for over 20 years, UUAA has provided hands-on and financial support to HHHV's mission to enrich Washtenaw County through a legacy of affordable home ownership for families of low-income.


June ($1725)

Our House -  A Washtenaw County nonprofit, whose mission is "to help young people (age 14-25) successfully transition from foster care to adulthood. Our vision is that they become successful, self-sufficient and can live independently with confidence."


July ($1210)

Michigan UU Social Justice Network (MUUSJN) - A UU action organization whose vision is "Michigan faith communities connected and empowered to create a more just and caring world."


Aug 2 ($1065)

Michigan Prison Doula InitiativeProvides childbirth education and birth doula support to birthing people in Michigan’s women’s prison since 2018.


Sept. 13

Student Advocacy Center of Michiganworks collaboratively with under-served students, and their families, to stay in school, realize their rights to a quality public education, grow and experience success.


Oct. 11

Liberty Club - Recognizing that adults with disabilities and their families have needs that stretch beyond the school-aged years, a group of concerned parents, community leaders, and educators came together and formed Liberty Club. Liberty Club is a day program which meets M-Th, year-round, at Liberty School, meeting the needs of adults with disabilities aged 26+ as they work and live in their community. Activities include volunteer work, field trips, life skills, social opportunities, and self-help skills.


Nov. 1

IHN/ Alpha House - UUAA was a founding member of IHN, which has "28 years of experience working exclusively with children and families experiencing homelessness, the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) at Alpha House offers services to meet the most basic needs of children and families.  Our services efficiently and effectively provide stability for parents and children living in the shelter and guide them through a plan to secure and maintain stable housing."


Dec 6th

House by the Side of the Road - Serves "clients who have limited funds for clothing, bedding, and other household essentials. People come in after family breakup, job loss, fire, or prolonged illness. We also serve those who are homeless, those who are just reentering society from prison, people with mental health issues, recent immigrants,  migrant workers and more!"


To see lists of nonprofits who were recipients in previous years, please follow this link.


Information for Non-profit Applicants

Non-profits wishing to be considered for our Sharing the Collection program should complete this simple form. We will then email the application once it is ready (in October). Applications are accepted during the month of October for the funding period beginning in January. Non-profit organizations that serve or advocate for predominately disadvantaged families and individuals living in Washtenaw County are urged to apply.

Selection Criteria: The Sharing the Collection program is guided by the second of the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism: Justice and compassion in human relations.

Amount of Award: We cannot specify the exact amount that will be awarded since it is based on the amount donated by congregants on the designated Sunday. Past experience indicates that the award will fall within the range of $1000-$3000.

Deadline: Applications are accepted October 1- 31 of each year. You will be notified by the end of November regarding the status of your application.

Click here to apply for "Sharing the Collection".

For questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 2020 Sharing the Collection team facilitators are:
Janet Duncan (chair), Bob Dinan, Casey Jackson, Glenn Kime, Fran Lyman, Jim Marks, Mary Phelps, Kate Warner