Grow in Wonder, Connect in Love, Engage in Service! When we exercise the first three values of our mission, we're encouraged to live our fourth aspiration: “Inspire Generosity!” When we donate to UUFP, we practice generosity and support the work we do to create love, justice and peace in the world. We become co-creators in inspiring a goodness that keeps on giving!
Annual Pledging & Pledge Contributions
To equip the mission of UUFP, we build our annual budget based on financial commitments. Typically, we hold our "Canvass" (pledge drive) annually in the spring, but a pledge can be made at anytime by completing and submitting the online pledge form (button below) or providing the form to UUFP via mail, email, office-drop-off or via the Sunday Services offering basket. Fulfillment of these pledges throughout the year can be made in similar ways, including our GivePlus online website page, GivePlus Mobile and GivePlus Text options (use convenient button below). We thank you and are excited to partner with you on this journey!
Your gifts of love make a tangible difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. Among various contribution options, our Sunday "Share the Basket" highlights organizations, which receive half of the cash offering from our collection basket, plus any other funds designated for "Share-the-Basket." (Please see "Share-the-Basket" descriptions below the "Gift Now" Button.)
Using UUFP's secure online contribution options to support the Fellowship (button below), you can give a one-time or recurring gift, make a pledge payment, gift in honor or in memory of someone, contribute to specific “Share-the-Basket” missions, and more. We are grateful to join our resources for a greater good.
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
–Vincent Van Gogh
"All that this Fellowship is, and all that this congregation has, are what we bring to it: our time, our talents, our capabilities and concerns, and our money. And we do not gather these gifts just for ourselves, but also for the world." –Worship Service Offering Prayer
The UUFP cares for persons in need in our Fellowship, the community and beyond through our "Share-the-Basket" program. Each Sunday, a different, highlighted organization/ministry receives half of the cash offering from our collection basket as well as designated Share-the-Basket gifts. Contributions to Share-the-Basket and other programs can be made during the worship service, online and/or via mail.
Food & Shelter Ministries – First Sunday
• Community Meals Program
We serve hot meals to the community on Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. During COVID social distancing, however, please check with our team about schedule changes. This is a continuation of a meals ministry for more than a decade at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Newport News, which closed in 2019.
• People Offering Resources Together (PORT)
LINK of Hampton Roads, Inc., first introduced the PORT Emergency Homeless Winter Shelter Program to the homeless in Newport News during the winter months of 1993/94. The UUFP has dedicated years of volunteer and financial aid to support this ministry addressing the emergency needs of and long-term solutions for our neighbors who have no place to call home. PORT is designed for partnering interfaith congregations to open their facilities and provide food, shelter and integrated resources for individuals and families who would normally spend their nights sleeping on the streets, in cars, or perhaps in empty buildings or in the woods.
Virginia Interfaith Power & Light (VAIPL) – Second Sunday
Virginia Interfaith Power and Light works with people of faith to grow healthy, sustainable communities and advance climate justice through worship, education and advocacy. It is an affiliate of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. VAIPL has sponsored Climate Care workshops at the UUFP.
Living Interfaith Network (LINK) – Third Sunday
LINK provides a multitude of resources for the less fortunate of our community. Of significant focus is their People Offering Resources Together (PORT) winter shelter program, in which UUFP heartily participates! November through March, various faith communities in Newport News serve as host PORT sites. One weekend each in January and March, our UUFP team partners with a host site to render aid to the homeless. We buy, prepare, and serve the food for meals and supply volunteers for both kitchen tasks and check-in. Have clothes to donate? Consider offering them to LINK, as they extend these items to their clients through PORT and their Professional and Casual Clothing Closet.
Planned Parenthood – Fourth Sunday
With so many efforts to restrict or deny women the necessary health care they need, the Fellowship supports the many programs furnished by the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood. This organization advocates for women’s health and safety, provides sexual and reproductive health care, and advances the right to make informed and responsible choices.
Parishioners Assistance Fund – Fifth Sunday
UUFP's Caring Ministry is important to the health of this fellowship. The Parishioner Assistance Fund is used to help those in need within our membership. The money is distributed confidentially, so if you are facing serious financial difficulty, please get in touch with our minister.