Share the Plate for January

The recipient of the first 2016 Share the Plate is Hill Country Community Ministries (HCCM). HCCM operates a food pantry and clothes closet for approximately 400 families each month. It provides shoe and vision vouchers to clients who qualify. In addition volunteer caseworkers interview clients at least annually and provide referrals for job opportunities and for assistance from other agencies.

Share the Plate Report for 2015
Month Recipient Web Site Amount
Jan CASA of Williamson County $544.42
Feb Volunteer Health Care Clinic $800.71
Mar Casa Marianella $632.73
Apr UBarU $886.38
May Far Northwest Caregivers $548.45
5th Sunday Nepal Earthquake Relief $1,747.77
Jun Hill Country Community Ministries $684.51
Jul Austin Resource Center for Homeless $535.00
Aug Sea Turtle, Inc $564.56
Sept iACT (Interfaith Action of Texas) $830.62
Oct OutYouth; Center for the Healing of Racism; $226.10
Nov Williamson County Long Term Recovery $741.04
Dec Hope Alliance $781.87
Total Year to Date $9524.52

GOALS: Share and increase the monthly contribution of Live Oak members and guests to worthy organizations in our community. All checks and envelopes marked “Share the Plate” and half of all undesignated cash will be donated to recipients.


  • All donations must go to a 501(c)(3) certified entity.
  • A portion of every service offering collection is donated.
  • Advertising and other means are used to increase awareness of and participation in this program.
  • An annual roster of recipients is created by early December of the previous year.
  • As world and local events warrant, the Share The Plate team will alter this roster during the year.

Each year, the team provides input on the next year’s recipients, and in what order. All of the congregation is invited to recommend recipients. Activities of the Share the Plate Team is coordinated with the Chair of Community Outreach.

Actions and Plans:The Share the Plate team made substantial operational changes to the program. Share the Plate has been expanded to collect funds on every Sunday per month instead of one. A representative from the receiving organization is invited to make a special presentation during a service and remain after to provide additional information, answer questions, and discuss volunteer opportunities. Advertising efforts have been expanded to include a regularly updated bulletin board in the narthex.

Mission Statement:

Share the wealth of Live Oak.

Active State: Active

Group Type: Team

Contact Person: Donna Durbin and Larry Smith

Contact Email:

Ministry: Community Outreach

Group’s Parent Group: Community Outreach Team