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.

Objectives

  • 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.

Share the Plate Report for 2019

Month Recipient Amount Collected
Jan Hill Country Community Ministries $1116.42
Feb Austin Diaper Bank $811.04
Mar Epilepsy Foundation of Central Texas $588.10
Apr UBarU $515.82
May Wonders and Worries $585.30
Jun Transgender Education Network of Texas $660.33
Jul Drive a Senior NW $593.50
Aug Austin Dog Alliance $561.46
Sept Texas Gun Sense $655.74
Oct Baker Sanctuary $572.84
Nov Camp Corral $607.42
Dec Literacy Council of Williamson County $746.99