by Cora Goss-Grubbs, ASJ Co-Chair

I want to start this month’s report of the ASJ Special Collections with a personal testimonial. Every third Sunday, as the recipient for the special collection is announced during the service, I donate with confidence, relief and excitement. I am confident that the organization we’re donating to has been chosen by a number of our members who spent time seeking recipients addressing a wide variety of issues. I am relieved that by giving through WUUC, I won’t be put on yet another email list that clogs my inbox with more requests to give. And I’m excited because by giving a set amount every month, our family is slowly but surely meeting our personal non-profit giving goal. By the time all those Giving Tuesday emails come in December, I realize that we’ve already been giving throughout the year. I encourage others to commit to a set amount you feel you can give each month to the organizations specially chosen for our ASJ Sunday collections. At the Social Justice Fair this October, everyone will have an opportunity to vote for our 2023 Special Collections recipients!

On July 17, we invite members and friends to donate to the Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank, operated by a coalition of churches and denominations serving the local community by providing nourishment and ministry to those in need. They are a faith-based non-profit that is unique in the quality of fresh food they provide including dairy, baked goods, fresh produce, meat and vegetables. They welcome those in need to spend time in comfort and prayer where healthy food and support are available every Tuesday and Saturday.

June’s Special Collection benefitted Lambert House, a nonprofit organization that empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth through the development of leadership, social, and life skills. In May we collected $401 for NAMI Eastside. This East King County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for those impacted by mental illness through advocacy, education, and support. 

The ASJ Committee thanks WUUC members and friends for their generous support of our monthly special collections, which take place during services on the third Sunday of every month. Instructions for giving are posted during the service, and you can also donate anytime the following week at, or by sending a check to WUUC at P.O. Box 111, Woodinville, WA 98072. Please make checks out to WUUC and write “ASJ Special Collection” in the notes.