Spring Freedom Faithify Campaign a Success!
Faithify Campaign: Springing Freedom
We are thrilled to announce that our Spring Freedom Faithify campaign reached our $3,000 goal with two days to spare. Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word with your own posts on Facebook, twitter, Instagram. This crowd-funding campaign relied on our networks sharing this opportunity to help UUPMI participate in decarceration and release efforts in Illinois. This funding makes it possible for us to financially assist any pen pals who are seeking clemency and need help with fees, supplies, etc. Read this from Cliff at Western:
Being a part of the UUPMI community for years has been such a great experience. I have felt so much caring support from the outside members in so many ways. I have drawn moral, emotional and political support from the newsletters, the communication with members, and the networking the Ministry has made possible. The pen pal program has been my favorite part. My pen pal and I have built such a special and meaningful friendship over the years, one that I value and cherish. I'm incredibly fortunate to have been invited into this community.
We are grateful and proud to have raised $3000 to help get people free in Illinois! In addition, contributions will support our advocacy, our outreach, and our congregational and community education. We will make sure you have the opportunity to partner in these opportunities for decarceration and journeying with others toward collective liberation. Please contact us if your organization is working on specific decarceration campaigns or release efforts!
We can sustain this ministry only if we have the support of people who care about our shared humanity with people in prison. Your contribution will help fund our half-time minister’s salary, benefits, and travel costs, plus the costs of our education offerings to congregations.
The In Prison Ministry attempts to create a spiritual space where all people can come as they are and be affirmed in their inherent worth and dignity, no matter their identities or past harm they may have caused.
The outside work of the UU Prison Ministry focuses on preparing our congregations to become radically welcoming places for formerly incarcerated and convicted people. We embrace the call of UUism to make our congregations accepting of all people.
The Prison Ministry will also connect UUs to local and state-level policy initiatives that seek to build a world community of peace, liberty and justice for all.
Many thanks to...
The Unitarian Universalist Funding Program for their support of new initiatives.
The Crossroads Fund
Unitarian Church of Evanston Endowment Fund
Donating to UUPMI is fast and easy! Click on the button below and always use the Smile browser when you can't find anything at your local businesses! We thank you in advance.
Please send checks made out to UUPMI
(Unitarian Universalist Prison Ministry of IL)
You can mail to :
280 Exmoor Ave.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
UU Prison Ministry of Illinois is a 501(c)3 organization, so your contributions are tax-deductible.
We are funded in part by the Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility - and grateful for their support.
It is easy to give either to the UUPMI General Fund, Solidarity Circles/Re-Entry Fund (supports congregations working with the newly released to integrate back into the free world), or the Commissary Fund (gives those inside prison some money to spend on necessities).
Just send a text to 844-907-1845 with the amount you wish to contribute and the code for where you would like it to go (e.g. Give 50 General, Give 50 Circles, or 50 Commissary).
The first time you send this text, you will receive a text shortly with a link to register. Click on the link and complete the instructions. Once the set-up procedure is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt of your donation via email. Any donations thereafter using this telephone number will be automatic.
Once you have completed this process successfully, you can save the number in your Contacts as UUPMI Donation, making the process even easier next time.
We hope you enjoy this new method of supporting UUPMI and we thank you for your generosity.