Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.
Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Funding is provided through donations to the Neighbors in Need offering. Recent grant recipients in Southeast Conference include Open Table UCC in Mobile for a LGBT Teen Center; Church of the Savior Knoxville for a worker justice outreach program; Praxis Americus for the Community Home School Cooperative to develop and implement an anti-bullying curriculum; Unity UCC in Montgomery for Unity Academy, an after school and college preparatory program; and Circular Congregational in Charleston for Charleston Area Justice Ministry, an ecumenical network addressing issues of justice in the Charleston area.
Most UCC congregations will receive the NIN offering on October 4, 2015 as part of their World Communion Sunday observance. however, some local churches select another date. NIN contributions can be made online at any time here.