NewsA 15-year old's drawing of hands holding the earth lovingly, with trees sprouting and a ribbon that says "Save the Planet."

This year’s Neighbors in Need offering focuses on the UCC’s work for environmental justice in communities around the world.

Listen as Phil Kaveler describes his visit to a congregation receiving Neighbors in Need funds and explains how funds collected through the Neighbors in Need offering are used.

Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion in the United States.

In 2023, the focus is on environmental justice. Plastics, electronics, and other non-compostable wastes are being shipped across, and even tossed into, our waterways, launched into space, as well as buried in landfills. As people of faith, we believe these egregious acts are sinful and unholy. We must be better stewards of our planet!

One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to provide funding grants to UCC churches and organizations leading justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects in their communities.

Community UCC will take up the offering on Sunday, October 1 during 10:30am worship (keyword NIN) but you can give directly via the UCC’s website any time.

If you have questions about Neighbors in Need, talk with Phil Kaveler at