Celebrating Child-Serving Agencies & Giving Churches
United Voices for Children (UVC) presented an online celebration on August 5th to highlight the valuable services that its affiliated agencies provide to at-risk children, youth and families in Northern Illinois. At the same time UVC honored 69 congregations in the Northern Illinois Conference that provide financial support to those agencies through UVC.
UVC Celebrates Agencies & Church Giving
United Voices for Children (UVC) announces a special online gathering on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm: UVC Celebrates: Kids Above All, MYSI, & Rosecrance. This event will feature the three affiliated agencies in the Northern Illinois Conference that advocate for and serve at-risk children, youth, and families: Kids Above All; MYSI; and Rosecrance. Participants will also have a unique opportunity to hear about the outstanding work being done by each of these agencies.
Count All the Kids
United Voices for Children has released Count All the Kids: A Call to Action to Faith Community Engagement in the 2020 U.S Census. The report encourages faith groups to educate and empower their communities to complete the census.
Children Still Count!
In the upcoming months, UVC Policy Coordinator, Rev. Beverly Dukes will be reaching out to Northern Illinois Conference congregations to share how, faith communities can impact US Census outcomes in a positive way. The immediacy of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis has taken attention from the 2020 US Census, however the census is the “long game” to address the root causes of issues in communities hardest hit by the virus.
Child Advocacy Award Has Staying Power
The question of the day should always be: “How are the children doing today?” People in children, youth, family ministry and related child-centered fields know that when the children are thriving, love and justice abide. United Voices for Children honors persons every year who provide outstanding leadership, service and advocacy in programs with children and youth.
Forethoughts for Fifth Sunday Appeal
I am always on the lookout for engaging ideas for Children's Messages during worship...plus it is important to help our children and families make important connections to giving and receiving as people of faith. Recently, I was able to do this during the month of December--a great time of year to model giving and receiving! Plus, December has 5 Sundays in it, so I knew there was an opportunity to promote the 5th Sunday Appeal for United Voices for Children.