Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering
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.
Most UCC congregations will receive the NIN offering on October 5, 2014 as part of their World Communion Sunday observance. however, some local churches select another date. NIN contributions can be made on-line at any time here.
The 2014 theme for NIN is "Imagining Another World Where Literacy is No Longer a Concern" and connects to the "Reading Changes Lives" justice advocacy initiative of the UCC.
Order Neighbors in Need resources through UCC Resources free of charge.
Resources available through UCC resources include:
- Offering envelopes
- The leader guide
- Bulletin inserts (4 weeks)
- Coin box.
Or download materials below:
Note: All UCC churches should receive a supply of offering envelopes in their automatic shipment. If you need more items, or would like to receive hard copies of these resources, please contact UCC Resources at 1.800.537.3394 or the previous link.
The deadline for grant applications is March 31st and September 30th of each year. Download here:
Need more info? Check out the NIN grant application guidelines.
For Grant Recipients:
If you were a recipient of a Neighbors in Need (NIN) grant, help us inform our members whose contributions to NIN have made your grant possible about how lives have been transformed because of their generosity. These stories may be shared in a variety of forms as we promote inspired giving to NIN. View previous grant recipients.
The Council for American Indian Ministry(CAIM) is the voice for American Indian people in the UCC. CAIM provides Christian ministry and witness to American Indians and to the wider church. Justice issues that affect American Indian life are communicated to the whole UCC by CAIM.
Historically, the forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin and northern Nebraska. Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. CAIM supports these local churches and their pastors. In addition, CAIM strives to be a resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations and to strengthen their participation in the life of the church.
Ms. Donyale Copeland
Financial Assistant, Justice & Witness Ministries
700 Prospect Ave.
Rev. Bentley de Bardelaben
Executive for Administration and Communications Justice & Witness Ministries
700 Prospect Ave.