Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering

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.

Offering Information

In 2022, the Neighbors in Need “BEHOLD!” offering focuses on an economic justice. With inflation impacting all of our households, we wanted to provide a way to discuss this through a faith lens. Join us by promoting this year’s NIN “Behold!” campaign at your church. As you may recall, one-third of the offering supports Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds are used by Justice and Witness Ministries to provide grants to UCC churches and organizations as well as supporting a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. 

Most churches collect the offering on October 2, 2022 as part of World Communion Sunday, but contributions can be made at any time.

Apply for a Neighbors in Need Grant

If you’re a UCC church or affiliated organization doing justice in your community through advocacy efforts and direct service projects, you are eligible to apply for a Neighbors in Need grant. Learn about grant options and important dates. Applications open August 1, 2022.

Campaign Learning Resources

Welcome to the Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering (NINSMO) Portal. The 2022 NIN campaign will focus on economic justice issues. Learn more about this issue from the links below.

Promote Neighbors in Need “BEHOLD!” campaign at your church.

Explore the exciting offering promotional toolkit which contains a four-week bible study, a coloring book, three posters, a variety of social media banners, and a leader’s guide.

Neighbors in Need: Stories of Faith & Transformation

Read about the ministries who have received a grant and how they found success with it in their communities.

A Tiny House aims to provide big solutions for South Carolina LGBTQ community

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Hope Station Nogales to provide reverse sanctuary to deportees in Mexico

A United Church of Christ sanctuary church offering immigrants refuge in the Arizona borderlands…

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Houston teens learn wage activism from working adults like them

This summer, with a grant from the United Church of Christ’s Neighbors in Need offering, 24 high…

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Share your story.

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.



Rock Spring Congregational UCC
Arlington, VA

Neighborhood Church UCC
Palos Verdes Estates, CA

The Congregational Church of Middlebury, UCC
Middlebury, VT

About the Council for American Indian Ministry

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. 

Questions? Contact UCC.

Bentley deBardelaben-Phillips
Executive Associate Justice & Local Church Ministries