Neighbors in Need represents one of several ways the UCC expresses its financial commitment to justice and compassion throughout the U.S. Funds from NIN support the UCC’s justice advocacy programs and are also distributed to a wide array of congregations and non-profit organizations who work to support justice and who help neighbors in their communities, across the country and in Puerto Rico. One–third of the offering supports the council for American Indian Ministry, including the 20 American Indian congregations in the UCC. Two-thirds of the offering supports justice advocacy and direct service projects such as justice with peace programs and community grants.
Two-thirds of Neighbors in Need supports program initiatives and direct grants offered by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries. Small but essen- tial grants are made throughout the year to congregations and organizations engaged in community organizing, public policy advocacy, and direct service.
Although grants are made to address a wide range of justice priorities, a significant portion of these grants are made to address issues of hunger and poverty.
Through our generous gifts to Neighbors In Need, the United Church of Christ is offering hope to millions of people; we are transforming lives, the nation, and our world.
The church focuses on a unique mission each month that serves different aspects of our society.