Since its inception, community outreach has been a core tenet of our young and growing congregation. We have established relationships with many organizations in the Lexington community and are very active in our work and broad in our reach.
Through the church's Caring 4 the Kids Ministry BUCC sponsors 150 middle-school students and supplies backpacks filled with enough food for seven small meals. Without these backpacks many of these children would go hungry over the weekend and during school holidays. In addition to this monthly commitment, we participate in the annual Basket Brigade, which supplies over 6000 Thanksgiving food baskets for needy families in central Kentucky.
In 2013, we began a new outreach initiative in which we contacted various agencies in our community and asked them to share with us their ‘wish list’ of needs. The Monthly Wish List has allowed us in recent months, we have collected items for: Ronald McDonald House, AVOL, Community Inn Homeless Shelter, God's Pantry, the Hope Center, the Catholic Action Center, and other important organizations and agencies that serve our community. Our church has also sponsored a families through the holidays.
BUCC is very involved in the LGBT community, providing an inclusive and welcoming faith community and working with others in Lexington to call for justice and advocacy. For the past several years, BUCC has been a sponsor of the annual Lexington Fairness Awards and hosted events during the annual Lexington Pride Festival.
BUCC has been proud to provide volunteers with local Habitat for Humanity house-building projects, and has been recognized as one of the top per capita participants in the Lexington area.
Kentucky Refugee Ministries seeks to provide housing, groceries, apartment set-up (furniture, cleaning, etc.), and adjustment to living in Lexington to refugee families from around the world. BUCC has been involved with this worthwhile ministry since very early on.
BUCC is very involved in community advocacy. In addition to our pastors, many in our congregation gather for community walks and rallies and other efforts to promote awareness and advocacy relative to racism, interfaith relationships, the LGBTQ community, environmental justice, hunger, and homelessness.
BUCC continues to open itself to God’s vision for future opportunities for local outreach.