Giving Beyond BUF

SEJC Monthly Collections

Once a month on the second Sunday, we conduct an extra collection for a non-profit organization whose work matches our values.  The recipients are chosen by the Social & Environmental Justice Committee (SEJC) every spring. This year's recipients are:
July 10, 2016 - Laundry Love
Aug. 14, 2016 - Restorative Community Coalition
Sept. 11, 2016 - Humanitis
Oct. 9, 2016 - Community to Community
Nov. 6, 2016 - Transylvania
Nov. 20, 2016 - UUSC
Dec. 11, 2016 - Whatcom Land Trust
Dec. 24, 2016 - Interfaith Coalition
January 8, 2017 - Lydia Place
February 12, 2017 - Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
March 12, 2017 - NAMI of Whatcom County
April 9, 2017 - End of Life WA
May 14, 2017 - Maple Alley Inn
June 11, 2017 - NW UU Justice Network; WA UU Voices for Justice
At our May 2017 meeting, the SEJ Committee will choose its monthly special collection partners for the coming fiscal year, but in order to make the choice, they need applicants. If you know of or are a local nonprofit organization serving in one of the following areas, you/they are welcome to apply: women & children; environment/sustainability; poverty/homelessness; peace & human rights; social & economic justice; and health.  Application deadline is April 14th, so please move quickly!

Here are links to the application and process.  

Food Banks (plus Food4Tots campaign)

We have an ongoing campaign to help address hunger in our community with donations to the Bellingham Food Bank and the Lummi Food Bank.  Donations may be dropped off at any time at our grocery cart by the front door.  Once a year, usually October, we collect at least 1,000 jars of baby food for the Bellingham Food Bank's "Food4Tots" campaign.  In keeping with our environmental values, we encourage organic baby food donations.  This work is organized by our Food Bank Ministry Team.

Monetary donations are also welcome. Another way to donate is through an automatic deduction from your bank account each month.  Contact our bookkeeper to sign up. 

Humanitas "Ten Bucks A Month" Club

BUF's Humanitas Ministry provides the opportunity to help needy local citizens by assisting with their utility bills, groceries, and other basic needs. To help with this interfaith ministry, please sign up for the Ten Bucks A Month Club, an easy way to provide direct help to the struggling. Click here to set up your donation via automatic funds transfer. Forms and information are also available at the Humanitas table each Sunday in the social hall or from Barbara Gobus or Erika Shepard. Your consistent funding will keep this ministry operating and strong. In addition, consider volunteering your time. Every team member will testify that it is a life-changing experience. 

Chalice Lighters

The Chalice Lighter Program assists the growth and special needs of new and existing member congregations in the Pacific Northwest District by providing grants to help advance vital aspects of their formal growth plans. Grants are funded exclusively through contributions from Unitarian Universalists who participate as Chalice Lighters.

There are many good reasons to join the more than 2,000 Unitarian Universalists who are PNWD Chalice Lighters. Being a Chalice Lighter brings you the joy of watching your modest contribution multiply to a grant of more than $18,000 to support the growth of our liberal religion in the Pacific Northwest. When you become a Chalice Lighter, you will receive no more than three call letters per year. The letter will explain the purpose of the call and ask for your donation of at least $15. The grant must be used for those purposes, so you will know exactly where your money is going.  Sign up at the Pacific NW District's website.

UUSC Membership

UUSC is the primary human rights/social justice organization for our UU denomination. It acts both nationally and globally and its primary focus is on assisting the most vulnerable. UUSC promotes workers’ rights, civil liberties, the human right to water, environmental justice, and the rights of vulnerable groups in humanitarian crises. 

UUSC's status as a membership organization provides us the autonomy to advocate for justice-oriented public policies across the political spectrum. By neither seeking nor accepting government funds, UUSC maintains a high level of independence. In addition to supporting UUSC financially, our members and supporters also participate directly in UUSC's efforts to challenge oppressive policies. Become a member of UUSC-make a difference! For more, visit

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Header is photo of a stained glass panel.  Long time BUF member JoAnne Feringer created the panels in 1984 to match the gothic style of our previous building.  They were  moved and served to decorate what was our front entrance until the 2010 addition. Header photo by Liz Weber.