Service and Outreach Projects
Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
UCBR members and friends regularly volunteer to sort food at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, which relies on the help of volunteer teams to feed the hungry in their 11-parish service area. The church also has bins for food donations in the kitchen area. The Food Bank is also a frequent recipient of our shared cash offering on Sunday mornings.
The Holy Grill is a project of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge. Volunteers from area organizations prepare a hot meal Monday-Friday and serve it at Cadillac Park. This long-standing project has been a great benefit to both the Cadillac Park neighborhood and to our volunteers. Volunteers from UCBR join other volunteers from area congregations who serve on a rotating schedule to help fulfill the Federation’s mission.
Days for Girls
Days for Girls is an international effort to provide sustainable menstrual care products and education for girls around the world. UCBR’s Days for Girls team meets regularly to sew menstrual products to send overseas to empower girls and women by providing them with dignity, health, and opportunities.
UU Service Committee Fair Trade Project
The Fair Trade Project is a collaboration between Equal Exchange and the UU Service Committee, with the aim of allowing UUs to support small-scale farmers around the world. Fairly traded coffee and chocolate is available for purchase in UCBR’s Fellowship Hall after each Sunday service, and every purchase made supports small farmers and cooperatively-run organic farms.
Kids’ Cafe Christmas Gifts
Our church has supported the Kids Cafe Christmas Gift project of the Interfaith Federation for more than twenty years. Each December, the Interfaith Federation collects Christmas wish lists from children in need, and UCBR members enthusiastically fulfill the requests.
Several times a year, UCBR hosts a blood drive bus from Our Lady of the Lake. Many generous members and friends donate blood on these occasions, which helps to fund the blood bank at OLOL. It ensures that our community has access to life-saving blood supplies.