BUUF members and friends have been regular volunteers for community-wide projects and events including Paint the Town, Rake Up Boise, Crop Walk, Idaho Pride Parade, Habitat for Humanity projects, Idaho Food Bank events, and more. Our children have raised funds for UU causes and organizations such as Heifer International, and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
Rapid Response Team
BUUF Social Justice Council presents the Rapid Response Team. Our state and federal legislators move quickly, but so can we! You are invited to join. During November the BUUF Social Justice Council is organizing a team to help respond quickly to state and federal legislative issues. Team members will help coordinate BUUF responses to issues of pressing importance using letter writing and other means as appropriate. The Idaho Legislature convenes in early 2018 and will likely address issues such as women’s health, refugees and immigration, education, and LGBTQ rights.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Jim Bigelow at firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 2006, a volunteer team of BUUF members staff one of Boise’s homeless shelters, the Interfaith Sanctuary every Sunday night. Volunteers help with intake, answering the phone, and processing new applicants’ information. Volunteers work every Sunday, including all holidays. Contact Rick Groff for more information.
BUUF volunteers staff the EBT booth at both main farmers markets in Boise, and have started working with the Boise Farmer’s Market Mobile Market (bringing fresh produce to food-deserts on the Boise Bench). Contact Patti Nakaoki for more information.
BUUF volunteers participate in Idaho Food Bank backpack builds each year, usually on or around Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The volunteers work to fill bags with enough snacks and meal items to meet a child’s nutritional needs over the weekend, when they are unable to receive free or discounted meals.
Habitat for Humanity
BUUF volunteers participate in a Habitat for Humanity build each summer. This year (2016) our volunteers helped build a home that is intended for one of Boise’s many refugee families. Habitat for Humanity is also one of our 2016-2017 Plate Partners. Contact Wanda Jennings for more information.
UUs for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME)
The Boise Chapter of a national organization that works to educate our community on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in an effort to bring about peace and justice. UUJME meets on the fourth Thursday each month at BUUF. Contact Debbie Espen for more information.