Missions & Outreach

Mission and Outreach activities are a significant part of the overall programming at CUC. We believe that faith is something you do, not just something you believe. Our Missions Committee provides a wide variety of ways for you to serve our community and our world. We collect food to feed the hungry, provide services to the homeless, and much more! Service projects are available to the congregation throughout the year. Choose a project that speaks to you and your level of commitment!

We know how valuable your time is, and for those that are limited with their availability, we initiated the “One and Done” service effort projects. One and Done projects have provided flood clean-up supplies and hygiene kits for victims of local flooding, “Feed the Need” donations of meals in the Denver metro area, blankets for the “Linus Project,” holiday cards for heroes and Thanksgiving bags for CUC families in need.

Local Missions Opportunities

Bessie's Hope

Enhances the quality of life for nursing home and assisted living elders, 60 percent of whom receive less than one personal visit each year. Bessie’s Hope brightens the lives of isolated elderly people by bringing generations together in mutually rewarding relationships.

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CROP Walk for Hunger

Did you know over 1 billion people are hungry worldwide? That’s one out of every 7 people. Each day almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related diseases. In the US, 36.2 million people face food insecurity. If they all stood in line at a food pantry, the line would stretch from New York to LA and back. Every year, participants in the Foothills CROP Hunger Walk raise money through pledges to assist hungry people around the world, providing food and other essentials to those recovering from disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, as well as tools and training to communities as they seek to establish food security for themselves in places like Guatemala, Indonesia, Haiti, Cambodia, Kenya, and elsewhere.

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Family Promise

One week per quarter, through Family Promise’s network of churches, CUC partners with St. James Presbyterian Church to support the housing of homeless families.

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HAAT Force

Works to provide emergency shelter in extreme weather for homeless people in the South Denver Metro area. Volunteers help interview homeless persons, provide vouchers at local motels as well as emergency snack food and supplies. In addition, they make every effort to suggest local agencies for assistance with job search, housing, and other needs.

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Habitat for Humanity (Loaves & Fishes)

Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is one of the oldest affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International. Staff and volunteers complete homes with the help of approved homeowners, which provide decent, affordable shelter to adults and children. Habitat for Humanity provides a “hand up,” not a “hand out.” Each Future Homeowner works 100 hours of sweat equity, building their home and those of their neighbors. Habitat Homeowners purchase a 30 year mortgage at a low interest rate through Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. Loaves and Fishes, a coalition of 12 churches who support Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, raises funds to support a new home constructed each year. CUC was one of the earliest members of this coalition.

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Integrated Family Community Services

IFCS provides basic human services and enrichment programs to low-income family members, using community resources. IFCS fosters self-sufficiency and respects the dignity of each client. It serves the people of Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan, and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

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Love, Inc.

People in need are all around us, each with a unique set of circumstances. Love INC is here to help! Love INC extends the ministry of our church with a call center and resources to assist. Love INC of Littleton is a network of local churches working together to serve people’s needs in our community by mobilizing church volunteers for hands-on-ministry. Help in the call center, give someone a ride to a medical appointment, work in the resale shop, help Columbine develop a mentoring ministry. Use your skills and talents for the good of others. Discover many more ways to serve by calling Love INC at 303-798-0037 or view the website at www.loveinclittleton.org.

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Network Coffee House

A welcoming, cozy “living room” for the broken, wounded people of Capitol Hill. The Coffee House tries to express the presence and love of Christ to the chronically mentally ill, the homeless and assorted odd folk of the neighborhood. Volunteers do this by building long-term friendships, while offering a safe place to play games, read, have some coffee or tea and visit. The coffeehouse is located at 1402 Pearl Street (three blocks east of the Capitol).

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Nourish Meals on Wheels

Nourish Meals on Wheels does so much more than deliver meals to 480 seniors each weekday along with an option for two frozen meals for the weekend. They also deliver dog and cat food for their clients’ furry companions and a program for those who need extra support where they receive two bags of non-perishable groceries along with essential paper products once a month. Volunteers also go out to clients’ homes to trim their bushes, clean up the yard and give them a home they can be proud of again. It is about nourishing the mind, the body, and the spirit. No one who cannot pay for these services is turned away, they are turned to.

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Second Wind Fund

Teen suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens in Colorado, with as many as 1 in 4 teens having more than a passing thought toward suicide in any given year. Further, Colorado ranks number 6 in the nation in teen suicide. The mission of the Second Wind Fund of Metro Denver (SWFMD) is to decrease the incidence of teen suicide by removing financial and social barriers to treatment for at-risk youth. SWFMD provides quick, frequent, and convenient access to free counseling services with licensed therapists for uninsured and underinsured youth. SWFMD has never turned away an eligible youth at risk for suicide. Call them at 720-962-0706. For referral assistance, please call 303-988-2645.

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The Action Center

Provides an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless. The Action Center gives help, provides hope and builds dignity while breaking the cycle of poverty.

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Global Missions

Common Hope

Common Hope: This nonprofit organization provides impoverished Guatemalan children, families, and communities with healthcare, education, and housing. Its goal is to empower the families to permanently lift themselves out of poverty while maintaining their dignity and independence. Through its Family Development Center in Antigua and other satellite projects in Guatemala, it works with up to 2,600 children and their families. Common Hope believes that a child’s health depends on the health of the family; when a mother attends one of their nutrition classes, her children benefit.

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Nicaragua Mission Trips

Children at most of Nicaragua’s elementary schools must use crude, dilapidated latrines or go into the woods each time they need to use the bathroom. El Porvenir has budgeted funds to improve sanitation for Nicaraguan rural schools. The project includes hygiene education, latrines, hand-washing stations and a well that is in need of rehabilitation. Children who attend schools with proper latrines and hand-washing stations are 20% to 30% less likely to miss school than those who attend schools without these facilities. They are also more likely to remain in elementary schools through the 6th grade and go on to a secondary school.

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If you have questions about the Mission & Outreach activities at CUC, or would like to get involved with one of our mission partnerships, please complete the form below!