Benevolence and Outreach
The BCC Benevolence Committee administers a range of charitable funds of the Church, including “General Benevolence” of 10% of pledge income, the Byer’s Fund from a generous bequest of the Byers family, the Alice Melady Special Opportunities Fund which makes education grants to help advance the training and talents of persons affiliated with BCC, and the Welfare to Work Fund, which assists programs like Career Closet that help people move into independent employment.
That grant-making is important and deliberate, as we review the work and financials of each grantee to make certain the church’s money is well-spent and has impact. But Benevolence also is responsible for encouraging and coordinating outreach to the community. Accordingly, we seek to engage community organizations, to understand their needs and where possible find beneficial ways to use BCC skills and resources beyond basic grants.
The following videos, made for the Stewardship campaign, will help the congregation better understand these outreach efforts made on their behalf, while also gaining a deeper sense of the importance of these organizations to our community and how each of us can in our own way support them and their efforts: