Local/Domestic Missions

Habitat for Humanity

Building affordable housing in the New River Valley!

Thanks to our congregation's generous support, we were able to raise $50,000 to support the Habitat for Humanity's new townhouse project! More information about how to get involved on the build coming soon!

Interfaith Food Pantry

Serving Blacksburg and McCoy

706 Harding Ave, Blacksburg, VA 24060

The Interfaith Food Pantry is a joint ministry of over 25 churches in Blacksburg of varying denominations. The food pantry is also supported by individuals, organizations, and clubs in the community. It is located right next to our Harding Ave. campus, at 706 Harding Avenue, and is open weekdays:

  • Mondays 4:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Tuesdays-Fridays 10:00am - 12:00pm

FUN 143

Blacksburg Estates Community

We have worked in the Blacksburg Estates community for the past 15 years! Volunteers from our congregation as well as other local churches provide tutoring, mentoring, and opportunities to participate in church activities. For more information about our FUN 143 ministry, please reach out to Robin Fitzgerald.

We are currently supporting FUN 143 through our Fill the Freezer initiative! You're invited to make a casserole/frozen dish and place it in the freezer at the church so our tutors and students can have a meal while they work.

Church and Society

The General Board of Church and Society is dedicated to the work of living faith, seeking justice, and pursuing peace. Addressing more than 30 social issues on which The United Methodist Church has claimed a position, Church and Society communicates with policymakers and leaders around the world with the mission of transforming the world.  Learn about these issues and what you can do to effect change by clicking here:

A partner organization with Church and Society is the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, which advocates economic and social justice in Virginia’s policies and practices through education, prayer and action.  Learn more at

Homeless Ministries

To Our House - New River Family Shelter - Roanoke Rescue Mission

During the winter months, BUMC serves as a partner congregation with the To Our House ministry, which provides shelter and food to homeless men. Guests are fed and sleep overnight at the church. There are many opportunities for participation in this ministry - volunteers are needed to prepare the church, spend the night with the guests, drive guests between Christiansburg and BUMC, do laundry, food preparation, medical care, clothing repair, haircuts, and cleanup. For more information, please contact To Our House's volunteer coordinator Beth O'Connor.

We also work with the New River Family Shelter, and work with the Roanoke Rescue Mission

Early Response Team

The Early Response Team (ERT) is a self-contained team that enters a natural disaster zone at the invitation of local emergency management officials. ERTs respond in the days immediately following a disaster and provide emergency assistance to help people be safe, sanitary, and secure. United Methodist ERTs offer a caring, Christian presence, and are trained to provide various types of physical, emotional, and spiritual assistance to disaster survivors. Our team also participates in the Virginia United Methodist Conference early response network, and we are prepared to respond to disasters in nearby conferences upon invitation. For more info or how to get involved, let us know!