Dear Members and Friends of UFP:

THE CHALLENGE — An Inaccessible Building

The beautiful building we call home unfortunately includes a structural barrier to our goal of inclusion for all. Currently, many of UFP’s activities such as coffee hour, workshops, celebrations, and potlucks which take place in the lower level of our building are excluding people who are unable to use the stairs.

This limitation also impacts members of the public who come to this building for a variety of community events.

A SOLUTION — a Small Elevator

In partnership with the Beth Israel community, UFP has voted to install a lift (small elevator) within our building. The cost of this project, $96,000, will be shared equally with Beth Israel and UFP. We endeavour to raise our share from members and friends of UFP as well as members and agencies of the greater community who use the facility for programs and events.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Your Capital Campaign Team has launched a fundraising drive with the goal of raising $48,000 to enable this project. It is an ambitious target, one that will draw on the will of our whole community. Our aim is to complete fundraising by March and construction of the lift by this summer.

Our aim is to complete fundraising by March
and construction of the lift by this summer.

HOW CAN YOU HELP

Financially: A tax-deductible contribution directed to the Lift Campaign. This could be a one-time gift or a contribution spread over several months by either cheque(s) payable to Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough, or right here, securely, online through Canada Helps. Click this button and select: The Capital Fund.

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and / or…

Socially: Sharing your talents to organize or coordinate fundraisers, such as social gatherings, workshops and personal growth events, to name only a few.

Spiritually: Talk to others — friends, family, neighbours, about our shared commitment to sustain a liberal faith community affirming the values of accessibility and interdependence. Share with others your personal experience of being in relationship with our beloved community.

Please consider what you can do to support this project.

Talk to one of the Campaign Team members to learn more or discuss your commitment: Evelyn Andrews, Scott Donovan, Fred Kooy, Anne Orfald, and Kim Ward.

Together let’s build on the richness, diversity, and generosity of our community.

We thank you if you have already contributed to this campaign

The Lift Campaign Team

May 22nd Lift Campaign Update

UFP and Beth Israel have embarked on a project to construct a shaft and install a wheelchair lift in our shared facility.  The plan was hatched some time ago, and efforts to further this goal have been underway in earnest more than a year now. We’re pleased to announce that we are on the cusp of a construction start. Two significant milestones: a significant portion of money has been raised to fund the project, and a building permit has been granted to affirm that the design meets compliance with Ontario regulations. The public health crisis has deterred progress, so we may not meet our initial goal of a Labour Day opening. Our general contractor is working to update the budget over last year’s figures from the Trillium application and develop a schedule to execute the work. We’re looking forward to sharing that information with you as soon as it is available.

While our fundraising campaign has been hugely successful thanks to the generosity of many, it remains open should you wish to contribute. Our Trillium application, the one that got away, aspired to accessible upgrades beyond an elevator; a universal accessible washroom on the lower level and refurbishment of the staircase to bring it to today’s standard for safety and accessibility. Funding these projects would only be possible with a significant uptake in our campaign. It’s not too late to add scope to the project. If you have something in mind, please let us know. And thanks again to all of you who enthusiastically supported the lift project. We all look forward to restoring that aspect of dignity to our shared home.

Scott Donovan for the LIFT Campaign.