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.
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.
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
jULY 31 Lift Campaign Update
Our congregation voted resoundingly on July 16 to support the motion to permit the Board to allocate additional funds to top-up the amount needed to build the proposed LIFT for our shared home. We are cost sharing with Beth Israel, and with the go-forward vote we are prepared to proceed with the project.
This week we met with our general contractor to schedule the work and initiate construction. Next week we expect to secure a vendor for the lift. Preparatory work in the building will begin soon after. Our builder along with a team of sub-trades is ready to mobilize and the building is largely empty. It’s early yet, but there are assurances that the new Lift will be operational by late fall.
Thank you for supporting this significant project. It’s a momentous occasion and will prove to be a turning point in the life of our community in that it signifies a shift in our relationship with our friends at Beth Israel.
In advance of construction, we are responsible to clear a few storage rooms to make way for the workers. We’re planning a work party for Saturday August 15th, and round two, if needed, a week later. Work parties are cheerful and active ways to gather and get to know one another. Join us!
Call or message me for details on how you want to make a difference on any of these opportunities.