Thank you! As a result of your generous giving for the spring call, we have over $17,000 to help fund technology grants for congregations in the PNWD. We’ll have an application process ready by the end of September.
The fall call is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate how we, as Unitarian Universalists, value families and young children. The Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation (OUUC), in Olympia, Washington, needs our help to purchase a children’s play structure. The play structure is an integral part of OUUC’s growth plan to achieve greater presence and service to families in the South Puget Sound area. Completing the playground is considered “essential to the maintenance and growth of the RE program.”
A bit about the play structure: This is the type built in parks and playgrounds to withstand heavy use and weather. In addition to the structure, the project will include groundcover for safety and a four-foot perimeter fence. The total cost estimate is $35,000. After the Chalice Lighter grant, OUUC will cover the remaining costs with a special fundraiser.
Now, a bit about OUUC’s growth plan: In 2006, OUUC launched an expansion plan for facilities to serve 500 by 2016. In 2009, they raised $1.2 million and constructed additional classrooms, office space and commons. They’ve raised another $823,000 towards a new sanctuary and more classrooms. This summer they began construction for additional parking and storm water improvements. The timing is right for the play structure.
Finally, a bit about OUUC: This determined congregation is poised for continued growth. Uniquely located in the state capital along the I-5 corridor, OUUC is ready to become a bustling urban growth center for Unitarian Universalism.
And now, the last bit: We can help today! Make your gift of $15, $25, or more online, or mail your check, payable to: PNWD Chalice Lighters, 12700 SE 32nd St., #E-101, Bellevue, WA 98005-4317. This call will be open for contributions through November 4, 2013. Donations received after that date will go into the Chalice Lighters Undesignated Fund.
Chalice Lighters, thank you for helping out our good friends at Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
In gratitude and solidarity,
TK Kleiner for the PNWD Chalice Lighter Team