In 2012, the Reach Campaign invited UUCF members to create a bold and transformative future for UUCF and our Unitarian Universalist values. Many congregants pledged generously, raising $2.65 million. In 2016, through the Within Reach, the congregation extended the campaign to new members and those who had not been able to pledge in 2012. That campaign raised an additional $100,000. With the funds already donated, Reach funds have accomplished much, including the projects listed below.
New, safe, environmentally friendly parking lot
- Visually welcoming entrance.
- Increased green cover and reduced storm water runoff.
- Sidewalks and extensive lighting, making it safe and accessible.
Repurposed and renovated spaces
- New conference tables, chairs and casual seating areas in the Program Building.
- Fresh paint in the Sanctuary and Program Building.
- New outside gathering spaces with picnic tables and chairs.
- New tables and chairs on the Sanctuary deck and around the grounds.
- Redesigned the website to make it more engaging and user-friendly (completed in 2014; due to be redesigned again in 2019).
- Video recording and live streaming capability for worship and other events.
- Closed-circuit broadcasting from the Sanctuary to other buildings.
- New master audio desk and computer equipment in the Sanctuary.
Paid off almost half our mortgage – $625,000 of $1.3 million
- Refinanced our mortgage in 2016, saving UUCF about $60,000 in operating expenses.
- Lowering operating costs frees up funds for programming or other priorities.
- Reducing ongoing cash flow needs increases our financial stability and health.
Reducing our carbon footprint and saving energy.
- An energy audit laid out a plan to reduce UUCF’s carbon footprint by adding insulation, updating windows, installing LED lighting, timers and more. As of summer 2018, most of these goals have been achieved.
- Savings will result in lower annual operating costs.
- Implementing the recommendations will demonstrate our commitment to UUCF’s Congregational Resolution on Climate Change adopted in 2013.
Upgrading UUCF’s septic fields.
Current septic fields were beyond their useful lives, and could have failed suddenly.
- When the Reach Campaign was launched, congregational leaders proposed closing UUCF’s septic fields and connecting to public sewer. This has since been determined to be financially and logistically unfeasible.
- Instead, UUCF upgraded its septic tanks.
Projects still to be accomplished
Investing 10% of Reach funds in social justice.
- At the 2019 UUCF Annual Meeting, the congregation approved the allocation of Reach funds to hire a part-time social justice coordinator or minister to manage UUCF’s social justice programs. Andrew Batcher was hired to fill that position starting Feb. 4, 2020.