Funding Resilience at UU Community Coops

Funding Resilience at UU Community Coops

Crowdfunding Completed: November 29, 2017

Amount Funded: $8800

Project Owner: UU Community Coops

Short Description of Project

We are installing 47 solar panels on our two homes and starting an emergency fund for UUCC members facing financial hardship.

How was this project connected to UU?

How does your project claim Unitarian Universalism?

Here at UUCC we are grounded in the values and tradition of Unitarian Universalism. We claim Unitarian Universalism as a saving faith, a rich, spirit-nourishing tradition that offers fuel for the work of justice and call us to that great practice of covenant. Although our members have many different faith backgrounds and affiliations, as a community we have affirmed the following UU Principles, Sources, and The Five Smooth Stones, as well as our shared grounding which we wrote to help articulate why it is that we are doing what we are doing. From the chalice chimney on our logo to the songs we sing on Sunday night, we claim Unitarian Universalism, and we believe that a faith as theologically diverse as ours needs institutions just as diverse. We’re striving to serve that need, living Unitarian Universalism seven days a week.

How is your project claimed by Unitarian Universalism?

UUCC and it’s houses are thrilled to be in many mutual and covenantal relationships with UU individuals and UU organizations. UU religious leaders serve on our board and live in the house, the generosity of spirit and pocketbook of the UUs are the backbone of our financing, youth groups regularly stop by Lucy Stone on pilgrimage trips to Boston to join their voices in song and share their answers to one of our core questions, “How do we now that we’re UU, not just on Sundays, but seven days a week?” We’ve been written up in the UU world and lifted up by UU movers and shakers as an example of the “beyond” in “congregations and beyond”. At the UUA General Assembly of 2015, we became a Covenanting Community with our UUA and we continue to learn with our fellow journeyers about all the many ways this faith can claim and transform us.

Full Description of Project

We know that we live in a time of intense wealth disparities and environmental crisis. One of the founding ideas behind Unitarian Universalist Communities Cooperatives was that we could live a different way- that housing could be a means of shelter and not profit, that we could choose cooperation over competition, that we could live our values better in community than we can on our own.

Will you support us in growing spiritually grounded and joyous intentional community that is accessible to people with low incomes?

As an affordable housing community, we know it is crucial that our costs remain low and that we support our low-income community members when unexpected life events happen. In service of our long-term financial sustainability and affordability, we are installing solar panels! And, to ensure that short-term problems do not endanger members’ access to housing in our community, we are seeding an emergency fund to help cover emergency costs.

Your support will help hire a local worker-owned co-op, Great Sky Solar, to install 47 panels. Over twenty years, these panels will provide $100,000 in cost savings, and save countless pounds of carbon pollution. The cost savings will be split between residents – drastically reducing monthly electric bills – and the organization, allowing us to further our mission of providing affordable housing and intentional spiritual community.

We know that many organizing meetings, heartfelt conversations, and sharing of songs and meals will be powered by these solar panels.

In line with our commitment to social change and economic justice, some of the funds raised will go towards an emergency fund for housemates dealing with financial hardship. While the solar panels help reduce monthly payments for the long term, we are committed to also meeting our housemates’ short term and emergency needs so that unexpected events don’t result in loss of housing.

We need your support to live in to our values at this critical moment in our organization’s growth. By supporting this project, you will be investing in the long term viability of intentional faith-based communities, and in the just transition to an economy free from fossil fuels.

Thanks to a generous contribution from two donors, all contribution up to $10,000 will be doubled!

Your contribution of:

$25 becomes $50!
$100 becomes $200!
$500 becomes $1000!
Quick Facts:

Total Cost of Panels: $47,000
Financial Benefit over 20 years: approximately $100,000!
The panels will be installed by a worker-owned co-op, Great Sky Solar.
UUCC provides 26 rooms of permanently affordable housing for individuals and families.
Our communities are grounded in the values and tradition of Unitarian Universalism.
UUCC’s core values are spiritual practice, sustainability, and social change.
Thank you for funding our resilience: as an organization, as a community, and as a movement. We cannot do it without you, our wider community, and for that we are so grateful!