Wider Beloved Community,
In March of this year, our minister, Rev. Julie Conrady, was retrieving her 2 year old, Ezio, from a two story piece of our church’s playground equipment, when the wooden stair collapsed under them. Rev. Julie cushioned her toddler’s fall with her own body, and because the equipment was too close to the church building, she hit her head on the church building, giving her a concussion that neurologists say will take months to heal (but will heal, thank goodness!).
After a safety inspection of our playground, it was determined that multiple wooden structures were infested with wood rot, and our small but humble playground was too dangerous for our children. We have removed all dangerous equipment from the playground at this time.
Our RE program had 80+ kids pre-pandemic, and we are already back to over 45 kids at the time of this writing. We desperately need a safe playground for these children – the future of Unitarian Universalism in Birmingham, Alabama.
We want to install a commercial grade, metal playground to counter the buckets of rain Alabama receives each year. 2021 is one of the wettest summers on record here, and it rains daily from May through well into October. Our wooden playground, as gorgeous as it was, could not bear the brunt of climate change.
We have raised over $6,000 from our own congregation, but the playground we hope for is $31,000. It is not large or extravagant, and provides pieces for each stage of development. It is, however, built to last, and thus the price tag. We are hoping to raise $20,000 through this Faithify campaign so our children have a safe playground again.
Please help us to rebuild our playground! Our children (and all of our congregation) are so appreciative for your generosity.
11/11/2021Let's go everyone! Let's build a great play area for the kids.$150.00