When you donate to our General Fund, we make sure your funds go where they are most needed, with a portion always going to our scholarship fund. Donating to this fund helps us in cases of emergency like the roof collapse of 2016, the heating system upgrade in 2017, the plumbing fixes in 2019, and the full stop of rental income during the COVID-19 crisis. We’ve also found that our 100-plus-year-old building requires a lot of ongoing love and attention for it to continue to be able to provide space for teachings and cultural and community events.
In any given year, there are expected and unexpected issues that arise and need immediate attention. We do our best to anticipate the unexpected and maintain emergency funds for those occasions. Your support of the General Fund helps us be prepared for these events and also to work on known issues to prevent problems in the future.
As we prepare to return to in-person classes and events, we will continue to offer a Live Stream option for non-local students. To optimize the experience of people both online and in-class, we are upgrading our Audio-Visual system with the help of the awesome woman-owned company, Ideas with Impact. They have donated many hours of their time to help us determine what we will need and we are excited to implement their suggestions with new state of the art monitors, computer system, and microphones to provide a high-end interactive experience for everyone! Estimated cost is between $3,000 and $6,000.
Window Frame Replacement
Many of our window frames are in need of replacement due to age and water damage. This is an ongoing project as we replace the most compromised ones first and as finances allow. Estimated cost is between $7,000 and $9,000.
Staining of Deck and Garden Fence
Estimated cost is $2400.
Stained Glass Repair
During routine maintenance, we were shocked to find that our beautiful stained glass windows require major restoration. We were able to complete work on one of the larger windows, but still have a second large window and many of the smaller windows to complete.