Meetinghouse Renovation Campaign
Why a community–wide campaign?
This campaign is about preserving our historic meetinghouse and its parsonage, and making sure the church building is a safe, inviting space for all who use it now and in the future. The meetinghouse is truly a community house. As with any >200- year- old building that is heavily used, maintenance is an ongoing, expensive, never-ending proposition. Major projects, predominately related to safety and preservation and that are necessary to meet future needs, can no longer be postponed. The Church and AFC partnership is asking the congregation and the community to help financially with the work planned.
Why is the ACF involved?
Recognizing the importance of the historic meetinghouse in the life of the community, the ACF is partner- ing with the church to raise funds to ensure that the building will be preserved, safe, and secure to serve future generations of Amherst citizens. The ACF, dedicated to “enhancing the quality of life in Amherst, “ believes that this joint project carries out its mission. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, it will act as fiscal agent for receipt of funds from the public.
How does the community use the meetinghouse?
Preschool in the Village
Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops
Free Community Suppers Alcoholics Anonymous
Breakfast with Santa
Historical Society of Amherst
Amherst Junior Women
Friends of the Library book sale
Amherst Library Children’s Summer Reading Celebration
Atherton Commons Board of Directors
Let Go Your Summer Mind
NH Humanities Programs
Red Cross Blood Drives
Community choral and organ concerts
Countless weddings, funerals, memorial services, and meetings.
What are the goals of the campaign?
The church set a goal of $850,000. In a tremendous response from the congregation and two local grants in the first three months of the campaign, the church has received gifts and pledges of over $500,000. With the help of the congregation, the community, and grants from local foundations, it believes the church will reach its goal.