02 Oct

2018 Harvest Supper & Hands of Peace Awards!

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Saturday, November 10, 6 to 8pm

Unitarian-Universalist Church of Bangor, 120 Park St.

Vegetarian potluck followed by Hands of Peace Awards – bring a dish to share!

Suggested donation:  $10, $15 for a family, $5 for students

This year the Peace & Justice Center will present the Hands of Peace award to the Civic Engagement Group, intrepid local activists who, every week for almost two years, have had weekly sit down meetings about the issues that most concern us with the Bangor staff of Senators Susan Collins and Angus King.  The Youth Hands of Peace Award will be presented to our very own Amy Hughes, a passionate organizer and activist who served first as a volunteer, then as paid staff for the Peace & Justice Center for the last several years.

We invite individuals, businesses, and organizations to convey their message of greetings, appreciation, and congratulations to award recipients through ads in the Harvest Supper program booklet.

5.5″ wide x 8″ tall, the program will be shared with supper attendees and posted online.

 To purchase an ad for the program online, use this online form:  

2018 Harvest Supper Program Ad/Sponsor Form

We invite individuals, businesses, and organizations to convey their message of greetings, appreciation and congratulations to award recipients through ads in the Harvest Supper Program Booklet. The 2018 recipients are the Weekly Civic Engagement Group and Amy Hughes.
  • Ads should be greyscale or black-and-white and must be formatted as PDF documents, tiffs, or jpegs with all fonts and images embedded. Ads must be received by Monday, November 2nd.
  • Mail check to: Peace and Justice Center 96 Harlow Street, STE 100 Bangor ME 04401 OR to pay online Click Here
19 Sep

Help Us Decide the Future of the Peace & Justice Center!

The Peace & Justice Center is at a turning point. If left to operate as it is now, the Center will have to spend down reserve funds to pay rent and staff salaries and will likely close within a couple of years. Seeing this future as unacceptable, the Steering Committee formed an Ad Hoc Committee charged with developing several proposals to revamp the Center to best carry out our mission and to remain financially viable for many years to come.

Payroll is our largest expense. Maintaining paid staff to oversee the Center is essential.  We need someone to take phone calls, respond to e-mails, send e-mail alerts, and network with other organizations in a reliable and regular manner. Volunteers can and do contribute a lot — indeed we cannot continue without them — but we need someone to coordinate volunteers.

We have a spacious office in an ideal location with amenities such as a kitchen, a bathroom, and a storage room. A physical presence in the community is valuable — many people enjoy the gatherings we host here and use this welcoming space to hold meetings. However, many of our events (Harvest Supper, End Violence Together, Martin Luther King Day) are held at other venues. Staff could work from home.  Is having this space essential to our mission?

Projected budget for 10/1/2018-9/30/2019

Expenses

  • Personnel – 35 hour/week $30,275
  • Office space$12,150
  • Print newsletter$1,850
  • Events $1,150
  • Programs $3,925
  • Total projected expenses $49,425

(Note that most (85%) of the budget expenses are for personnel and space.)

Income

  • Donations, major donors, individual and organizational memberships  $33,100
  • Event income $1,700
  • Grants $2,000
  • Miscellaneous income (interest, space use, etc.) $1,700
  • Total projected income $38,500                               

Our annual General Assembly is scheduled for Saturday, November 10, from 3 to 5 pm at the UU Church, 120 Park St, in Bangor, just prior to the Harvest Supper that evening.  The Ad Hoc Committee is proposing four possible scenarios for consideration and decision.  No matter what we decide, all of these scenarios will need fleshing out with your support in the coming months. We will have the opportunity to engage in creative problem-solving to make our vision work.

Scenario #1: Keep staff and space essentially the same with changes to increase income generated by renting space, increased rental fees and requests for donations at films and other events, more active fundraising and membership development. Generating significantly more income is key to this scenario.

Scenario #2: Reduce or eliminate payroll and/or office space and eliminate the print newsletter in a bare bones version of Scenario #1

Scenario #3: Partner with another like-minded organization to pool our resources, share staff, space, and other expenses.

Scenario #4:  Dissolve the Peace & Justice Center.

We will need all of our voices, understanding, and commitment (as peace volunteers,  contributors, fundraisers, etc.).  Please do three things:

  1. Put the November 10 Peace and Justice Center General Assembly on your calendar, plan to attend, and encourage others to be there and
  2. Respond positively to the fundraising letter which you will receive in October.
  3. Actively consider the question, “What is your commitment to the future of the Center?”

If you cannot attend the General Assembly in person, but would like to give input on our four possible scenarios, follow this link to a form to submit your preferences – https://goo.gl/forms/8A1sX3B9qZvGGYI72 – or email us at info@peacectr.org, call us at 207-942-9343, or write us at 96 Harlow St, Suite 100, Bangor, 04401.

For more information contact Mary Dolan at mdolanme@gmail.com

18 Sep

October P&J Center Newsletter

You may download the October Peace & Justice Center newsletter by clicking HERE.

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