An update on the Campaign for Tomorrow
The recent Campaign for Tomorrow raised more than $1.4 million towards rebuilding areas at Knox Church that are used by children, youth and missions. Your donations to the Campaign already are making life-changing differences elsewhere in Cincinnati — and in Uganda, and in Israel.
In Kigarama, Uganda, construction is complete on a school for 300+ students. The school was built by Kigarama villagers under the direction of our partner, Building Tomorrow. Nearly 200 children in Kigarama do not attend school, as the closest facility is an 11-mile walk from the village. The Campaign for Tomorrow funded all of this work through a $35,000 investment.
The Jerusalem International YMCA in Israel has received $15,000 from Knox and has used that money to train Arab and Israeli teachers at its Peace Pre-School, attended by more than 100 Muslim, Jewish and Christian children from 10 months to five years of age. Children are learning to understand and appreciate the differences in their faith traditions, and that living together in peace is both desirable and attainable.
At Third Church, we have provided $30,000 to support the operating costs of that congregation. By taking away the pressure of constantly raising funds to keep its doors open, we believed we could help devote more energy toward serving its community—and that strategy is working, as Third’s programs targeting neighborhood children are thriving. The church is completing plans to build an outdoor basketball court (also supported by your donation to the Campaign), a fresh produce garden, and badly needed renovations to make its facility safer, more efficient and inviting.
Here at Knox, construction is underway on renovations for areas used by our children and youth, as well as in welcoming and hospitality. Demolition in the lower level is complete, and classrooms in that area are now open. All of our classrooms in other areas of the building will be fully refurbished and furnished by the end of the year. The all-new Social Hall is scheduled to open in December, as well as the Knox Room and Michigan Avenue.
- As with many construction projects, our bids came in a bit higher than we anticipated. We have done the hard work of finding plan modifications that stay within budget while maintaining the integrity of our mission.
- As we near completion of construction and imagine together the new and continued uses of our building, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.
It’s a good time to be a member of Knox Church. Your heart for giving, your vision of a better future, and your willingness to further the realm of God on behalf of all whom we serve is making a difference.