Urban Mission announces Capital Campaign
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- A local safety net for people in the North Country is turning to the community for some help. The Watertown Urban Mission has announced its first Capital Campaign for facility improvements and to form an endowment for the future.
The campaign's goal is to raise $2 million. More than half of that has already been raised through pledges from individuals, businesses and foundations.
The Urban Mission building at 247 Factory Street has needed a fix-up since the organization moved into it in 2004. The money raised will go toward making the facility safer, more efficient and better suited for their many programs.
“We have a ton of issues with unsafe and aging electrical wires, we also have very inefficient windows and doors, we’re not necessarily handicapped accessible for all, so those are some major things we want to address,” said Erika Flint, Executive Director WUM.
The Urban Mission’s food pantry is the second busiest food pantry in Central and Northern NY serving nearly 550 unique families each month. They also help people maintain stable housing and run a thrift store.