2021 was a year of adapting church again and again to meet brand new needs that didn’t match times before the pandemic and weren’t quite the same as in 2020. We offered more options to engage with worship, small groups, and service – online, in-person, and hybrid – so we could meet people where they are no matter what.
We’re excited to share just a glimpse into the impact we’ve had in 2021 (stay tuned for our full annual report coming later this week!):
- We kept improving and introducing ways for folks to engage with worship from home. We revamped and relaunched our Podcast in September and received 2,000 downloads across 14 countries in the first 90 days. Our YouTube Channel received 40,300 views.
- In March of 2021, we restarted Sanctuary Everywhere, and we are now supporting a family of 13 from Nicaragua.
- We provided over 600 acts of care – including meals, caring kits, and a listening ear – and 50 people participated in Tangled Blessings (an online grief group) and The Kitchen Table (drop-in caring time with Rev. Elaine).
- 52 people were involved in Foothills Climate Justice Ministry, including restarting the garden, Climate Cafe’s to process climate grief and fear, virtual sustainable suppers, movie nights, and a new Facebook Group to keep more folks up-to-date on climate calls to action.
- We played a crucial role in launching the Vaccine Equity Coalition, a grassroots effort by local organizations to improve access to the Covid-19 vaccine in BIPOC and Latinx communities. The Spanish-language call line created by the coalition registered 2,700 community members for vaccines, and five community clinics administered 1411 vaccines. Our work helping to form and support the coalition led to us being honored with BizWest’s COVID 19 Health Care Heroes Ally Award.
- Through it all, we continued to open our arms to all who seek community – we welcomed 297 newcomers in 2021!
From children’s programs to justice work to spiritual practices, all our work requires funding, and we are working hard to close our budget out strong.
We need to raise just over $10,000 by December 31st to close our budget gap. Every end-of-year gift, no matter the size, takes us one step closer to having both the stability to continue our work no matter what the new year brings and the hope that our mission of unleashing courageous love will continue for generations to come.
If you have already made an end-of-year gift, thank you. It not only makes a difference for our Foothills family but in our larger Northern Colorado community.
If you haven’t yet made a gift, we hope you’ll consider making a gift to Foothills Unitarian before December 31st.