Ecumenical Christian Ministries needs $23,000 to complete its capital campaign.
And they need it by May 24.
The ECM, 1204 Oread Ave., started a capital campaign in April 2009 with a goal to raise $832,000.
A year ago, Tulsa-based J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation awarded the ECM a $119,000 challenge grant, which would round out the fundraising. To be able to use that money, though, the ECM must raise the difference between the grant and the total campaign goal.
“We’ve got to do a lot of work between now and May 24,” said Thad Holcombe, ECM campus minister.
With the money they’ve already raised, Holcombe has upgraded the historic building’s boiler and AC/HVAC system, installed interior storm windows, renovated the kitchen and paid off the roof loan. Still on the list of projects is to redo the parking lot, install an accessibility ramp to the lower first floor of the building and improve their cooperative housing.
The ECM recently earned a spot on both the national and state registers of historic places. The building, which was built in the 1960s, was often a gathering place for social movements. Holcombe said the February Sisters, a gay-lesbian alliance, and many other groups would gather there.
“The building itself is so welcoming, and the history makes it a sacred place,” Holcombe said. “It was a safe space for students to be.”
Holcombe said there have been more than 280 individual donors, some contributing from $10 to as much as $28,000. All levels of donations help, he said.
“It’s been a real outpouring from students, faculty and the community,” Holcombe said.
Holcombe said he’s meeting next week with other fundraisers to determine the best way to raise the rest of the money.
To donate, visit ecmku.org/who-we-are/contribute.