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Your donation to Unitarian Church New Bedford helps support our programs and services, such as our community outreach and social justice efforts. We rely on the generosity of our members and supporters to keep our church thriving and to make an impact in our community. Thank you for considering a donation to our cause.

A Letter from the Board President

Dear Members & Friends,


As we embark on another fiscal year, I am writing to express our gratitude for your continued support and to request your participation in our annual pledge drive for FY 2024/2025.


At the First Unitarian Church, we understand the importance of community and shared responsibility in sustaining our mission and ministry. Your contributions, whether through pledges or donations, enable us to carry out our programs, maintain our facilities, and support our staff and volunteers.


You may wonder about the distinction between a pledge and a donation. A pledge is a commitment made by a member to contribute a certain amount of money over a specified period, typically annually, to support the ongoing operations and initiatives of the church. Pledges provide us with a reliable source of income, allowing us to plan and budget more effectively for the upcoming year. On the other hand, a donation is a one-time gift made by a member or supporter, which also helps to sustain our activities and fulfill our mission.


Your pledge helps us in the following ways:


Budget Planning: Knowing the amount of pledged income allows us to develop a realistic budget for the fiscal year, ensuring that we can meet our financial obligations and continue to offer meaningful programs and services to our congregation and the wider community.


Stability: Pledged income provides stability and predictability, allowing us to manage our finances better and allocate resources where they are most needed, whether supporting our ministries, maintaining our facilities, or investing in outreach efforts. Your ongoing commitment enables us to plan for the future with confidence.


Please take a moment to consider your pledge for the upcoming fiscal year which begins July 1, 2024 and runs through June 30, 2025. Your support is crucial to our success, and we are truly grateful for your partnership in advancing the ministry of the First Unitarian Church in New Bedford.


If you have any questions or need assistance with your pledge, please don't hesitate to contact our office. Thank you again for your continued support and commitment to our community.


With gratitude,


Steven Carmel

President, Board of Trustees

The First Unitarian Church in New Bedford

How does your donation support our diverse Beloved Community?

Minister & Staff

Building & Grounds

Welcoming & Diverse Church Services

Social Justice

Way Cool Sunday School

Inspiring Music

Guest Speakers


Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your local community and give back. It can be a rewarding experience and a great opportunity to meet new people. Volunteering can involve various tasks, from helping to set up events and sorting items in the Thrift Shop to organizing food in our food pantry. No matter your skills and interests, there is likely a way to get involved.


We come together as a religious community upholding freedom of conscience, right relationship, and the inherent worth of all people. We value our diversity and pledge to care for one another in the spirit of compassion, to speak and listen to each other with respect, and to promote justice and kindness in the world.

We encourage people to try new things and learn new skills because we believe that living a life of integrity, service, and love requires practice and a variety of life experiences.  Sometimes, we find we have talents we didn’t even know existed.

We always welcome financial contributions to help us meet our budget and operating expenses. This community is beloved to us, and we give in a way that expresses that love. 

Like many churches, we depend on individuals to help fund and carry out the work of our church. Our individual contributions support not only the local church but collectively, we support the larger denomination, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).

We know that the beloved community succeeds with many hands, making light work, and hope you will join us!

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