In March 2021, Millville Monthly Meeting received a grant from the Quaker Buildings & Programs granting group to address pressing issues with their historic meetinghouse. While not a requirement, grant recipients from time to time reach out to express their appreciation for support they have received. There are many difficult aspects of grantmaking, nothing more so than having to make hard decisions with limited funds available. Getting to celebrate successful projects like this one is a joy. PYM’s grantmaking is a community process; it’s PYM members that choose to serve on granting groups that enables PYM to continue to make grants on behalf of everyone in the yearly meeting.
The members and attenders of Millville Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends extend gratitude to the Quaker Buildings and Programs Granting Group of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting for consideration of our request for grant funds to repair our meetinghouse, a landmark in town. The generous grant award of $10,000 will be used to offset the costs of restoring damaged areas of the 175-year-old meetinghouse. We have replaced the sagging hand hewn beams under the meetinghouse, repaired and replaced damaged flooring and upgraded our small kitchen space in the community room. As a small but thriving community of Friends we are so very grateful for the generosity of the Fund’s benefactors and our Yearly Meeting in this endeavor.
Many thanks to members of Millville Monthly Meeting for sharing with PYM the results of their work.
The cover photo is of the interior of Millville’s meeting house and features the newly finished floors.