Dear Fellow UUCC Members:
We’ll cut to the chase. Based on pledges received to date, UUCC’s projected revenues for the next fiscal year stand at about 77% of the minimum amount we need just to maintain a budget at the same level as the current year. Some 98 member households have yet to pledge.
Friends, as your congregation’s Board of Trustees, it’s our responsibility to advise that, unless we close this gap, the risk of cuts in UUCC programs and/or staff reductions or furloughs starting July 1 is very real. Moreover, even if we were to attain the minimum levels needed to forestall cuts, we would still be far short of being able to do all that we have hoped for the coming year. We certainly would be unable to compensate all of UUCC’s professional staff fairly and equitably. About half of UUCC’s staff salaries are currently below the UUA’s minimum guidelines. Our staff have not seen a cost of living increase since 2019. As residents of one of the USA’s wealthiest counties, it’s long past time that we do.
The Board thanks Jim Reiser and Lisa Schlossnagle for their exceptional leadership of this year’s annual budget drive (ABD) once again during an especially challenging pandemic period. We also very much appreciate the entire canvass team’s time, talent, and dedication in supporting the pledge drive.
Likewise, we are grateful for the generosity of all who have committed to investing in UUCC over the coming year, particularly our “fair share” pledgers, first-time pledgers, and those who increased their pledges over previous levels. Your commitment and ongoing support are critical to keeping UUCC as the “incubator for good” that we all cherish.
If you are in a position to pledge but have yet to do so, now is the time, bearing in mind that pledging is part of the covenant of UUCC membership. Please click here on UUCC’s website ASAP where you can submit your confidential pledge electronically at whatever level you feel you can manage.
UUCC’s future is in your hands. Our budget is this congregation’s expression of the values and the priorities we hold most dear. Our congregation needs your support!
In our Congregational Covenant, we promise each other to “. . . pledge our time and vigor to the continuing celebration of spirit, of the world, and of humankind.” Now is the time to mobilize that “vigor” with your pledge.
With deep gratitude and in community, your Board of Trustees,
Tim Lattimer, President
Colette Gelwicks, First Vice President
Kristin Parrish, Second Vice President
Wendy Ramsey, Treasurer
Jim Johnston, Secretary
Sarah Basehart, At-large Member
Amy Brooks, At-large Member