The canvass, held every year in February and March, is the most important fundraising event of the year at UUCR. It is an opportunity for you, as a member or friend of UUCR, to refresh your awareness of the congregation’s financial costs and obligations, assess the value of the congregation and its work to you and your family, and make your most generous financial pledge.
Your pledges provide more than 75 percent of UUCR’s operating funds. UUCR's total expenses are budgeted to increase by 2.6 percent for 2018-19.
Our pledges along with rental income (we have two nursery schools that use buildings 2 and 3 each weekday) and money raised by our annual fundraising events are the only income received by UUCR.
Shining Our Light, Sharing our Joy
The canvass theme for 2018 is “Shining Our Light, Sharing Our Joy.” Unitarian Universalism and UUCR have a long history of social justice action that we carry with us into the future. Our canvass vision recognizes that what we do today will resonate and benefit us all in ways that help to build beloved community.
This year’s canvass theme “Shining Our Light Sharing Our Joy” reminds us that we must continue to reach out within our congregation and our community to share our UU values. With that in mind, our vision for this year’s canvass is to:
Project our values into the world through high-visibility social justice programming; including supporting recent immigrants and other communities in need.
Develop the next generation of leaders through stimulating religious education programming.
Sustain the continuing work of our ministry team to provide the services, care, and spiritual guidance needed to build our beloved community.
We hope you will join us in making this vision a reality.
Why Should I Pledge?
Your financial support enables UUCR to engage in all the services and activities that sustain our community.
We grow spiritually with year-round worship, sermons that challenge and inspire, music from and for our hearts, and our meditation and ministry groups.
We build community. From quilters and crafters to spirituality and young adult groups to Small Group Ministry, UUCR is a place to welcome newcomers, find friends, have fun, and grow together. We care for each other, provide support in times of need, and rejoice in our shared community.
We care for our congregational home, which requires heat, electricity, cleaning, maintenance, repairs, and upgrades.
We teach our children and youth in lively Faith Formation programs and expand our horizons with a stimulating Adult Faith Formation program.
We build social responsibility through support for advocacy for social change in areas such as racial justice, immigration, and the environment. We support programs for the homeless, at-risk children, a community health clinic, and rainbow teens.
We gain from the perspectives and experiences of our ministers.
We support the environment by reducing our energy use, working for environmental justice, and educating our congregation on “green living” options.
We support national and regional organizations that give voice to our UU principles.
We provide for an exceptional staff. Our wonderful minister, assistant minister, religious education director, music director, pianist, church administrator, communications and membership director, and administrative assistant enrich our lives and support the vital work of this congregation.
How Do I Pledge?
This year, Pledge Sunday was held on March 4. During this special worship service, all members and friends who attend were invited to complete a pledge card.
If you were unable to attend on March 4, you can also pledge online.
Throughout the remainder of March, there were opportunities to learn more about the 2018 Canvass by visiting the canvass table in the entrance corridor on Sundays. Please stop by the table to complete a pledge card if you haven’t already done so.
How Much Should I Pledge?
Our canvass goal for fiscal year 2018-19 is $624,64, an 8.2 percent increase over last year.
To ensure that we meet that goal, we ask last year's pledgers to consider increasing your pledge by 10 percent.
If this is your first time pledging and you don't know how much to pledge, here are some resources that could help you figure out how to shine and share:
UUCR members generously pledged an average of $2464.25 ($1500 median) for fiscal year 2017-18.
Pledging, like any commitment, is a personal expression of your values. Please consider thoughtfully and make the most generous pledge possible. Please consider what UUCR contributes to you, your family, your friends, and our community.
How and When Do I Pay My Pledge
Pledges made during this canvass should be fulfilled by a single payment or multiple payments (monthly or quarterly, for example) before June 30, 2019.
Checks can be mailed to UUCR (100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville, MD 20850), placed in the offering basket during Sunday morning services, or placed in the deposit slot in the wall of the Building 1 hallway (across from the copier workroom/quiet sitting area). Whichever method you choose, please put “pledge” in the memo line of your check to ensure it is properly credited against your pledge.
Pledges can also be paid through direct debit. To make a one-time payment or to set up a regular monthly payment from your checking or savings account, simply click here. To learn more or to request assistance in setting up your direct debit, please contact UUCR Assistant Treasurer, Eric Burch.
Later this spring, pledgers will receive quarterly statements from the UUCR Assistant Treasurer that show your commitment for UUCR's next fiscal year.
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