Celebrate the Gifts UUCY Gives Us
Pledge to UUCY for 2019-2020
Do you believe in giving to the values UUCY represents? Do you believe in our Mission Statement, and the Programs and Events we Hold?
Join us, and make this year’s Celebration of Abundance Appeal a huge success by pledging your financial support to UUCY. The gifts you give to UUCY make possible the gifts we give back to our community.
Our reach goal is to help our community members consider a gift of 5% of income towards UUCY. Join our UUCY community in Pledging your Financial Commitment to UUCY for the 2019-2020 year.
We are grateful to you- for the time, passion and joy you bring to our congregation on Sundays and every other day of the week.
Complete your Two-Part Pledge Card Quickly and Easily Online
Monetary Pledge Levels and Self-identified percentages of gifting should be based on adjusted gross income, plus pension, annuity and other income, and minus medical, care and education expenses.
Can't make it to UUCY? You can download, print, and email your form to firstname.lastname@example.org, or print and mail the form to UUCY Office, c/o Annual Appeal, 950 South Duke Street, York, PA, 17403.
Thank you for your pledge, your commitment to financially support UUCY for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Even if you have pledged in the past, we require that you fill out a pledge form this year.
- Consider the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for an easy option to give from your checking or savings account automatically. If needed, this can be changed at any time. For new EFT's, please attach a voided check if applicable.
- Pledges can be amended at any time.
- Consider pledging online, for secure, quick, and easy pledging.
- Return your pledge card: to the black lock box in the Lobby, to the Stewardship mailbox in the Carriage House, or via mail to UUCY, attn: Stewardship.
- Questions about any of the above items? Email email@example.com.
- Members and friends who find themselves in unexpected financial difficulty are encouraged to talk with the Minister about applying for a grant from the Minister's Discretionary Fund. This fund has been used for one-time payments to creditors for emergency situations such as catastrophic medical bills, threatened utility shutoffs, and funeral expenses. Paid pledges and contributions cannot be refunded.
"Volunteerism is the principle of donating time and energy for the benefit of other people in the community as a social responsibility rather than for any financial reward. Volunteerism changes lives at UUCY....At UUCY, we have an ideology of abundance. We have volunteers that are generous, and we are generous with the use of our facilities."- George Darling, Sunday, February 12
Listen to the stories of how UUCY is changing lives, at right.
The Gift of Sharing Values
I personally have been going through stewardship blogs, talking to leadership, and reading the UUA stewardship reports for guidance. It has been very interesting. What I want to do is to open a dialog with you about what you value. During the campaign, I hope that you'll have a chance to attend a Stewardship Cottage Meeting or to speak individually with one of the Visiting Stewards. We would like to thank you for your past support and to listen to what's on your heart about the reasons you cherish UUCY. I and the other Visiting Stewards would be glad to share with you what UUCY means to us. We will show how UUCY is one of the best investments you can make with your money. We want to hear from you about what you value and what you hope the money you give to UUCY will help accomplish.
My conversations so far with members, leaders, and community partners have been eye opening. I'll tell you that we are one of the beacons of light for liberal religious freedom in York County. We are partnering with other agencies to fulfill needed services to the community. Members are striving to help out our larger religious movement, the Unitarian Universalist Association, because we are stronger when we are connected.
The Gift of Confident Planning
Our leaders have been engaging in intensive planning so that we can make the best use of our gifts long-term. The Financial Process Task Force, headed by Susan Boutin and Doug Hober, engaged in research about our congregation's needs and the best practices and resources available. Their recommendations will help us build strength in financial areas. The Strategic Long Range Planning Task Force, led by George Boutin, has been asking deep questions and drafting a three-year rolling strategic plan. The Board, under the leadership of Dianne Creagh, and the Program Council, under the leadership of Julie Amberg, are lining up to implement this plan. As you know, our pledges are the instrument at the center of our congregation's financial planing. The seeds of pledges grow into programs and ministries.
Staff and leaders continue to work hard. Our Finance Committee, headed by Winnie McDonagh, has performed a careful review of our existing systems, identified some challenges, and solved them. Our Director of Communication and Administration, Erika Juran, negotiated a new stream of income through the rental of our parking lots during the week. The three-year rolling strategic plan includes a provision to do more research about potential income streams next year. Now even more than ever before, we can be confident that our gifts will be thoughtfully put to use.
The Gift of Giving Back
Here are just a few examples of the programs that we at UUCY support that change lives in the York community, as they describe themselves:
Water in the Wave Sangha
Watch the video, above.
Pennsylvania Nonbelievers, Inc., is a non-profit educational organization devoted to delivering information for rational and critical thinking. The group welcomes atheists, agnostics, unbelievers, secularists, humanists, and those whose lives are guided by a human-centered morality to join lively discussions.
Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.
These are just a few of the groups that UUCY supports through partnership and sponsored rentals. Considering the breadth of perspectives and practices of the groups, what ties them together is making York a more welcoming and inclusive place.