Capital Campaign Fast Facts
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  • Goal: $1.1Million
  • Money pledged so far: $920,000
  • Money collected: $312,000
  • Funds spent as of January 31: $119,000
  • Range of gifts: $100 – $115,000
  • Households pledged: 133

Capital Projects Highlights

  • Parking project COMPLETE!
  • Conceptual plans received from architect David B. Singer

Timeline

  • 2016 – UUCWC began a comprehensive strategic planning effort to ensure the continuing strength of the church in serving its ministries and members in the years ahead.
  • 2017 – A Strategic Visioning Task Force worked with consultant Andy Hamlin to draft and finalize a document articulating the proposed plans and associated cost estimates, yielding an estimated $1.7 million in proposed renovations, repairs and improvements to the church facility and grounds.
  • November 2017 -The aspirational capital campaign goal of $1,100,000 was decided upon.
  • March 2018 – The Capital Campaign kicked off together with the Annual Stewardship Drive
    • Pledge payments range from 1-5 year financial commitments
  • January 2019 – Preliminary architectural plans reviewed that include expanded classroom, office and storage space, renovated kitchen, and an ELEVATOR!
    • Waiting on 3 bids from engineering firms to come back. Once finalized, we will review the needs list and prioritize projects accordingly.
    • We are constrained by ability to expand within the allowable space for impervious surface outdoors and by code restrictions that limit certain interior dimensions.
  • 2020 – Timing, likely to break ground in 2020; we need approvals from 4 agencies.

Looking Ahead

  • February 13: Preliminary architectural plans presented to board
  • February 26: Preliminary architectural plans presented to Church Council
  • March 3: Congregational information session between services (Middle Hour).

Identified needs with PRELIMINARY (pre-architectural input) price tag of $1.7 million

  • Parking and Grounds
  • Renovated and Modernized Kitchen
  • The Crossings Room
  • Architects and Permits
  • The Sanctuary
  • Expanded Lobby/ Elevator
  • Office, Activity Rooms, Storage Expansion

Capital Campaign Steering Committee: Jayme Trott and Susan Vigilante (Steering Committee Co-chairs), George Faulkner (Treasurer), Farzad Shadzik and Mary Acciani (Building and Renovations Co-chairs)

Contact us at capitalcampaign@uucwc.org.

If anyone is interested in participating as part of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee, we would be extremely grateful for someone with experience in communications. Unfortunately, it is not a core competency of our current team, and we would value the addition of someone who would be willing to share their expertise!!

Our new parking area – photos of how it happened  (Parking Diagram)

Capital Campaign Update – January 2019

Capital Campaign Update – September 2018

Capital Campaign Update – March 26, 2018

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Join in the excitement as we kick off our Capital campaign on March 4th!

In late 2016, the Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing began a comprehensive strategic planning effort to ensure the continuing strength of the church in serving its ministries and members in the years ahead.

The inclusive and thoughtful planning process that took place over eight months involved a broad array of leaders and congregants, and yielded an estimated $1.7 million in proposed renovations, repairs and improvements to the church facility and grounds.

Read more about the Capital Campaign and proposed renovations.

Given that we are embarking on a Capital Campaign and it soon will be time for the Annual Stewardship Drive, we have decided to run the campaigns simultaneously this year. This should allow everyone to have a more holistic view of our financial commitments to UUCWC.

So, what does this mean for you?

We encourage you to give thoughtful consideration FIRST to your annual stewardship pledge, as these funds keep the church engine running. We are fortunate to have a growing, thriving church and with that comes the need for additional resources to keep pace with the size and sophistication of our congregation and our programs. There are also general cost-of-living increases to consider. Our hope is that, at a minimum, you will continue your current annual pledge. However, if you are able, we would be thrilled to see you increase your pledge by 3-5% to address our rising costs.

Once you are comfortable with your annual stewardship pledge, we then ask you to identify other resources available to you to help fund a Capital Campaign contribution, which we see as a once in a generation opportunity to sustain and ensure the continuing growth of the church, its mission and ministries. Every gift is important and appreciated and can be extended over five years! We have already received several advance commitments and are excited about the potential of this campaign!

Beginning on March 4, and for the following Sundays through April 29, tables will be set up in the church lobby, staffed by Capital Campaign and Stewardship Committee members who will assist you in the pledge process. If you pledged in the past year, an envelope containing your pledge form along with the amount of last year’s pledge will be available. Those pledging for the first time can pick up a form.  You can also download a form here.

We would love to have the opportunity to discuss both campaigns, the proposed renovations and improvements to the church facility and grounds, and any other questions you may have about these financial commitments. Several members have trained as Ambassadors and are eager to answer your questions. If you would like to meet with one of us face to face, please contact us by email at Capitalcampaign@uucwc.org, or tap one of us on the shoulder Sunday morning to set up a time for a deeper conversation.

Jayme Trott and Susan Vigilante
Capital Campaign Co-chairs
capitalcampaign@uucwc.org

Lori Hoppmann
Stewardship Committee Chair
stewardship@uucwc.org.