Welcoming Improvements Now! Task Force

WIN Survey Results

Thanks everyone for participating in the Welcoming Improvements Now (WIN) survey. We had 79 responses. It is part of AUUC’s vision to welcome everyone to our church and show that we value and support and are able to nurture each individual. At times, our church space and accessibility can limit our intentions. The WIN task force was established last summer to help identify priority investments for the congregation and to set up plans for their practical implementation and fundraising. The survey results indicate that the congregation is very receptive and willing to financially support these improvements. Top priorities include the upgrades to our A/V system and sound in the sanctuary and new chairs (both with average score of 3.86, mean 4 (yes)). Other items were also ranked high (averages above 3.4). See charts below. Comments from respondents also recognized the need to upgrade kitchen appliances, create a space for our youth, and enhance parking and sidewalks to the street. 

For the next few months, the WIN task force is gathering additional information on A/V systems, chairs for the sanctuary, and elevator/lift possibilities (notably asking for feedback from other churches who have these upgraded items). We are discussing our findings with the Board and House & Grounds committee and will present them to the congregation (Watch out for newsletter updates and information tables on Sundays!) We then hope to run fundraising activities to deliver on improvements. 

If you have any questions – please contact a member of the WIN task force. 

Jenn Carlson – Connie Diamant – Jan Forsyth – Kate Heilig – Nancy Melito

Sarah Pevner – Julie Schuck – Judy Usherson – Dean Wanderer

Task Force Background

It is part of AUUC’s vision to welcome everyone to our church and show that we value and support and are able to nurture each individual. At times, our church space and accessibility can limit our intentions. The Social Justice committee, as part of their recent social justice focus on welcoming people with disabilities, asked various committees to participate in making our church more accessible and welcoming. Starting with a draft set of actions (from simple adjustments to major improvements) based on UUA recommendations, the committee sought feedback from other committees through the Program Council. Committees were able to consider things they were already doing as well as ways to make their processes more welcoming and inclusive. In these and subsequent discussions, a number of wish-list items emerged for the building and programmatic use. A systematic process is needed to support and prioritize the ideas of committees and congregational participants and turn improvements for welcoming and inclusion into a reality for the church.

Point of Contact: Julie Schuck

Task Force Charge