2021-22 CVUUS Canvass Pledge Drive: Bound for Joy

Begins March 7!

We believe a better time is coming when we will be together again, in person, in all the different ways we gather to do good in the world and to support one another. We look forward optimistically to the time we are in our beautiful sanctuary and in the Ann Ross Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings. This year has been one of extraordinary challenges, requiring us in our remote lives to be creative and resilient. The resources needed to get CVUUS back to our full program are significant. We trust that CVUUS members and friends will be as generous as possible in providing for this hopeful future. Bound for Joy suggests a forward-moving train: Climb aboard!

Watch for:

  • A bag of treats from your Canvass Co-Chairs!
  • A message from your “Village Leader”–who will talk with you about CVUUS and our joyous destination, and help you pledge online or on paper.
  • This Train Is Bound for Joy performed on banjo by Chris Prickitt and adapted from the traditional gospel song This Train by Ted Scheu: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SWS-TNGRyL7s73Iw0s7zDs9RAJzKLgjN
  • Our Kick Off at the March 7th worship service.

Want to help?  Contact Brett Millier (millierb@gmail.com) or Karl Lindholm (lindholm@middlebury.edu)

Pledging Options

Pledge online here: https://cvuus.breezechms.com/form/boundforjoy Mary Hadley (hadleyme@juno.com) is happy to go through the online form for with you versus mailing out and returning a paper form. (trying to go green where we can.)  She did a few pledges that way last year.

Pledge by mail sending in this form: Bound for Joy Pledge Form

Charitable Giving Options

Stock Transfer Giving: We recently converted one of the CVUUS investment funds to a brokerage account that allows transfer/donation of stock from member or friend non-Vanguard accounts to the CVUUS Vanguard account. This will simplify our financial processes and costs less than our previous process through Cetera. We have successfully received the first stock donation using the new Vanguard account, so if you are interested in giving to CVUUS in this way you can refer to Vanguard account 29559438 and DTC# 0062.

Online Giving: Our new Breeze Church Management software enables many different ways to contribute funds to CVUUS!  3 are documented below and demonstrated further here: New Giving Methods demo

It defaults to Share the Plate 50/50 giving but you can change it by clicking on the arrow icon in the “to Gifts Non-pledge” bar as viewed below or by left clicking on the bar if you can’t see the arrow. Either route will allow you to see your giving options.

Enter the amount you want to give. It defaults to Gifts Non-pledge but remember you can use the drop down on the right of that field to choose another giving category.

You can choose the add a gift to another fund

Fill out the other fields in the form including credit card information and select frequency (it defaults one time gift, but you can use the drop down on the right to choose something different)

Indicate if you wish to pay the service charge for online giving.

Add comments for Kris Butler our Bookkeeper if necessary and click Donate Now.

A copy of the transaction will go to fm@cvuus.org (the bookkeeper account) and you will get a confirmation email if you provided that information.

  • Credit card by phone: (point your camera phone at the QR code)

it should pop up a form for contributing – It defaults to Non-Pledge, general giving but you can change it or add more to split

Point your camera at the QR code and the box “hones in” on the code and provides the popup at the op asking if you want to open breezechms.com in Safari so you click that to continue (this is an iphone, other phones may work differently, but should be similar)

Clicking that popup takes you to our CVUUS giving page

Enter the amount you want to give and it defaults to Gifts Non-pledge but you can touch those words and choose another giving category from the list provided (this shows a scroll list at the bottom of my screen)

Or choose the add gift to another fund

Fill out the other fields in the form including credit card information and select frequency (it defaults one time gift, but you touch those words and choose another frequency from the list provided (this shows a scroll list at the bottom of my screen)

Add comments for Kris Butler our Bookkeeper if necessary and click Donate Now.

A copy of the transaction will go to fm@cvuus.org (the bookkeeper account) and you will get a confirmation email if you provided that information

  • Text to give by phone:  call (518) 255-8053   (any amount appreciated) format:

Text $50 to give $50 to Non-Pledge, general giving

Text $50 pledge to give $50 to Pledge 2019-2020

Text $50 donee to give $50 to Share the Plate Donee

First time text givers will be prompted to provide their payment method via a secure web page (the same process as you see in the QR code method of giving)

once done you get this text

You can only text to one fund at a time.

You can setup reoccurring donations from texts by adding the word weekly, biweekly, monthly, or yearly after the amount and fund, if named.

You can also type refund to refund a text gift within 24 hours of giving it.

The next time you text

It thanks you right away without having to enter anything else.

Questions? Contact Mary Hadley or Kris Butler.

Below are canvass messages and testimonials from March 2020:

Sunday, March 1st  –Stewardship Service & Pledge Drive Kick-off

Sunday, March 8th –Testimonial by Tracey Harrington, Clarity of Values

Sunday, March 22nd –Testimonial by Ted Scheu, You’re the Top

Sunday, March 29th –Testimonial, What CVUUS Means to Me.