The UCM Is Getting a New Dishwasher!

Recently, past President and former volunteer with the Hospitality Committee, Stas’ Mackiewicz, asked the Board of Management to provide a new dishwasher. There has long been talk at the UCM of the need for a new one. He explained that much of his time at the UCM over the past nine years “has been in front of the sink and dishwasher, initially as part of the Hospitality Committee and now supporting a special event here or there. Given [his] relationship with the current dishwasher and being the Past President on the Board of Management, [he] agreed to lead an ad hoc group of members and friends to explore improving and expanding our hospitality, particularly following Sunday services.

The group expressed a unanimous opinion that the major roadblock in recruiting and retaining volunteers to work in the kitchen was dishwashing.” Stas’ then took these comments to the Board, with a request to buy a more effective and efficient dishwasher for the UCM kitchen. 

At the April meeting of the Board of Management, a motion to set aside the money to purchase the machine was unanimously approved. Our building manager, John Inder, administrator, Julie Golick, and rentals coordinator, Melani Litwack, then researched commercial kitchen equipment and talked to the company that services our current machine. John spoke with a representative of one of the major suppliers, who recommended two machines that meet the UCM’s needs. The Board approved John’s selection, and the new machine will be installed in a few weeks.   

It currently takes one person 4 hours to clean up after an event like the Midday Meal. In the future, dishes will just need a quick scrape and rinse, but a bit of residue will not be a problem. This will save a great deal of time and energy, encouraging rental of our kitchen by external groups. 

Community meals, say Bill Gilsdorf and Susan Gyetvay, allow us to extend the time we all spend together, eat communally, and reach out to folks who may be hungry. Food and community are inseparable. As Zach Giordano once wrote, “Food is powerful. It brings us together, shapes our memories, and empowers our communities.” 

The money for our new dishwasher comes from the Phoenix Project Fund, lately increased by a generous legacy giving  donation from Sylvia Heuckendorff. A legacy gift refers to a major gift made during the donor’s lifetime or in death as part of their overall financial or estate planning. You will sometimes hear them talked about as “planned giving, memorial giving, or tribute gifts.” UCM members can make a legacy donation in several ways: via an insurance policy, through a transfer of shares, or by naming the UCM as a beneficiary in their will.