Join Our OrganizationCorporate Membership
Corporate Members are recruited from the community and include participants and family/guardian members, government leaders, business and professional people, church and civic representatives and other interested citizens. Opportunities for Inclusion (formerly GWArc) has a strong community presence and maintains an active recruitment and orientation process for members, directors, officers, self-advocates, and volunteers. Individuals must serve as Corporate Members for one year in order to be elected to serve on the agency's Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the business of the corporation, including the establishment of long range and annual plans, program evaluation and financial management. The board meets once a month and receives reports from the Standing Committees, the Treasurer, the Secretary, and the Chief Executive Officer. A report to the entire membership is made at the agency's Annual Meeting in November of each year.
The major responsibilities of a Corporate Member are:
- Volunteering in some capacity or participating on a Standing Committee
- Sharing your skills and make community connections for participants, staff, and managers
- Attending Annual Meeting
- Learning and understanding the agency's mission, corporate structure and program services
- Following Board Ethics and Policies, particularly confidentiality/HIPAA
- Setting Board Policy
- Participating on at least one agency Standing Committee
- Hiring and delegating management to the Chief Executive Officer
- Planning for the future of the organization: long-range planning annually, team effort with staff and other stakeholders and annual review of agency mission, by-laws, strategic plan, and performance analysis
- Monitoring and evaluating finances, performance of the Chief Executive Officer, and progress toward meeting mission and long-range plans
- Assisting in fundraising and development
- Participating in community advocacy and public relations on behalf of the organization
- Contributing expertise to the organization and developing community resources for the agency
- Completing annual Board Effectiveness survey
The work of the Board of Directors is accomplished through five Standing Committees. All Board and Corporate members must serve on one of these committees:
- Program Advisory
- Human Rights
- Health, Facilities, and Safety
Policy development and monitoring responsibilities affect the everyday operation of Opportunities for Inclusion. The burden and responsibility of this task is considerable, as it must be. Bear in mind that programs and services are established to safeguard the rights and welfare, the fiber and very quality of life, for people who need our services.
All Corporate and Board Members will be provided with an orientation and the necessary training for these important positions.
Join Opportunities for Inclusion as a Corporate Member and become part of a dynamic organization, planning for our future.