Membership is the basic foundation on which every Chapter and the State Organization was founded. Membership can fulfill many Chapter needs, such as volunteers for Chapter board of directors, program and service committees, community volunteer support, manpower, and energy for fundraising campaigns, public awareness, special events, and other important activities.
As Membership increases, so does the Chapter’s voice and strength at local, state, and national levels.
Statewide Membership gives the State Organization, The Arc New York, the voice it needs to influence decisions made by state legislators and policymakers, thus enhancing the organization’s advocacy efforts.
Membership allows The Arc New York to provide quality programs and services, and important opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as a home to live in, daily activities, community engagement and meaningful employment.
Membership is as important today as it was in 1949. With a collective Chapter membership of nearly 100,000, our ability to advocate on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is strong and effective. Members equal constituents which is important to legislators.
The more members, the greater the influence!
Become a member at your local Chapter today!