Alpha Resource Center of Santa Barbara is a membership organization. This means as a member of Alpha, you help guide the organization into the future.
In practice, the membership elects the board of directors (of which only Alpha members are eligible to hold office) and provides a guiding voice to our mission through other votes, including any proposed changes to the organization's bylaws. In function, you are the heart of Alpha Resource Center.
Our membership plays another vital role in fulfilling our mission. While we are a service organization, not a lobbying organization, we partner with The Arc California and The Arc US in their lobbying efforts. At the state and federal level respectively, these two organizations represent us, and other organizations like ours, in an effort to ensure legislation and legislators consider the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The larger our membership, the louder our voice. In the world of politics, numbers translate to votes. And votes are what influence decisions. While Alpha Resource Center does not promote political platforms, positions, or candidates, we do support legislation that meets the needs of the individuals and families we serve.
To lend our voice in support of the needs most important to the individuals and families we serve, Alpha Resource Center pays regular dues to these two lobbying organizations. Those dues support the important work they do.
Your membership allows us to pay these dues.
Each Alpha Resource Center member, as a result, is a member of not just Alpha, but The Arc California and The Arc US. The power and influence of your voice is tripled when you become a member of Alpha.
So, to answer the question we started with, being a member means your voice is heard as it ensures a bright future for the individuals and families served by Alpha Resource Center.
From the people and policies keeping us focused on our mission, to the partner organizations working on behalf of those we serve, your membership makes it possible!
Becoming a member is as easy as 1-2-3.
1) Using the secure giving form below, chose which level of membership is right for you:
2) Select an amount for your additional donation supporting the continuing work of Alpha.
3) Complete your contact and payment info.
Once a year, on the anniversary of your membership, we'll send you a reminder that it's time to show your support of Alpha again, keeping your membership active and your voice heard.
If you're already a member, you can renew your membership using the same easy steps.