VOTING MEMBERS ASSOCIATION (VMA)
Who We Are
We are the families, guardians or conservators of On My Own members. We’re called the “Voting Members Association” because each member of On My Own is represented by one vote.
Our Governance Responsibilities
The by-laws of the agency entrust us with the following responsibilities for the organization:
- We maintain the by-laws for the agency
- We elect the members of the Board of Trustees; three of whom are VMA members.
- We establish membership dues, service and other fund raising requirements for the voting members
Our Support of the Agency
We work to strengthen On My Own through the following activities:
- Volunteer at On My Own functions and support the organization with available skills
- Spread the word to other special needs families
- Connect with others (businesses or friends) who can provide volunteer, educational or financial support to the agency
- Serve on various committees to support the organization
- Assist with acclimation of new families – as requested by the agency staff
- Support each other as we help our special needs person create an independent life for him/herself
- We currently meet 3-4 times annually – typically in the On My Own office
- In addition to carrying out the business of the VMA, we have social events, invite speakers or host discussions on topics of interest
Dues/Family Value Points
- Each family is assessed $25 annually in support of VMA activities
- Each family is expected to earn a minimum of 1000 family value points annually through event participation, volunteering, or financial contributions. Even attending VMA meetings is a way to gain points.
Officers serve two year terms and are elected each October.