FORMING A CHAPTER OR AFFILIATE

 

Forming a Chapter

If you and others in your community want to have a faith voice on economic and racial justice issues in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you may want to form a VICPP chapters.  Chapters are local branches of the statewide organization that share the same values and mission.  Chapters’ primary organizational or program mission includes the following core components (although the language may vary):

  • Educating and mobilizing the religious community on issues and campaigns to address economic or racial inequities in Virginia.
  • Building relationships between diverse faith communities and standing with one another in times of struggle.
  • Lifting a faith voice and perspective with Virginia’s policy leaders on issues of common concern.
  • Honoring and respecting the differences among us while seeking unity on issues of common concern.

 

Chapters participate in setting the statewide agenda and work primarily on the issues set collectively statewide by the Board of Directors.  Chapter leadership meet during an annual retreat, usually held in June, at which the annual agenda is reviewed and Board members interact with chapter leaders.

Here’s how to get started:

1) Call the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) at 804-225-9612 and explore a time that someone from the staff or board could meet with a planning team.  Ask if VICPP has names of people in your area who have expressed interest in getting more involved.

2) Put together a planning team.   Make sure to recruit diverse people to serve on your initial planning team.  Think about faith community diversity, racial diversity and age diversity.

3) Set a planning meeting.  When and where you meet will send early signals about your commitment to diversity.  Although there is never a perfect time and place, do your best to think about what signals you send with the first planning meeting.

4) Recruit people to the first planning meeting.   Place personal phone calls to people you really want at the first meeting.  Email invitations are not enough until people are really committed.

5) Develop an agenda.  If a VICPP board or staff member can be at your planning meeting, he or she can explain the organization, the role of chapters and the affiliation agreement.  If you cannot get someone to be at the first meeting, use the affiliation agreement as the basis of the agenda and work through the key components of the agreement.

6) Set some reasonable goals.   Don’t focus too much initially on structure, but rather get people engaged in getting to know their elected leaders and getting involved in VICPP priority issues.  At any given time, there are plenty of things chapters can do to make a difference in the lives of Virginians.

7) Select a leader or contact person.  VICPP needs to know whom to contact.

 

Becoming an Affiliate

Affliates are pre-existing organizations that decide they want to partner with VICPP to strengthen their voices in addressing statewide policies and practices.  Affiliates should share VICPP mission of:

  • Educating and mobilizing the religious community on issues and campaigns to address economic or racial inequities in Virginia.
  • Building relationships between diverse faith communities and standing with one another in times of struggle.
  • Lifting a faith voice and perspective with Virginia’s policy leaders on issues of common concern.
  • Honoring and respecting the differences among us while seeking unity on issues of common concern.

 

Here’s how to get started:

 

1) Call the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) at 804-225-9612 and explore a time that someone from the staff or board could meet with the organization’s leadership.

2)  Review the Chapter and Affiliate Agreement.  Review the agreement and see what questions you have.

3) Meet with the VICPP representative.  Meet with the representative to learn more, ask questions and explore how VICPP might support your advocacy ministry.

4) Make a decision.  If becoming an Affiliate makes sense to your organization, vote upon it and send in the signed affiliation agreement to the VICPP office.  The agreement asks you to identify your contact person.