The Caring ForceFebruary 14, 2013 Statewide Member Meeting
Welcome & IntroductionProviders’ Council Board Chair Sheri McCann
FY 14 Budget & Legislative Outlook Providers’ Council President & CEO Michael Weekes
FY 13 Budget & Legislative Priorities• $140 million to support programs and wages through rate reform• Salary Reserve for direct care human service workers not covered by rate reform• Pro-workforce legislative agenda – Health insurance – Tuition Remission – Loan Repayment
Since launching….• 24,141 people have visited TheCaringForce.org 37,095 times• 43% of visitors joined The Caring Force
What you can do onTheCaringForce.org• Speak out directly to state officials• Influence media and the public discourse• Organize on-the-ground events• Stay up-to-date with the latest news• Put a face on the human services community !
We’ll come to you!Presentations to Staff or Board Human Service Advocacy Events• Action for Boston Community • Fathers Family Fun Day Development • FundMentalHealth.org Rally • Human Service Forum• Alternatives Unlimited Legislative Breakfast• Bridgewell • Mass. Family Planning• Community Resources for Association Rally Justice • MetroWest Human Services• Community Work Services Advocacy Coalition• Kennedy Donovan Center Legislative Breakfast • ProjectABLE Advocacy Day• Pine Street Inn • Youth Jobs Rally• Road to Responsibility• The Home for Little Wanderers
Stay involved• Share your story on TheCaringForce.org• *Sign-up to have your story videotaped• * Submit multimedia (photos, video, etc) of the workers in the sector delivering services• Stay in the loop on social media – Like us at Facebook.com/TheCaringForce – Follow us at Twitter.com/TheCaringForce• Contact your legislators about supporting human services using TheCaringForce.org(* email TheCaringForce@providers.org for more information)
Save the DateBe part of The Caring Force’s 2nd Annual StateHouse Rally! • WHEN: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 • WHERE: Massachusetts State House, Boston • WHY: To make sure your legislators know how important you are and let them know what resources you need!
Spread the Word• Encourage staff, service recipients, friends, & family to join in with you and to share their story• Make pledge cards or the web access available on-site• Inform people on how they can create email addresses for free so they can stay connected• Promote the Caring Force on your social media outlets (e.g. Facebook, Twitter)
Group Discussion Stay connected • Visit http://TheCaringForce.org • Follow @TheCaringForce on Twitter • Like http://facebook.com/TheCaringForce • Email TheCaringForce@providers.org