HMEA benefits from the leadership and guidance of committees that help us fulfill our mission. We seek to be the foremost provider of services that help people with disabilities lead fulfilling and independent lives.
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The Development Committee guides the Board of Directors on fundraising, financial development and marketing. The Committee Chair is a member of the Board of Directors, with at least one additional current board member and the Vice President of Development. Other members are volunteers, parents and supporters who are appointed. The Development Committee meets at least once per quarter and as needed.
- To assist creating a Development Plan that aligns with HMEA’s strategic plan.
- To identify opportunities for fundraising and assist in developing relationships in the community which will support the organization.
- To report to and engage the Board of Directors in fundraising activities.
- To assist in and provide support for donor recognition and stewardship.
- To periodically review development efforts as measured against the current plan and assist development staff in making adjustments as necessary.
- To open doors for Development staff and increase the constituency and support of the organization.
- To participate in planning, implementing and/or sponsoring fundraising activities and events that support the organization.
If you are interested in joining the Development Committee, please contact Doug MacPherson, Vice President, Development & Public Relations, at dmacpherson@HMEA.org.
Human Rights Committee
HMEA’s Human Rights Committees promote the human dignity and protect the legal rights of the people we serve.
The Franklin Human Rights Committee serves the Attleboro/Raynham Residential and Shared Living Area, the Bellingham and Plainville Day Habilitation Programs and Community Partners, and the Hopedale and Plainville Employment programs.
The Worcester Human Rights Committee serves the Uxbridge and Worcester Residential and Shared Living Program, the Millbury Center Day Habilitation and the Sterling Center Day Habilitation, and the Sterling Center Employment Programs.
The Human Rights Committees have five voting members. At least three of these members are individuals receiving HMEA services or the parents or advocates of individuals receiving services through HMEA. Members also include allied health professionals, a psychologist or Masters-level practitioner, and a legal professional.
The committees hold at least quarterly meetings. Three voting members are needed to meet quorum.
Family Action Council
HMEA’s Family Action Council (FAC) is a family-to-family network. Its mission is to have HMEA staff and families work together to advocate for and provide sustainable services, such as:
- Parent-to-parent networking
- Resource identification
The goal of the FAC is to engage and empower families to advocate for services and supports for their loved ones. The FAC generally meets quarterly at 6:30pm at HMEA’s Admin Office in Franklin, MA. These meetings are designed to help families network, share ideas and information, find available resources in Massachusetts and collaborate with HMEA regarding services. There are also parent-to-parent mentoring groups that assist new families coming into the adult services system and help them acclimate into HMEA’s community. These groups meet either monthly or quarterly at their individual programs.
Anyone who has a family member attending an HMEA program is welcomed to attend.
For more information about HMEA’s FAC and meeting schedules please contact Stephanie Guitard, Vice President, Business Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about HMEA’s committees, please contact Peggy Caldwell, Director, Day Habilitation Services, at email@example.com.