Becoming a member of The Federation of Community Social Services of BC mean joining a powerful, supportive and progressive network of community social service leaders, their agencies and organizations. Membership is available to agencies or organizations that deliver direct or indirect services and supports to children, youth, adults and families and the Federation welcomes applications for membership in three categories: Full voting, Associate and Individual. We also have Honorary members. See the section on benefits to find out what membership might mean to you and your agency or organization.
To learn more about the Federation's membership, check out the four fact sheets below detailing a range of information about our members - from funding sources and partnerships to service provision and staff contingent.
Member Sheet #1 - Overview
Member Sheet #2 - Funding Sources & Partnerships
Member Sheet #3 - Workforce
Member Sheet #4 - Service Provision
All prospective members should read and reflect on the expectations of membership. This will be your Federation and we hope that you will agree that these should be basic to being a member in good standing. The Federation also commits to uphold its promises to you.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Rebecca Ataya at The Federation office to further discuss the benefits, requirements and application process. You are also welcome to participate as our guest at one of our provincial general meetings (held in February/March, June and October/November each year). This presents an excellent opportunity to learn first hand about the Federation, its role in the sector, and the benefits of belonging.
Applications may be submitted at any time. Upon receipt of the application, the package will be reviewed by the Membership Committee and then a recommendation is made to the full membership. Ratification of new members is done by the full membership at the outset of each general meeting.
The application package consists of an application form, a letter of reference from either a Federation member or your contract manager, new member survey form, and audited financial statements. Upon ratification, your agency will be invoiced for dues owing for the remainder of the fiscal year and you will receive a New Members Orientation package with information about how to access the members section of the website, apply for insurance programs, etc.
We regulalrly hold on-line information sessions about The Federation; please contact us if you are interested in joining or would like more information about the benefits of membership or how to apply.