Top Ten Reasons to Start a CARP Chapter

1. Support CARP’s vision, advocacy and mission in your community
2. Give your community a voice on national issues
3. Become a leader and encourage community leadership
4. Interact with and meet individuals that are like minded and support
the same cause
5. Help promote community outreach initiatives
6. Take part in exciting events
7. Educate your community on important issues and topics related to
Canadian Zoomers
8. Support CARP’s “March to a Million” members campaign
9. Help make your community a better place for all
10.Most of all have fun and relish in being a Zoomer!

Memmbers of CARP Sudbury Chapter Board

Stronger Membership = Stronger Voice

Chapters are vital to the growth and influence of CARP’s mission nationally. Our objective is to be the most powerful advocacy organization for Canadians as we age. We currently have about 330,000 members, but our goal is to have a million members.

Our colleagues in the United States, AARP, have 37 million members.  (45% of 50+ pop). Because of its size, it is one of the most powerful lobby groups in the USA. When we get to a million members, our clout with politicians and businesses and the media will be that much greater.

CARP’s Mission:

CARP is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to a ‘New Vision of Aging for Canada’ promoting social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination. Our mandate is to promote and protect the interests, rights and quality of life for Canadians as we age.

CARP seeks to ensure that the marketplace serves the needs and expectations of
Canadians as we age and provide value-added benefits, products and services to
our members. Through our network of chapters across Canada, CARP is dedicated to building a sense of community and shared values among our members.

Purpose of Chapters:

Chapters represent CARP’s national infrastructure, through support and  advancement of its mission. CARP needs a strong, active network of Chapters throughout the country. Our Chapters’ leadership and commitment to volunteerism is an invaluable resource that strengthens CARP and its members.

Chapters not only provide a means of extending CARP’s objectives and presence at the community level, they are, in effect, “Club Houses” for CARP members. They provide an organizing principle for members to collectively develop ideas and activities; take leadership roles in their communities; promote volunteer service and partner with others.

Chapters facilitate the lines of communication between the national office and members throughout the country and help keep members informed and involved in the policies and priorities of the organization. CARP’s Chapters provide a means for members to get involved in CARP’s mission at the local level, providing a relationship between members, communities and the National programs and services.

Chapters provide a means for members to put their talent, creativity, energy, knowledge and sense of community-spirit to work in the service of their community and on behalf of Zoomers throughout the country.

All of which make communities with Chapters better places to live.
Chapters advance CARP’s mission, programs and activities in a range of ways including:

• Community Service
• Leadership
• Advocacy
• Communication
• Recruitment
• Fellowship
• Education

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