Members and Volunteers

Mr. Stephen Garvey, FDA Executive Director talking to Michael Fabris, FDA volunteer, at the FDA Forum for Veterans on November 27, 2013

Mr. Stephen Garvey, FDA Executive Director talking to Michael Fabris, FDA volunteer, at the FDA Forum for Veterans on November 27, 2013

Members and volunteers contribute time and expertise to accomplishing the goals of the organization. For examples, they conduct research, perform audits, write reports, maintain web pages, share ideas, and initiate projects. The FDA members and volunteers are the organization’s greatest asset. In addition, the FDA directorship encourages initiative from its members and volunteers, realizing that only through collective/individual efforts can the FDA mission be fulfilled. Frequently, the FDA directorship seeks and listens to the suggestions of its members and volunteers, and supports them in carrying out their activities. These activities allow the whole organization to advance democracy one step at a time.

The difference between members and volunteers is experience and declared commitment: individuals have been approved by the FDA executive for membership based on their overall contributions to the FDA, and members have committed themselves to the FDA mission and paid the annual membership fee. As a result of these steps, members are given priority over volunteers on paid and unpaid FDA project opportunities, and members are given input on the FDA’s strategic direction and day-to-day operations.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please see the membership requirements and application process.

If you are interested in volunteering for the FDA, please see the volunteer opportunities which are found on the FDA website.