POCA is currently undergoing a re-envisioning to create a more simple and sustainable co-op.
In 2009, POCA was conceived and organized as a reaction to a burgeoning movement of people dedicated to providing affordable individualized acupuncture within a community setting. The people who have made up POCA over the past decade have accomplished many feats in this shared mission. Over the last few years, the co-op has been seeing membership decline month after month and with the arrival of COVID, the co-op (and many POCA clinics and punks) are faced with new challenges. Meanwhile, the bills to run POCA keep coming.
In response to this reality the General Circle (GC), made up of volunteers who carry out POCA's projects and priorities, has been investigating the best way forward in both the short and long-term, with an eye specifically on sustainability and, one day, future growth. While a lot of things may be changing, POCA will continue to provide a reliable and vital gathering place for all supporters of affordable acupuncture.
As a POCA member you can read GC meeting minutes to get familiar with the discussions that have taken place over the past few months: https://www.pocacoop.com/forums/viewforum/129/
Here is a list of some of the big changes coming down the pipeline:
-Membership management software
-Governance and circle reconfiguration
-Membership categories & benefits
On Thursday, February 25th at 12pm EST, GC members who have been working on the nuts and bolts of this transition will be available to give an update and answer questions. Please submit your questions at the link below by Tuesday, February 23rd so panelists can prepare. We will also be saving time to have a Q&A at the end of the Zoom event.
Submit questions you'd like to hear answered here: https://forms.gle/wurQch1XSQXUjjQ76
Cait Cain from Lincoln Acupuncture Project
Cris Monteiro from Providence Community Acupuncture
Andy Wegman from Manchester Acupuncture Studio