Hi Todd. We can help. There are several routes to get the Friends of CCMA. If there is an existing entity in the area already like a club, then you can form the "friends of" as a committee of the club. If there isn't a club or organization in the area then the "friends of" should chose a business organization entity that protects is officers from financial and tort liability.
But first things first. Think about the following.
Will the Friends have members?
Will the members pay any money, like dues?
What type of activities will the Friends be engaged in? Lobbying, meetings with agency personnel, clean-ups, etc.?
How will the Friends communicate - in person at meetings, via the internet or e-mail?
If you can start to picture the organization oin your mind it will help direct us to the proper process for creating the Friends organization.
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