The Board now has nine members including its first case manager and would like to expand to 12. Compassion is also considering organizing a second affiliate in Southeast Alaska. CID-AK is developing collaborative relationships with Hospice and preparing for legal assisted dying if the Alaska Supreme Court rules in our favor later this year.
East Coast: The Connecticut affiliate is exploring the possibility of becoming a case management services satellite organization for the Federation. East Coast affiliate development coordinator Bill Olds is building a network of relationships in the Washington, D.C. area, which could ultimately lead to an affiliate there.
New York: With Federation assistance, the New York affiliate is well into projects to increase financial support. Several N.Y.-based foundations are considering funding requests, others are in conversation with the Federation about support for the N.Y. affiliate. Two direct mail campaigns have been launched as well, in an effort to match a $25,000 challenge grant.
Northern California: Compassion in Dying Federation teamed with Washington affiliate case managers to train new Northern California (NCA) case managers in a one-day session on April 1 in San Francisco. With this training, NCA has expanded its client services to include a 24-hour phone service. The NCA also sponsored a fundraiser on April 27th, with five Bay Area authors speaking briefly about the motivation for their books, followed by a one-hour question and answer session. The group has been asked to repeat the event next fall.
Several NCA board members are participating in advance planning for next fall's PBS series with Bill Moyers, On Our Own Terms. The San Francisco station that will broadcast the series is scheduling community meetings to plan local programming to follow each national segment. CID affiliate members will continue to be an active part of this effort.
Oregon: Compassion in Dying of Oregon continues to be the steward of the Oregon Death With Dignity Act. The effectiveness of all of CID-OR's good case management work was demonstrated in the Oregon Health Division's second year report on Oregon's Death With Dignity Act. These wonderful volunteers ensured that all Oregonians had access to the Act after every medical need was met and every option explored. Thanks to their efforts, the Death With Dignity Act continues to be responsibly implemented without complications. Additionally, the CID-OR board has been developing several new sources of financial support. These approaches may serve as a template for other affiliates.
Southern California: The case management team has matured into a support system of dedicated people who meet monthly. Several new case managers also attended the San Francisco case management training in April. Board development and establishing organizational infrastructure continue to be high priorities.
Washington: Newly hired Executive Director Robb Miller assumed his position April 3rd. His immediate priorities include increasing CID-WA's visibility in the community, board recruitment and long-range planning. Robb's nonprofit background is as a foundation executive. The case management team continues to partner with the Federation in providing quality training for case managers from the other affiliates, including Alaska and San Francisco.
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