What are the needs and opportunities where you live? Is there a creek that needs to be cleaned? Vacant land that can be turned into a community garden? An entire watershed that can be adopted? As you work to restore people and places in your community, we are here to provide you with resources, support, and advice through our chapter program.
A Rocha can help you begin new or continue existing conservation efforts in your community and sustain your chapter over the long haul.
What’s the benefit to starting a chapter?
- Affiliate with A Rocha: A Rocha has a 30-year history of doing locally focused conservation in communities all over the world. We can help provide you with recognition for organizing as a chapter that is a part of a larger international effort.
- Network with other chapters and projects: By becoming a chapter, you’ll be able to connect and collaborate with our growing network of projects and people in the US. Our hope is to provide a home for your work and support from friends with similar values and goals.
- Access to resources: We’re building an online hub for educational resources, programs, and recommendations through the A Rocha Community website. This is a opportunity for asking questions and sharing creation care ideas about a wide range of topics. There are backyard how-to guides, weed and birding walk templates, and pollinator garden schemes, as well as theological content, songs, and worship aids.
As we continue building our chapter program, we’re interested in what would be most valuable to you. If you have ideas, comments, or recommendations, don’t hesitate to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there different types of chapters?
Yes. There are three ways to affiliate with A Rocha: as a Project, a Chapter, or a Group.
1) Projects are larger regional engagements that will require a detailed application process, evidence of funding, employee(s) to staff the project, and A Rocha board-level engagement. The Project application process typically take several months to complete. Here’s an example of an A Rocha Project: www.nashville-arocha.us
2) Chapters are local branches or affiliated groups that want to identify with A Rocha. We have two types of chapters: A) for churches, schools, or organizations with an existing 501c3 designation and B) for small, local community groups that don’t need a tax exemption* but simply want a light-weight way they can affiliate with A Rocha. Both types require a simple but formal agreement to be signed that will allow us to work in collaboration. As a chapter, you can use the A Rocha brand, gain access to our network, and publicly discuss the association.
*Community chapters will not have a tax exemption under this agreement. If you desire to incorporate and function as a non-profit, we will provide this option in the future under a group exemption. Please contact us at email@example.com for further details.
3) Groups are an informal way to you can organize inside the online A Rocha Community portal. They are very similar to a Facebook group. You can manage your group’s profile, collaborate with other subscribers, engage in discussion, and access our resources.
How do we get started?
We are very close to relaunching our chapter program. If you are an individual, church, school, or community group interested in starting a chapter or project in your area, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep you in the loop.
Once the application process is ready, we’ll provide you with a link to apply, a resource kit to get started, and access to the online A Rocha Community site.