New Member Resources

New Member Resources: Getting Up To Speed

Maine SILC logoCongratulations on your appointment! You will now be joining a coalition of energetic and creative people engaged in important, exciting work. As with any new position there can be much to learn at first. To help facilitate the climb up and over this new learning curve.

You will be teamed with a mentor who will keep in contact with you to help guide you through the transition as a new member as comfortably and quickly as possible. Don’t hesitate to call on your mentor, or any SILC member, with questions – discussion is one of the best ways to learn. SILC members are passionate about the work and will be eager to talk with you.

Steps for new members

Here are several things to do first:

  • Connect with your mentor
  • Study SILC basic tasks and duties. You can find many of them here (Job description, Title 7, expectations, etc.). Discuss your questions and thoughts with your mentor and other SILC members.
  • Take online SILC introductory courses.
  • Choose at least one work group or committee. Connect with your new member mentor or the chair person to discuss which groups and projects might be a good fit for your interests and experience.
  • Familiarize yourself with current SILC projects, concerns, issues. Talk with your mentor to learn details about these things.

Here are some things SILC members should be vigilant about in their regular interactions with others during their tenure:

  • Informing and educating others about the SILC, the CIL, and the perspectives of independent living.
  • Encouraging others to become involved – as SILC members, work group members, as citizen advocates, and especially as someone who may have a disability.
  • Encouraging people to attend public hearings and other IL related events.
  • Use your personal and professional resources to advertise and promote SILC forums and other events.
  • Encouraging individuals and organizations to contact public officials to express their concerns and desires regarding IL related issues
  • Encouraging people to contact the SILC with their IL related thoughts and concerns

Remember that SILC members are always available and eager to help and support one another, especially new members. Get involved right away – dig in, start pro-actively participating – it’s the best way to learn and there’s a lot to do!

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