The Providers’ Council and its members are creating a stronger human services sector for all who live in the state. But it was not until 2012 that we truly became a Force.
In its first full year of operation, The Caring Force met — and exceeded — our expectations. We knew creating a grassroots advocacy movement for the human services sector would be an incredible feat, but even we did not expect how fast the movement would grow into a real force. By the end of 2012, The Caring Force had grown to more than 10,000 members across the Commonwealth.
And in its first year, it enacted real change on Beacon Hill. Direct care workers received a modest salary adjustment after a Caring Force rally drew more than 1,000 supporters and shut down the State House. The Legislature heard the collective voice of our workers — not only did our Senators and Representatives affirmatively vote for the Salary Reserve, but they ensured its successful implementation despite a tightening economy.
Though The Caring Force was a massive undertaking, the Providers’ Council also had many other accomplishments in 2012. The Council supported efforts to create a retirement program for workers at nonprofit organizations. We helped members learn more about accountable and integrated care organizations through landmark reports, multiple forums and informative fact sheets. More than 30 Council trainings helped over 350 workers further their knowledge of human services.
The 37th Annual Council Convention & Expo, Caring It Forward, was another success, attracting more than 1,000 attendees and a record number of exhibitors.
While 2012 was a landmark year for the Council in many ways, we are already working to make 2013 even better. We thank you for your continued support and your membership; we are excited about continuing our work together this year.