†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SERVICE PROJECTS GUIDELINES
1.† The purposes of contributions for service projects are:
††††††††††† a.† To encourage participation in MCB or to encourage membership in MCB;
††††††††††† b.† To enhance public awareness of MCB and its purposes and services; and
c.† To provide funds to an organization that offers direct services to persons who are blind††††† or visually impaired.
2.† Any organization applying for funds for a service project must provide, in writing, the following information:
a.† Name, address and phone numbers of the organization asking for service project funds and the name of a contact person within the organization receiving the funds;
††††††††††† b.† A narrative explanation of the event or for what purpose the funds will be utilized;
††††††††††† c.† The exact amount of funds requested, or the exact items to be purchased;
d.† If not apparent from the narrative, an explanation of how blind or visually impaired†††† individuals will benefit from this expenditure, and approximate number of individuals who will benefit; and
e.† An indication of whether or not other groups, agencies or organizations are being†††† requested to assist with this project.
3.† All service projects must be forwarded from MCB members, Board members, or Committee members to the Chairman of the Service Projects Committee who will contact all members of the committee for a vote on the project.† The Chairman of the Committee will then forward the documentation, along with a statement from the Committee of the amount approved for the project to the Treasurer.† The Treasurer will then prepare a check for the approved amount and forward it to the appropriate contact person for the organization receiving the funds.† The Service Projects Committee Chairman must notify the organization, in writing or electronically, concerning the approval or denial of requested funds.†
4.† The Service Projects Committee may approve an expenditure up to and including fifteen hundred dollars ($1500.00), and the Board may approve expenditures over Fifteen hundred dollars ($1500.00) at its next regular meeting, at any special meeting or by a telephone poll conducted by the President or the Presidentís designee.
5.† An organization or group can apply for no more than two (2) service projects in a fiscal year (June 1 through May 31).† Any exceptions to this guideline must be approved by a majority vote of the MCB Board.
6.† The Chairman of the Service Projects Committee must give a report of the projects funded at all meetings of the MCB Board and at the Annual Convention.† The report must include a brief description of the projects and cost of all projects since the previous meeting,, and a total spent by the Service Projects Committee, to date.