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04-28-2022 Questions and Answers

04-28-2022 Questions and Answers

04-28-2022 Questions and Answers 1200 628 Jill Pioter

Q: Do we need to put the non-discrimination policy in the Bylaws or keep it with other policies such as the Conflict-of-Interest policy? 

A: Conferences must define the non-discrimination policy and include it in the bylaws. The Non-Discrimination Policy is found on the national website. Click here: https://members.ssvpusa.org/information-for-members/policies-procedures/. Also check with local legal counsel to be sure it is valid for your state and local government requirements.

Q: Our Conference (Conference A) has been requested by a friend in need to provide payment for their motel stay. They are located in Conference B’s area. We contacted Conference B and were told by the President that they helped this family with one week’s stay at the motel.  No red flags were indicated. Conference A told Conference B that they told the family one week was all they were getting, and they would not receive assistance from our Conference (Conference A). Is this proper? 

A: When encountering someone requesting help who lives in another Conference’s (Conference B) boundaries, it is appropriate and common courtesy to contact the other Conference to seek advice and any cautions they may want to share. It is then up to your Conference (Conference A) to decide what you will or will not do in the way of assistance. Conference B cannot speak for you or direct you about what kind of help to give or not give. It is your Conference’s decisions on if, when and how much to help those who come to you.

Spanish Translation

P: ¿Necesitamos poner la Política de no discriminación en los estatutos o mantenerla con otras políticas, como la Política de conflicto de intereses? 

R: Las conferencias deben definir la política de no discriminación e incluirla en los estatutos. La Política de No Discriminación se encuentra en el sitio web nacional. Haga clic aquí: https://members.ssvpusa.org/information-for-members/policies-procedures/ . Consulte también con un abogado local para asegurarse de que sea válido para los requisitos de su gobierno estatal y local.

P: Un amigo con necesidades solicitó a nuestra Conferencia (Conferencia A) que pague su estadía en un motel. Están ubicados en el área de la Conferencia B. Nos pusimos en contacto con la Conferencia B y el presidente nos dijo que ayudaron a esta familia con la estadía de una semana en el motel, sin problemas. La Conferencia A le dijo a la Conferencia B que le dijeron a la familia que una semana era todo y que no recibirán asistencia de nuestra Conferencia (Conferencia A). ¿Es esto correcto?

R: Cuando se encuentra con alguien que solicita ayuda y que vive en los límites de otra Conferencia (Conferencia B), es apropiado y de cortesía común comunicarse con la otra Conferencia para buscar asesoramiento y cualquier advertencia que deseen compartir. Después, es para su Conferencia (Conferencia A) decidir qué hará o no en cuanto a la asistencia. La Conferencia B no puede hablar por usted ni indicarle qué tipo de ayuda debe brindar o no. Son las decisiones de su Conferencia sobre cuándo y cuánto ayudar a aquellos que acuden a usted.

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