October is the time for the POCA membership drive. What is POCA, you ask? POCA is the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture, a multi-stakeholder cooperative. POCA’s goal is to make acupuncture available to as many people as possible and to support those providing acupuncture to create stable and sustainable businesses and jobs. QiWorks is a proud member of POCA, and is one of over 200 affordable clinics across the United States and Canada. Last year, POCA clinics provided over one million affordable acupuncture treatments!
POCA’s mission is to help to start and support clinics like QiWorks. It offers clinic mentoring,micro-loans to start new clinics in under-served areas, business advice, a find-a-clinic locator on its website, and a whole network of really smart people who help each other’s clinics succeed. It has also started its own acupuncture school, called POCA Tech, to teach the next generation of community acupuncturists.
Why join POCA? Over half of POCA’s members are patients of community acupuncture clinics (the rest are acupuncturists and acupuncture clinics). Patients are even a part of POCA’s board of directors. These patients joined in order to support the community clinics in their areas and to help POCA’s efforts to further increase the number of community acupuncture clinics across the country.
Being a member of POCA has other perks besides knowing you are helping a great organization and your local clinic. POCA members never pay an intake fee when they go to a new POCA clinic. So if you are travelling and would like to get acupuncture during your trip, it makes sense to join POCA. Also, community clinics like QiWorks offer specials to POCA members. In fact, POCA members will get $10 treatments at QiWorks all through November!Another great reason to join! Finally, you will receivethree free treatments cards for friends or family!
To read more about POCA, and to join, please go to www.pocacoop.com. We’d love to have a great turnout during the membership drive. Thank you!