Okay, you’ve found our site and it looks interesting. Now what?
Hopefully you’ll contact us and we can give you more information — by email or phone if you leave your number. But there’s a couple of other things that you probably want to know right now.
What’s it cost???
Every member pays an annual fee which goes to the National Organization. The largest expenditure is for comprehensive insurance coverage for all chapters, its members and their activities. We use the remainder of the funds that we receive to support the chapters and promote the growth of the organization. Annual dues are currently $50 per year — less than $5 per month.
The OPFA is a completely 100% volunteer organization — none of your money goes to pay anyone’s salary.
Chapters do their own fundraising to support their activities and members are expected to volunteer some time to support the chapter and the activities. The money raised is used to subsidize some of the Chapters activities.
What do you get for your $50? In a word, LOTS!!!
Chapters do regular activities for families and adults. Activities are structured, organized and well planned so that everyone has a part and can easily contribute.
We offer opportunities to play recreational sports — volleyball and softball — at a reasonable price — and we know that many haven’t played since high school — or in some cases, never. We have teams and practices for those that need extra time.
We know that you may have parental responsibilities that mean that you can’t make it every week which makes joining some leagues difficult. It’s tough to balance work/kids/family responsibilities and adult activities — we can help!!! We are all in the same place, so having kids attend activities and sports is just part of what we do.
Chapters reflect their members, so depending on your chapter and your needs you can help to guide the direction to fit your needs. As well when you join one Chapter, you join the whole organization, so it’s like joining a large extended family.
But really, there are a lot more benefits than just financial. Many of our members joined the organization when they had kids — but have stayed after their children grew up, moved out and had families of their own. We have a saying — Come for the kids, stay for the friendships — and that says a lot about the organization.
The OPFA gives you lots of opportunities to meet new people with whom you probably have a lot in common. You also get the chance to help make both the chapter and its activities better.