EVIMA Membership

What does it mean to be an EVIMA member?

Being an EVIMA member can mean as little or as much as you want it to! At the very least, you will be listed on our website as part of our member group and you will be expected to pay annual dues. At most, there are opportunities to become a committee chair, host an EVIMA meeting or event, and spearhead EVIMA initiatives on your own. You can even apply to be a member of our board!

What are my annual dues?

EVIMA Annual dues are $75 for those who sign up before July 31, 2016 and $150 thereafter. However, through our referral program, we waive membership fees if you meet the following criteria: Board Members: recruiting 5 or more new members within a calendar year. Regular Members: recruiting 3 or more new members within a calendar year.

What if I can't afford my membership dues?

EVIMA offers a number of reduced memberships annually under our Hardship clause. If you are seeking membership but do not believe you can afford our current due structure, please contact us.

How do I know if I qualify to be an EVIMA member?

EVIMA members must be within the boundaries of the East Village neighborhood as defined in our mission. We seek independently owned and operated daytime establishments the have a physical storefront location.

I want to help, but am not a local merchant. What can I do?

We welcome any and all advocacy on our behalf, as well as any social media support or publicity. We are also constantly seeking volunteers. If you would like to become an EVIMA volunteer please contact us. You can help out as little as once a year or as much as an hour a week (or more)! Alternatively, we encourage you to visit our donations page, where we accept support from qualifying neighborhood organizations and individuals. 

Friends Of EVIMA

What is a friend of EVIMA?

A Friend Of EVIMA is an individual or organization that is supportive of our mission, but is not an independent business owner/merchant within the defined boundaries of the East Village.

How does EVIMA sponsorship work?

Anyone who donates even the smallest amount to our cause becomes a friend of EVIMA. Sponsorship tiers start with donations of $100 or more, and benefits of each donation span the calendar year. For a complete list of sponsorship benefits, please see below.

Who can become a friend of EVIMA?

Any resident of the East Village or beyond are welcome to become friends of EVIMA. We also welcome like-minded neighborhood organizations and arts groups to join our cause. 

Who should NOT be a friend of EVIMA?

Organizations that are generally viewed as negative influencers of our cause should not apply. Big box chains or those that advocate on their behalf are generally viewed as having a negative impact on small business survival in the East Village.

I want to help, but can't afford to donate. What can I do?

We welcome any and all advocacy on our behalf, as well as any social media support or publicity. We are also constantly seeking volunteers. If you would like to become an EVIMA volunteer please contact us. You can help out as little as once a year or as much as an hour a week (or more)! We can't wait to meet you!