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Join a Community Board

Interested in sharing your time, talents, and expertise?

Consider joining a community board! Many of our partner organizations are governed by a Board of Directors, and some have Advisory Boards that operate in a similar capacity.

Board membership is a significant commitment, but is also a deeper and more intensive way to support the community. Faculty and Staff at WVU can make a really great contribution to the community by serving on a board, either by providing leadership in your discipline, facilitating connections to the resources that WVU can offer, or by otherwise assisting the organization in building their capacity to best meet the goals set forth by their mission.

What does it mean to serve on a Board?

All board members should be willing to learn about the organization so that they can be an advocate for the programs and services provided.

How can I get involved?

Many of the CSL’s community partners have active boards that often have openings. We are currently updating these postings and will have them listed soon. In the meantime, if you want to serve on a board, think about the following things before inquiring:

1. What’s the amount of time that I’m able to commit? How often does the board meet?
2. What’s the level of involvement that I want to have with the organization? Do I want to be a “working” board member, or more of an “advisory” board member.
3. What am I passionate about or what problems do I most want to help solve in the community?
4. What expertise, skills, talents, or connections can I offer with my participation? What kind of organization could benefit the most from what I have to offer?

Consider checking out resources established by the National Council of NonProfits on their Board Roles and Responsibilities page.

For more information, visit our list of Community Partners. You may also contact Alexis McMillen, Assistant Director by email or by calling 304-293-8344 for guidance and help connecting with an organization in need.

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