Philanthropy and volunteerism are the lifeblood of countless businesses and organizations striving to create a positive impact in our beloved Big Country. 

The Abilene Young Professionals initiative “Get on Board” is a program that helps match highly motivated AYP members with open board positions throughout the Big Country. We have partnered with a variety of nonprofit organizations that have openings and are eager to engage AYP members to serve on their board.

Have an opportunity you'd like to share with AYP? Click here.


Day Nursery of Abilene

POSITION AVAILABLE: 3-5 prospects now for board service that would start in January 2021

Apply: Please email Cynthia Pearson your application


Willing to serve, roll up your sleeves and give of your time, talents and treasures to a non-profit organization dedicated to serving children, families and the community. Click here for additional information.

The Salvation Army

POSITION AVAILABLE: Board Member (4 available) 

Apply: Signup here 


Serving on The Salvation Army advisory board can be both rewarding and fulfilling as we work towards positive community impact serving our less fortunate neighbors in need. Take this opportunity to engage with one of the largest and oldest direct service non-profits in the Big Country. We ask for a commitment of 3 years with the opportunity to roll off or re-commit at the end of the term.

• Is fully committed to the Mission of The Salvation Army • Is knowledgeable about the community, the needs and assets of the community and is active in the community • Has significant life, career and/or educational assets to bring to support the mission and work of The Salvation Army • Is willing to use personal, professional and civic contacts to support the mission and work of The Salvation Army • Is willing to commit personal time and resources to The Salvation Army• Ensure and safeguard the fulfillment of the Mission of The Salvation Army • Ensure ethical and legal integrity • Ensure the stewardship of resources (people and monies), and that adequate resources are available • Ensure the Army’s visibility in the community • Ensure the board has appropriate, quality leadership and membership that represents the community served • Ensure that a strategic plan is developed and implemented • Develop and maintain an evaluation process of the board, its committees and members, and the board’s effectiveness • Partner with officers, staff, and volunteers to fulfill the Mission of The Salvation Army in the local community.

International Rescue Committee

POSITION AVAILABLE: Youth Mentors (ages 15-24)

Apply: Contact Paul Mathis


Looking for people to mentor young men and women, ages 15-24. There will be opportunities to work with high school students, GED students, those seeking employment, and single mothers.Be over 18 and willing to pay background check fee (more information will be given upon initiating application process)

Keep Abilene Beautiful

POSITION AVAILABLE: Three Board Positions



The KAB Board meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month. The KAB board has 3 standing committees and members are expected to serve on any one of their choice. These committees meet once a month and report at the monthly board meetings. Board members are highly encouraged to attend/volunteer at KAB events throughout the year.


The KAB board represents our community and we want the board membership to reflect the make-up of our community. We are seeking to increase diversity in all areas: age, gender, race, talents, expertise, contact in the community, etc.


Keep Abilene Beautiful is the local organization that focuses on the beautification of Abilene, cleanups of our parks, creeks, streets and the overall appearance of our city. First impressions are everything to first time visitors, potential businesses, associations and organizations looking to host events and conferences in Abilene.  We want to put on our best dress. We are looking for members who share this mission!

Abilene Hope Haven


Apply: Please email Katherine Bisson


Board members must attend the vast majority of board meetings. Meetings are once a month, typically on a Thursday at 5:30 PM. The board treasurer will assist the executive director in overseeing the organization’s budget and will offer other financial guidance as needed. This person must have a financial background with strong knowledge of budget oversight. Abilene Hope Haven exists to inspire hope in our neighbors experiencing homelessness. AHH takes a housing-first approach to solving homelessness. Learn more at

Abilene Zoological Society


Apply: Please email Claudia Diltz


Membership in the Abilene Zoo


The AZS Board meets at noon on the first Thursday of each month. The Zoo board has 4 standing committees and members are expected to serve on any one of their choice. These committees meet once a month and report at the monthly board meetings. Board members are encouraged to attend/volunteer at zoo events throughout the year.


The AZS board represents our community and we want the board membership to reflect the make-up of our community. We are seeking to increase diversity in all areas: age, gender, race, talents, expertise, contact in the community, etc.


The Abilene Zoo is the number one destination for fun and learning, and encourages guests in the appreciation and conservation of wildlife and wild places. We are looking for members who share this mission!

Alliance for Women & Children


Apply: Please email Toni Brockway


As one of the oldest women’s organizations in Abilene and the Big Country, the Alliance for Women & Children (formerly YWCA of Abilene) has supported women and their families since 1920. The Alliance for Women and Children provides quality programs to empower all women and children by educating and assisting women to be self-sufficient and providing a nurturing and safe environment for school-aged children. We believe no child should go home alone, and that our young leaders of tomorrow thrive in positive interactions on a daily basis. 


As Board President, the Alliance fulfills my desire to make a difference in lives of our children, and provide resources to women across the Big Country. Through an engaged Board of Directors and Trustees, and a team passionate about selflessness and compassionate care, we continue to watch our families thrive and meet with great success. You might say something here specifically about after school care and providing a safe place for children after school while their parents work to support their families.


As a Board member you would have the opportunity to get fully involved in our super fun events – the Inaugural Wine Women and Shoes fundraiser on 2 May 2019, our Fall Luncheon – this year featuring Jen Hatmaker, be strategic with us as we move towards an all-day women’s program and of course, support ASC through volunteerism.

Taylor County Historical Commission

POSITION AVAILABLE: 15 new members

Apply: Please email  Larry Sanders


We are seeking board positions to our roster of County-appointed members. Current areas that are available include: Historic Preservation, Taylor County Archive Management, Museum Relations, Military History, Oral History, Commission Administration, Membership Expansion, Historic Structures, Archaeology and University Relations.


Anyone can find something they're interested in and it is so important to understand, though our primary focus in on HISTORY in Taylor County, that all of our activities are predicated on the fact that such activities build our community and expand opportunities for ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. 

Abilene Public Library

POSITION AVAILABLE: Library Advisory Board Openings

Apply: Please fill out the form here. For questions, please contact Chris Gibson


  • Citizens with a sincere desire to become involved in the Abilene community have the opportunity to serve on this board, and help shape library services for our citizens. Board members receive training and orientation to better prepare for a role as a council advisor.

  • The Library Advisory board consists of 11 qualified voters of the city who are appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council.

  • Members serve a 2 year term, and are expected to attend quarterly meetings.

  • The Board advises the Library Director, assists in strategic planning, reviews and adopts library policies, and encourages the development, support and advancement of the Abilene Public Library at
    the local, regional, state and national levels.

Abilene Philharmonic

POSITION AVAILABLE: Four Board Vacancies  

Apply: Please contact Dr. Patricia Trifilo - 325-677-6710


  • Commitment to the mission of the Abilene Philharmonic.

  • Has an interest in and a willingness to support live symphonic music.

  • Able to strengthen the organization because of the expertise they bring from their business or professional background.

  • Informed, available, and engaged; willing to attend meetings and represent the Philharmonic.

  • Financial stability that allows for the participation in a mandatory Give or Get program of $1,250, requiring board members to either solicit contributions in the amount of $1,250 or else donate the same amount personally.

  • Are motivated by the prospect of helping to build the success of the organization.

  • Have excellent strategic planning and communications skills.

  • Helps to have an interest in and experience as Board members of other nonprofit organizations.

12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

POSITION AVAILABLE: Five Board Vacancies

Apply: Dale Cartee, 325-677-6515 


  • Commitment to the mission of the Museum

  • Have an interest in and be willing to support the teaching of the history of WWII to domestic and international students.

  • Add diversity to the Board, i.e., age gender, race, background, expertise, interests, and local influence/contacts.

  • Be willing to attend meetings, fund raising events and be a spokesperson for the Museum.

  • Be proactive in securing the financial resources needed to ensure the future of the Museum and its programs.

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For questions, please contact AYP staff liaison Laurin Kocurek at