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.


City of Abilene Boards


Apply: Fill out this form and return it to Shawna Atkinson here

Programs: Abilene-Taylor County Child Advocacy Center Board; Abilene-Taylor County Public Health Advisory Board; Airport Development Board; Board of Adjustment; Citizens Advisory Board for People with Disabilities; Civil Service Commission

Abilene Sports Alliance


Apply: Contact Tiffany Nichols

About: Six meetings a year at noon with lunch provided. Love for sports and growing Abilene as a sports destination. Volunteer requirements for some sporting events and annual fundraiser. Assist with fundraising for annual fundraiser.

The mission of the Sports Alliance is to focus on activities that promote sporting tourism which generate overnight stays, through all avenues available, enhance the quality of life, the economic growth and the development of Abilene, and to advise the Convention and Visitors Bureau of issues concerning sports event promotion. This board is composed of three sub-committees (Grants, Scholarships and Fundraising).

Adult Literacy Council

POSITION AVAILABLE: 5 Council members 

Apply: Contact Kathy Strong or Marilyn Flournoy

About: A desire to help adults, ages 18- 80, with improving their literacy in English as Second Language (ESL) and/or acquiring their High School Equivalency Diploma is all that is required to join our council! We support the teachers and students by assisting them with scholarships for the HS Equivalency tests and transportation costs. We also sponsor the yearly graduation ceremony for students who complete their HS equivalency diploma as well as other student activities and incentives. We also hold an annual Adult-only Spelling bee!

Noah Project

Apply: Click here

About: Empowering victims to become survivors, and working to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Noah Project is a center of care for victims of family violence, and sexual assault, serving ten counties in West Central Texas. We offer shelter and outreach support services to women, children, men, and unaccompanied youth who are victims of family violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and both stranger and non-stranger sexual assault.


  • We meet 10 times per year

  • Each board member is expected to serve on at least one special committee

  • Each board member is expected to contribute to Noah Project’s fundraising efforts


Big Brothers Big Sisters

Apply: Click here


You could become our next great BIG!


- matched with a Little age 7-14

- commit to a year of seeing Little for a few hours 2-4 times a month

- matches spend time together in the community and plan their own outings like going to the park, a movie, or doing a project

Abilene Preservation League

POSITION AVAILABLE: 3 Board members 

Apply: Email Morgan Paschal


Established in 1977, the Abilene Preservation League is celebrating 44 years of leading historic preservation in our beloved city. Our mission is to preserve historic properties and promote preservation. The members and Board are actively involved in the planning, development and implementation of preservation projects and special events throughout the year, which enables the League to ensure the retention of Abilene’s historic resources for future generations. Past projects of the APL include the Paramount Theatre, Grace Museum, Elks Arts Center and more. Our current project is Abilene Courts. In addition to brick-and-mortar projects, the APL educates, advocates for and recognizes preservation efforts of community members. To learn more about the Abilene Preservation League, you can visit our website at


Consistent attendance at monthly board meetings (3rd Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm) -Serving on at least one committee (committees cover a variety of topics including community development/membership, finance, fundraising development, Preservation Awards, membership appreciation events, public relations, historic property development, grant proposal writing and more) -Supporting the organization financially: you must join the organization at the Sustainer ($100) level or above and participate in fundraisers as you are able to -Serving as advocates for historic preservation and the organization in the community -Soliciting others for membership We are particularly interested in individuals with backgrounds in law or real estate, but welcome any individuals with a heart for or interest in historic preservation. For more information or to apply, please contact Morgan Paschal at (325)676-3775 or

American Red Cross

POSITION AVAILABLE: 2 Board members 

Apply: Email Robyn Flores


Minimum time requirement. There is a financial requirement. Call Robyn at 325-725-9552.

All Kind | Animal Initiative

POSITION AVAILABLE: 3 board positions

Apply: Please email Andrea Robison


All Kind Animal Initiative is seeking highly motivated individuals to serve as founding board members as we work to redefine animal welfare in the Abilene community. The board of directors will meet once a month with opportunities to chair or serve on committees as well. Potential board members should be passionate individuals who care about raising the overall quality of life for both animals and for residents of the community. We are currently seeking individuals with backgrounds in marketing and accounting or finance, but would welcome any individuals with a heart for animals to apply.

Global Samaritan Resources

POSITION AVAILABLE: 6 board prospects 

Apply: Please email Casey Hatcher.


We are seeking a group of enthusiastic individuals to join our board who will help provide direction, financial support, and creative ideas to the mission of Global Samaritan. We meet every two months during lunch, and there are opportunities to be on sub-committees for further involvement. You would be helping to support an organization that provides goods and services, as well as logistical support to partners all over the world, but especially to our neighbors in the Big Country.

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


Abilene Hope Haven is currently seeking Board members!  Board members are asked to attend a majority of the meetings with meetings typically being held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. We are currently seeking backgrounds in Marketing, Donor Relations and Real Estate, but are open to anyone with a passion to serve our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Abilene Hope Haven exists to inspire hope in our neighbors experiencing homelessness and takes a housing-first approach to solving homelessness. To learn more about the Hope Haven mission please visit

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 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.

Submit an opportunity for a young professional!

*By submitting this opportunity, you agree to track how many young professionals placed on your board or volunteer through Get on Board. If a date range is not submitted, your posting will run for six months before being removed.

For questions, please contact AYP staff liaison Laurin Kocurek at