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.

CURRENT OPENINGS

West Texas Fair & Rodeo

POSITION AVAILABLE: Volunteers

Sign-up: Click here

Programs: West Texas Fair & Rodeo is seeking volunteers! Sign-up for a shift and receive two free rodeo tickets for the night of your choice. First come, first served.

World of Work (WOW) Youth Expo

POSITION AVAILABLE: Volunteers

Sign-up: Click here

Programs: Thank you for supporting the World of Work (WOW) Youth Expo! This event will take place on Tuesday, September 13. We are looking for volunteers to help with booths, activities, logistics, mock interviews, and more during the event. 

Abilene Hope Haven

POSITION AVAILABLE: Three board members

Apply: Clay Thomas

Programs: Be willing to meet monthly and attend annual fundraisers.

Abilene Police Foundation

POSITION AVAILABLE: Board member

Apply: Joy Ellinger

Programs: As a board member, you must be supportive of the Abilene Police Department, officers and employees and their mission.

FaithWorks of Abilene

POSITION AVAILABLE: Two board members

Apply: Brittany Paxton

Programs: 

Our board meets 6 times yearly on the last Tuesday of the odd # months (2022 dates: 3/29 5/31 7/26 9/27 11/29). We meet at 5pm for about 1-1.5 hours. We also conduct business as needed via email. We encourage our board members to spend time with the students during lunch as they are able. Also encourage volunteering at FaithWorks as you are able and giving monetarily to the organization as you are able.

FaithWorks is different from most adult job-training programs. As a participant in the program our students receive: Career Guidance, Counseling, Internship, Job-Seeking Skills, Spiritual Development and so much more. Visit our website http://faithworksofabilene.org/ to learn more about our program. The board directors would love to meet you for lunch or a tour of the FaithWorks facility and provide more information or answer questions you may have about serving on the board.

Abilene A&M Club

POSITION AVAILABLE: 3-5 Board members

Apply: Contact Joe Mangrem, Club President; 432-940-6257

Programs: Must be Texas A&M University Former Student. Commitment to serve the Abilene community through various fundraising activities. Willing to attend monthly Club lunch meetings as well as monthly Club Board meetings.

Cancer Services Network, Inc.

POSITION AVAILABLE: Multiple 

Apply: Contact Nancy Tyler, Executive Director

Programs: Cancer Services Network (CSN) offers post-diagnosis financial assistance and emotional support to cancer patients while they undergo cancer treatment. They are here to attend to cancer patients’ needs, minister to them and their family members, provide resources, and help them navigate through the emotional, physical, and financial challenges that comes with a cancer diagnosis. The CSN board supports the work of Cancer Services Network with an overflowing passion for cancer patients and their family members, guiding Cancer Services Network to be the best resource for those diagnosed with cancer. REQUIREMENTS: Learn the workings of the organization, it’s staff, policies, history and needs, in order to make informed decisions about the agency and convey the story of the organization to others. Actively serve and make a contribution of your time to the organization for board meetings, committee meetings, fundraising projects and special events. All board members are expected to make personal and meaningful annual contributions to the organization. By supporting the agency financially at a leadership level with which you are comfortable, others can follow your example as a donor who believes in this work. Board terms are 3 years. The board meets 8 times a year, currently on the 3rd Thursday of the month, at noon. There are typically no board meetings in March, June, July, or October.

Mentors Care

POSITION AVAILABLE: Multiple 

Apply: Contact Mark Blakely here

Programs: Mentors Care's mission is to connect at-risk high school students with mentors, tools and resources in school districts throughout the State of Texas and beyond to help lead them toward graduation and purposeful, fulfilling lives. Mentors Care will work with school districts which are historically underserved to enlist, train and equip volunteer mentors who care about and believe in the kids they serve. Learn more.

City of Abilene Boards

POSITION AVAILABLE: Multiple 

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

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. 

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Apply: Click here

About:

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: 4 Board members 

Apply: Email Morgan Paschal

About:

Established in 1977, the Abilene Preservation League is celebrating 45 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. We are also repairing windows and light fixtures at the Elks. 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 www.abilenepreservation.org.

Requirements:

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 morgan@abilenepreservation.org.

American Red Cross

POSITION AVAILABLE: 2 Board members 

Apply: Email Robyn Flores

Requirements:

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

All Kind | Animal Initiative

POSITION AVAILABLE: 1 board position

Apply: Please email Andrea Robison

Requirements:

All Kind Animal Initiative is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as a board member as we work to redefine animal welfare in the Abilene community. The board of directors meets 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 experience in fundraising and event coordinating, but would welcome any individuals with a heart for animals to apply.

The Salvation Army

POSITION AVAILABLE: Board Member (4 available) 

Apply: Signup here 

Requirements:

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.

Keep Abilene Beautiful

POSITION AVAILABLE: Three Board Positions

Apply: APPLY HERE

Requirements:

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!

Alliance for Women & Children

POSITION AVAILABLE: Board Members

Apply: Please email Toni Brockway

Requirements:

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.

Abilene Philharmonic

POSITION AVAILABLE: Four Board Vacancies  

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

Requirements: 

  • 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 

Duties: 

  • 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 laurin@abilenechamber.com.