Did you know that last year more than 70 percent of millennials volunteered their time for others? Abilenians are no exception. 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.

CURRENT OPENINGS

International Rescue Committee

POSITION AVAILABLE: Youth Mentors (ages 15-24)

Apply: Contact Paul Mathis

Requirements:

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)

The Salvation Army of Abilene

POSITION AVAILABLE: Red Kettle Volunteer

Apply: APPLY HERE

Requirements:

Volunteering at a kettle has never been easier. Any individual, family, group or business can sign up to be a volunteer bell-ringer at www.registertoring.com. 2 hours of your time can give an individual or family in need a warm place to stay and food for 2 days. All money raised will stay to benefit the less fortunate here in the Big Country.

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!

Abilene Hope Haven

POSITION AVAILABLE: Board Treasurer

Apply: Please email Katherine Bisson

Requirements:

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 abilenehopehaven.org.

Day Nursery of Abilene

POSITION AVAILABLE: Board members/volunteers for 3-year terms starting Jan 2020

Apply: Please email Cynthia Pearson your application

Requirements:

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.

Abilene Zoological Society

POSITION AVAILABLE: Board Member

Apply: Please email Claudia Diltz

Requirements:

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

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.

Junior Achievement of Abilene

POSITION AVAILABLE: Volunteers

Apply: Please email Jeannette Gist

Requirements:

We use caring, adult volunteers in the community to present interactive, engaging material to students in K-12. We are always looking to grow our team of volunteers and we hoped, that perhaps, you might be willing to share this invitation with the Chamber of Commerce employees. Additionally, we hoped that perhaps you might share this with the young professionals organization. Below are our next two events, in Abilene. I am delighted to come to you, to provide training and deliver supplies at your convenience.

School: Madison Middle School
Day of the Week: Wednesdays
Class time: Varies based on volunteer’s availability
Starting Date: February 20th
(No classes during spring break)
End Date: April 3rd
Program: JA It’s My Future (6 week program)
Grade: 8

School: Lee Elementary School
Day of the Week: Thursday
Class Time Begins: 8:00 am
Class Time Ends: 3:15 pm
Date: March 21st
Program: JA In a Day (1 day program)
Grade: K-5
*This is a one day program. JA will provide lunch and a break room equipped with snacks and beverages for volunteers.

Taylor County Historical Commission

POSITION AVAILABLE: 15 new members

Apply: Please email  Larry Sanders

Requirements:

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 Lori Grumet

Requirements: 

  • 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

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.

Center for Contemporary Arts

POSITION AVAILABLE: Five Board Vacancies

Apply: Jonathan Carroll - 325-677-8389

Duties: 

  • Commitment to the mission of the organization.

  • Has vision but is flexible to the possibilities of change.

  • Has an interest in and a willingness to support local art and artists.

  • Highly regarded and respected by others. Influential member of the organization and/or community.

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

  • Adds diversity to the mix of individuals comprising the Board, including age, gender, race, background, expertise, etc.

  • Informed, available, and engaged; willing to attend meetings and represent the Center or its interests at community events and donor circles; willing to help bring in necessary resources.

  • Is a conscientious steward who is as interested in the business of developing the Center and monitoring its health as they are in promoting its Programs.

If you're looking for volunteers or would like for an AYP member to sit on your organization's board, please email your organizations name and a brief description of the position to Laurin Kocurek at laurin@abilenechamber.com.