Board of Directors
The Board of Directors for YWCA Carlisle serves as a volunteer governance and fundraising arm of the organization. Board members reflect a variety of women leaders in the Greater Carlisle Community and share their time and talent at monthly meetings, serving on committees, attending agency programs and fundraisers and being Goodwill Ambassadors in the community to promote the mission work of YWCA. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Director’s please complete an application and forward to firstname.lastname@example.org. Considering becoming a board member? Here are some things to consider…
Is this the right cause and organization for me? Before applying to join a Board, first ask yourself whether you are truly passionate about the type of work that the organization does and the people it serves. Approach this decision as if you were planning to make a major donation. As a Board member, you’ll be investing not only month but time and energy as well.
Is this the right time in my life to join a Board? In all of our lives there are time when things are going smoothly and we have the emotional and physical energy to invest in new activities. At other times, we may be overwhelmed with responsibilities. Consider your current circumstances, and ask yourself if this is a good time in your life to become involved with a Board. If not, would participating on a committee or volunteering better fit with your current goals and schedule?
What can, and will I, contribute to this Board? What skills, contacts, and perspectives do I have that will be useful to this organization? How, specifically, will the Board use what I can bring? Consider first what you bring to the table and then whether you are willing to give that to the organization. If you can’t find specific opportunities, your desire to contribute may well go unfulfilled.
What do I want to get out of being on this Board? Board members who plan for and ask for that they want in a Board experience will contribute more as well as gain more. If there are certain Board members you would like to connect with, take the time to get to know them and build relationships. If your goal is to meet new people, volunteer in any way that makes sense.
Last but not least, ask yourself: Do I believe in this organization enough to introduce my friends to it? Can I make a commitment to attending at least 75% of the meetings? Am I willing to give up two or more evenings a month? Am I willing to make a donation? Can I volunteer with Board members at other times than meeting dates? Would I feel comfortable having my name on their letterhead or in their brochure? The right time to ask these questions is before, not after, joining a Board.
Not ready to commit to joining a Board? Considering serving on one of the organization’s committees or volunteering at an event. The volunteer form can be found at the bottom of this page.