Nonprofit Boards
Seeking New Members

Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley

Mission: Our mission is to ensure that all children start school healthy and prepared to succeed.
Category: Children (Preschool), Education/Training
Board Position Description: Smart Beginnings seeks a diverse industry/sector cross-section of community leaders to serve on our advisory board. Board members should be passionate about quality early childhood experiences
Skills Sought: resource development, networking - able to be an "early childhood champion"
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours/month
Term Length: 2 years with a maximum of 3 terms
Meeting Schedule: quarterly (January, April, July, October), plus subcommittee meetings that are typically done via conference call
Additional Information: We currently have a real need for additional business leaders to join our Board
Contact: Alysia Davis, Coordinator - 540-568-8968,

Center for Marriage and Family Counseling

Mission: To provide affordable professional mental health services to the under/noninsured in Harrisonburg/R'ham Cty.
Category: Family Counseling, Mental Health
Board Position Description: To bring professional skills and leadership to our existing Board in order to expand our donor base.
Skills Sought: Leadership in acquistion of appropriate donors and grants.
Time Commitment: 4 hours/month average
Term Length: 3 years
Meeting Schedule: bi-monthly
Additional Information:
Contact: Luanne Bender Long,  540-433-1546

The Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham

Mission: The Arc is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
Category: Disabilities
Board Position Description: officers and directors
Skills Sought: leadership ability, willingness to take an office or chairmanship, interest in devoting time outside board meetings
Time Commitment: 1 1/2 hour board meetings, periodic help with fundraisers and events
Term Length: Officers serve 1-yr terms and are limited to 3 consecutive years. Directors serve 2-yr terms and are limited to 3 consecutive years.
Meeting Schedule: 3rd Monday night of each month
Additional Information:
Contact: Mary Ellen Chewning, Executive Director    540 437-9214

RMH Family Connection

Mission: To improve health and well being through education and support for families and child care providers
Category: Education/Training
Board Position Description: This is an advisory board position. 
Skills Sought: early childhood background, business, adult education
Time Commitment: 1 meeting per quarter
Term Length: 2 years
Meeting Schedule: lunch once a quarter
Additional Information:
Contact: Reagan Eshleman 540-564-5661

Autumn Valley Guardianship

Category: Aging/Older Adults
Board Position Description: We need a "community member", someone working with nursing homes, and someone from Valley Program for the Aging or similiar organization. If one of our current Board members does not agree to take on the Vice President role, we will need a new Board member to take on this responsibility. 
Skills Sought: Someone interested in promoting services for the aging and disabled populations.
Time Commitment: We meet every other month for up to two hours.
Term Length: Minimum of two years and up to ten years allowed.
Meeting Schedule: The third Wednesday morning beginning at 8:30, every other month.
Additional Information:
Contact: Autumn Valley, JoAnne Lind 540-298-1964

Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center

Mission: To provide a safe, nurturing and educational environment while parents work or attend school.
Category: Children (Preschool)
Board Position Description: Responsible for the business affairs and property of the organization
Skills Sought: community members with various job skills
Time Commitment: one meeting every other month
Term Length: three year term
Meeting Schedule: third Monday of every other month
Additional Information:
Contact: Delores Jameson 434-5268

Roberta Webb Child Care Center & Preschool

Mission: RWCCC promotes a family atmosphere along with coherent, skill-based instruction and nutrition in the years before kindergarten for low-income, high-risk children. 
Category: Children (Preschool)
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Additional Information: May be seeking 2 new board members within the next year

Skyline Literacy

Mission: Our MISSION is to provide needs-based instruction for adults in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County in literacy, English, and citizenship, using trained volunteers.
Category: Immigration Resources/Services, Education/Training
Board Position Description: Together with other members of the Board, a member is legally, morally, financially and ethically  responsible for all activities of Skyline Literacy.   Board members are solely responsible for determining policy in the following areas: Human Resources, Finance, Operations/Programs, and Public Relations.
Skills Sought: Fund Development, event planning, marketing, public relations
Time Commitment: 5 hours
Term Length: 3 years
Meeting Schedule: 1st Thursday evening, 6:30 - 8:00, monthly
Additional Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Girvan, 540-433-0505,

Collins Center

Mission: The Collins Center models and promotes the prevention of child sexual abuse, and provides excellence in sexual assault response and treatment in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
Category: Mental Health, Children (All ages)
Board Position Description: Responsibilities: • Knowledge of the agency and personal commitment to our mission and goals (new board orientation and board packet will be provided on an annual basis) • Annual financial contribution to agency  • Regularly attend board meetings and any emergency meetings • Participate in 2 committees  • Volunteer and willingly accept assignments and complete them in a timely manner • Maintain active communication with Executive Director • Review monthly financial reports prepared by Executive Director • Review monthly meeting minutes prepared by Board Secretary • Build a collegial working relationship with board and staff that contributes to the cohesiveness and consensus of the agency • Participate in fundraising activities including:  o Annual “Black Tie/Disco Gala” event held typically in October o Annual 5k race/walk held in the spring o Annual Chocolate Walk held in the spring o Annual Giving Campaign o Assisting the development committee and making contacts with potential new donors o Participate in thanking existing donors via phone/email/mail/in person contacts o Reaching out to business, social and professional networks, and local contacts for contributions, support and involvement  We want to be your charity of choice while you are on this board.  We need you to be stewards of our agency in promoting our mission and services within the community. 
Skills Sought: Participation on committees (legal/finance, board governance, community development/fundraising, personnel/programming/planning)
Time Commitment: monthly meetings and participation in annual events (See description)
Term Length: 2 year terms; up to (2) 1-year extensions; Runs Jan—Dec
Meeting Schedule: board currently meets 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5:15
Additional Information: currently establishing a resource development team to identify, define and develop long-term funding strategies
Contact: Gianna Gariglietti, Executive Director/Therapist, 540-432-6430, 

Generations Crossing

Mission: The Mission of Generations Crossing is to provide high quality, innovative adult and child day care for our ethnically and economically diverse community.
Category: Aging/Older Adults, Children (All ages)
Board Position Description: Officer
Skills Sought: Finance and Education
Time Commitment: 2 to 3 hours
Term Length: 3 years
Meeting Schedule: Full Board meets every other month, subcommitties meet in between
Additional Information:
Contact: Laurie Deavers (540) 434-4901,

Harrisonburg Rockingham Bridge of Hope

Mission: Ends and prevents homelessness for women and children with the help of trained mentoring groups within congregations. 
Category: Family Counseling, Faith-based Initiatives
Board Position Description: Serve on a fund-raising committee to strategize and execute fund raising activities raising up to $50K per year
Skills Sought: Computer applications, ability to plan and organize community-based fund raising by establishing goals, a fund-raising team,  and a network of supporters.
Time Commitment: Approximately 6 hours a month
Term Length: Two years, renewable twice
Meeting Schedule: Monthly, third Monday
Additional Information: Bridge of Hope is also seeking a CPA and a human resources professional.
Contact: Elizabeth Hall,, 540-908-7063

Mercy House, Inc

Mission: To feed, clothe and house homeless families with dependent children in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County in a safe environment  while the families overcome the the trauma of being homeless and overcome the barriers that have led to their situation.
Category: Basic Assistance, Housing
Board Position Description: Twelve member board meets monthly, board divided into committees that also meet monthly
Skills Sought: Legal, banking, investment, accounting, education, technical, buildings and grounds
Time Commitment: three to five hours
Term Length: Term of 3 years with the option to serve two terms (6 years)
Meeting Schedule: Schedule changes with the election of new board members.  Usually the 3rd Friday morning of each month at 7:00AM
Additional Information:
Contact: Susan Layman, Board Chair, 5404346812,