Opportunities for Alumni to Serve on Board of Directors

The following nonprofit organizations are currently seeking new members for their boards of directors. To obtain further information, make direct contact as indicated for each organization.

Arts Organizations: Arts Inc., an organization founded to advance the arts and culture of Greater Los Angeles, has a board matching program for arts organizations called Business Volunteer for the Arts. Please contact Jennifer Wong Vandis at 213-627-9276 or ArtsInc.2@earthlink.net for further information.

Debussy Trio Music Foundation: Since 1989 the DTMF has maintained a national program of musical & educational endeavors. It supports presentation of chamber music concerts to diverse audiences; has major commitment to performance & commissioning of American Music; presents programs that include music of & for the many and varied cultures in our country. Looking for young executive to get on board with passion for mission and desire to fundraise. Contact Diana Steiner 310-472-9740 or dviliolin2@aol.com

Grand Vision: Vision: to create a thriving artistic & educational destination serving as focal point in economic development of San Pedro. It’s mission: to revitalize Warner Grand Theatre & surrounding area by presenting & promoting arts & education events to inspire public to embrace cultural life in community. Benefits & responsibilities of board membership available by contacting Bruce D. Thibodeau, E.D. at 310- 833-4813 or bdthibodeau@earthlink.net

Girls Club of LA: Mission is to effectively develop and respond to the needs of youth by assisting with education and broadening their horizons to become self-sufficient, contributing members of community. “Teaching the youth of today to be the leaders of tomorrow.” Contact Karen Hamilton 323-418-1438 or 310- 284-8994.

Hostelling International American Youth Hostels Los Angeles Council: HI-AYH is a nonprofit organization promoting world understanding since 1934. Recent boards have had significant RVLDP presence. This fall there will be 5-positions available due to term limits and other factors. Ideal candidates should have financial, legal, resource development of other professional experience, and have prior experience on a nonprofit Board of Directors. Experience and interest in Strategic Planning or real eate acquisition would also be helpful. Contact Executive Director John Estrada at 310-393-6991.

International Child Abuse Network: ICAN will a premier provider of crisis intervention, information and referral services worldwide for those who have issues around child abuse. Services include 24-hour international hotline, Internet location, multi-lingual educational materials to help break cycle of child abuse. Contact Sue Meier, Founder and Executive Director at 1-888-224-ICAN or check out www.yesican.org

PLAY: Positive Learning Activities for Youth: This is a start-up organization, currently a project of the Community Partners, a nonprofit incubator. Initial board would be advisory and extremely important in the development of the organization. Hope is that these board members will be able to grow with the organization and become long-term supporters of the mission. Contact Ketrin Earwood, Executive Director at 323-227- 0004 or check out www.SmartPlay.org

The Healthy Babies Alliance, Inc. HABIBAH: has served the Pasadena/Altadena communities with the Birthing Project, a nationally recognized volunteer mentoring model that trains volunteer mentors to become health advocates and encourages, supports and sponsors programs and services that maximize the fathers involvement in their children’s lives. Board candidates must demonstrate vision, objectivity, creativity, and courage to act in the best interest of HABIBAH and the population it serves. Contact Executive Director Wenonah Valentine at 626-296-1000 or email her at Healthybaby@earthlink.net

The Wildwoods Foundation: “Helping kids find their way outdoors” This organization, currently a participant of the incubator program of Community Partners is transitioning from a founding board to a “working” board. They are in need of someone who can work closely with staff and other active board members to invigorate and help the board develop into a vital and driving force behind the program. A knowledge of developing relationships with government and corporate official and fund development are key among the desired attributes. Contact Dwain Wilson, Executive Director at 323-467-3211 or check out their website at www.WildwoodsFoundation.org

Venice Community Housing Project: VCHC is Venice based nonprofit community development organization created in 1988 to address homeless issues & loss of affordable housing in community. VCHC owns & operates 105 units of affordable housing including a 32 bed transitional housing facility for homeless women & their children. Also have construction job training & transitional employment program for at-risk Venice youth provides vocational training, educational assistance, life skills & leadership training. Also involved in economic development and job creation. Many projects and programs offered or in process of development. Areas of board need are housing and business expertise with strong commitment to mission, accounting and fund-raising. Contact Steve Clare, E.D. 310-399-4100 or VCHC@Venice.ca.com

Westside Center for Independent Living: WCIL is local center; served the Westside of L.A. for 24 years. Mission is to facilitate independent living for people living with disabilities through nonresidential programs & services. More than 70% of WCIL’s staff of 32 are people with disabilities. Half of board’s membership people with disabilities. WCIL wishes to build a culturally diverse board with member experience in: PR/marketing, program development, fundraising, advocacy, personnel, & legal issues. Contact Mary Ann Jones, E.D. or Audrey Parker, Board President: 310-390-3611 or WCIL@aol.com or visit www.wcil.org

Write Now: Write Now is nonprofit organization that offers high-risk youths an alternative to violence by teaching them creative tools for self-expression. Mentoring programs are provided to high-risk youth aged 5-18 who live in court-ordered residential-care facilities. Professional writers from film, television & publishing industries donate time to mentor. Actors, make-up artists, editors, camera crew & other industry experts also teach their crafts. Contact E.D. Jill Gurr 213-484-8500 or infor@writenow.org or http://writenow.org