PEERS is seeking new volunteers for our Board of Directors!
Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS) is a nonprofit organization that provides peer-based wellness programs and support services for people with mental health needs. We strive to eliminate stigma and discrimination in the communities in which we work and the greater community at large. We are proudly based in Oakland, California. We envision a world where people can freely choose among many recovery options that address the needs of the whole person. We provide programs that specifically support people of color, immigrant, LGBTQ, women, and transition age youth (TAY) communities. We are a unique and transformative organization that is led by staff and board members who are primarily either consumers of mental health services or family members of consumers.
COME AND VOLUNTEER FOR PEERS!
We are currently seeking people to join our Board of Directors, which provides oversight, governance, and strategic planning guidance for the organization, while day to day operations are led by the PEERS Executive Director.
WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN OUR BOARD?
You are looking to:
- Connect with people who are passionate about supporting mental health and wellness programs for the whole person and eliminating stigma
- Build and develop your leadership skills (e.g., fundraising, strategic thinking and planning, organizational development, working collaboratively with an executive director)
- Support a community-based organization by sharing your expertise and knowledge
- Learn about mental health issues that pertain to the diverse communities in which you participate and are engaged
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We are seeking people who:
- Have personal experience with the mental health system of care by being a recipient/consumer of services or having a family member as a recipient/consumer (strongly preferred)
- Can articulate and demonstrate passion and interest in PEERS’ mission
- Are open-minded, collaborative, and supportive
- Have strong communication skills
- Are demonstrably engaged in their communities
- Have the ability to maintain confidentiality and trust
- Possess strong relationship-building skills
- Have experience helping organizations develop, either as a volunteer, staff, board member, or funder
- Can commit to participation at monthly evening meetings (dinner is provided)
- Skills and expertise that are desired: human resources experience, strategic planning, finance, fundraising, event planning, legal, organizational development, public speaking, social media, community organizing and/or engagement, fluency in non-English languages, deep engagement in POC, LGBTQ, and other diverse communities.
If you are interested in providing other volunteer services for PEERS or are interested in volunteering in an advisory capacity, please let us know by sending an email to the above address. We are so grateful for your interest!