Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly, or H.O.M.E. , is a Chicago nonprofit organization founded in 1982 to help seniors remain independent and part of their community by offering intergenerational housing and community-based housing support services (home repair, shopping bus, moving assistance).
- Social Justice
Board Member duties & responsibilities:
H.O.M.E. is inclusive and welcoming of Board members of all backgrounds and cultures, along with the various perspectives they bring to the table. H.O.M.E. invites and expects Board members to actively engage in Board discussions in a spirit of mutual respect. Other expectations include:
- Hire and set compensation for the Executive Director.
- Carry out the legal and fiduciary duties of the agency.
- Understand the dynamics of the organization and its services attend all board meetings and be punctual.
- Notify the Board President as soon as possible by phone or e-mail in the event of an unavoidable absence. If two consecutive meetings are missed in the fiscal year, the President and absent Board member shall consult to determine a course of action in the organization’s best interest.
- Donate a personally significant and meaningful monetary gift on an annual basis. Rather than specifying a dollar amount, Board members are asked to prioritize H.O.M.E. in their annual charitable giving. Board members are also expected to work in partnership with the Executive Director and development staff to raise funds from the community.
- Participate from beginning to end in the identification and solicitation of new board members. •Be a mentor to new board members.
- Serve on at least one board committee and attend meetings.
- Be a H.O.M.E. advocate. Board members are encouraged to talk about H.O.M.E. to colleagues as occasions to do so present themselves. As an advocate of the organization, members should be cognizant of all programs and staff, both current and proposed.
- Have some fun! As a volunteer non-profit board member, you are providing a valuable service to the community. •Be a table host for eight to ten guests at the Annual Celebration Dinner.
- Hold in confidence all proprietary information given to Directors.
- Prepare for each meeting by reading materials distributed by mail or e-mail.
Board term & limits:
Board member are elected for 3-year renewable terms.
Donate a personally significant and meaningful monetary gift on an annual basis. Rather than specifying a dollar amount, Board members are asked to prioritize H.O.M.E. in their annual charitable giving. Board members are also expected to work in partnership with the Executive Director and development staff to raise funds from the community.
- Advocacy / Public Policy
- Human Resources
- Marketing / Communications
- Real Estate