Newton’s Boards and Commissions, which range in topics from the city’s urban forest to human rights, are in need of more members. According to Newton’s “Boards and Commissions Openings” page, there are openings in all but two of the commissions (Council on Aging and Economic Development). With the range of responsibilities of the commissions, chances are you can find a commission that both interests you and that will be glad to have your help in carrying out their responsibilities.
After attending the Urban Tree Commission meetings for the past few months, I recently became an appointed member of the Commission. I have found that being a member of the Tree Commission is a great way to get involved in the decision making process, to learn more about how decisions are made, and to simply help out with an important process.
If you’re at all interested in becoming a commission member, I would suggest first identifying which commission you are interested in being a part of and then actually attending a meeting or two. Then, once you have decided that it is actually something that you want to be a part of, reaching out to the appropriate person in order to apply for a position. The entire application process, from start to finish may take a while, in my case it was from about November to March, so getting started soon could be a good idea.
If anyone has any experiences, positive or negative, with being on a board or commission, feel free to share your experiences below.