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June 26, 2012 > Volunteer, make a difference

Volunteer, make a difference

By Simon Wong

The City of Hayward will host a Volunteer Open House at the City Hall Rotunda on June 27, 2012 at 5 p.m. Representatives from the city's boards, commissions, committees and task force will be available to speak with and answer questions from residents and business people interested in learning more about serving as commissioners, committee and task force members.

"What makes the perfect volunteer?" has no definitive answer. Each body consists of people with different backgrounds, occupations, experiences and knowledge. This diverse range of perspectives and ideas, hopefully, represents the community and is essential for devising sensible and equitable solutions to complex problems that affect Hayward's citizens. Seriousness and the willingness to devote time are desirable.

Each board, commission, committee and task force has its own workloads and some meet more frequently than others but, ultimately, each exists for the good of the City of Hayward and its residents. Appointees serve in an advisory capacity to City Council and must reside within the city limits and be registered voters.

The City of Hayward invites applications from individuals for the following boards, commissions, committees and task force: Community Services Commission (no current vacancies); Council Economic Development Committee (no current vacancies); Downtown Business Improvement Area Advisory Board (2 vacancies, 1 potential vacancy); Keep Hayward Clean & Green Task Force (5 potential vacancies); Library Commission (1 potential vacancy); Personnel Commission (1 potential vacancy); Planning Commission (2 potential vacancies).

Applicants for the Downtown Business Improvement Area Advisory Board need not live in Hayward; however, they must own a business in the Downtown Business Improvement Area of Hayward and pay assessments.

Should vacancies arise on the Council Economic Development Committee, applicants must reside in Hayward, own/operate a business in Hayward, be senior management at a corporate business in Hayward or be formally affiliated with and represent another entity or agency concerned with economic development in the city.

Some of the commissions/committees/task force members may need to file a disclosure Statement of Economic Interests, Form 700.

Interested individuals may obtain applications from the Office of the City Clerk, 777 B Street, Hayward, CA 94541, by calling (510) 583-4400 or by visiting the City's website at The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

Interviews with the City Council are scheduled for Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Applicants will be notified when interview times are confirmed.

Volunteer Open House
Wednesday, June 27
5 p.m.
Hayward City Hall
777 B Street, Hayward
(510) 583-4400

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