The Wood County Humane Society (WCHS) currently is seeking applications to its Board of Directors. The WCHS Board is a voluntary working Board of local leaders dedicated to providing direction and guidance to the non-profit organization.
The WCHS Board of Directors is comprised of between 11 and 15 members in good standing with the WCHS. Board members are elected annually for a term of two years. New Board members will be elected at the next annual meeting, to be held in January 2015. However, Board applications are welcomed year round and prospective Board members are encouraged to shadow current Board members prior to their election as a way to familiarize themselves with the kinds of work they would be expected to perform once elected.
Board responsibilities are four-fold. The unit sets overall policies and goals for the WCHS and ensures that established policies are followed by all volunteers and staff of the WCHS. The unit also secures and monitors financial resources and funding, establishes accountability for its volunteers and staff, and provides for the regular communication with the Shelter Manager and the community at large.
Current Board members say that they have become involved in the organization for a variety of reasons. Many of the current Board members attribute their initial interest in the Board to a desire to advocate for the homeless, abandoned, and abused animals of northwest Ohio. Lisa Kern, who currently serves as co-Treasurer of the organization, says that she became a Board member “to help protect animals that are defenseless against uncaring human beings.” Kern adds that she loves “being part of such a wonderful family of caring individuals who want nothing but the best for each and every animal that enters our shelter.”
Current Board members also cite personal incentives to being part of the Board. Co-Treasurer Lori Keller, for example, notes that she has “enjoyed meeting new staff members, new board members and new residents to the shelter,” and adds that she “would not change the last three years of volunteering for this organization for anything.”
The WCHS Board of Directors meets once monthly for two hours. Individual Board members also are expected to serve as Chair or Co-Chair one of the Board’s nine permanent committees. Permanent committees of the WCHS Board of Directors include: Budget and Finance; Building and Grounds; Education and Community Events; Fundraising; Membership and Contribution; Public Relations; Policy and Personnel; Spay/Neuter Initiative Program (or, SNIP); and Volunteer. Time commitments vary depending on the time of year, the specific committees in which a Board member is involved, and the make-up of the Board at any given time. However, volunteers typically devote between 8 and 16 hours per month to Board-related activities.
Individuals who are interested in applying to the WCHS Board of Directors should contact Kathy Dean, Vice President of Shelter Operations, at email@example.com for an application.
The WCHS, located in Bowling Green, Ohio, is a full-service, no-kill shelter providing care for homeless and abused pets and investigating cruelty complaints in Wood County. In addition, the organization assists Wood County residents with its Safe Haven and food assistance programs, spay/neuter transport, and educational presentations. The WCHS provides care for hundreds of animals each year—from dogs and cats, to horses, goats, and pocket pets. The non-profit organization is funded predominantly through donations from local individuals and businesses, Community Shares of Northwest Ohio (a workplace giving campaign), and fundraisers. The Wood County Commissioners help fund a Humane Agent, but the organization receives no additional funding from national humane organizations or the government. For more information on adopting and/or volunteering, see: http://www.woodcountyhumanesociety.org.