We are always looking for enthusiastic community leaders to offer expertise and experience from a wide variety of fields and be ambassadors for the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center and the work we do. Please read the information below to find out more about the responsibilities of Board members.
Board Member Responsibilities
- Members are required to attend a minimum of five (5) meetings per calendar year which will include the annual presentation of the yearly audit.
- A commitment to participate actively in committee work when necessary.
- Volunteer and willingly accept assignments and complete them thoroughly and on time.
- Prepare for meetings and review minutes and reports.
- Build collegial working relationships with members and contribute to consensus.
- Participate in the annual evaluation and planning efforts.
- Participate either monetarily or in kind to fundraising events for the organization.
Board of Directors Meeting Information
Our Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday every month at our administrative offices at 259 Central Street, Central Falls, RI. The meetings begin at 5:30 PM and traditionally last between 1 – 2 hours. Most business is conducted at Board meetings. Currently there are no committees that members are asked to participate.
A packet of information is sent to Board members prior to the meeting by the Executive Director. Included is the agenda for the meeting, minutes of the previous meeting, the Executive Director report, financial report and other pertinent information.
The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center was founded in 1987 and in January, 1992 became an independent agency attaining a 501(C)(3) tax exempt status through the Internal Revenue Service.
In 1987, our agency began providing shelter to victims of domestic violence. Since our inception, we have grown to become an agency that provides comprehensive programs to families. Our programs include: our Safe Home and Transitional Housing Program, 24 hour Helpline, Court Advocacy Program, Community Support Groups, Latina Advocacy Program, Community Awareness Programs, Safe Families Collaboration Project and the Law Enforcement Advocate Program. In 2017, 4,499 new agency clients (this is an unduplicated figure) were provided services. Additionally, 78 domestic violence presentations were provided with 1,824 participants.