Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development to host training for community volunteers


By Chris Bavender

Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development will host three training sessions for community volunteers. The goal is to help nonprofit boards operate more effectively, help neighborhood groups understand their roles and responsibilities so they can make a difference and help those with “strong beliefs” advocate their positions at the local level.


“HAND’s mission is to invest in neighborhoods, provide housing solutions and develop partnerships to improve lives and build community in Hamilton County,” said Andrea Muirragui Davis, outreach and fundraising Coordinator for HAND. “Giving volunteer leaders a clear idea of their roles and responsibilities will empower them to make more of an impact on their community.”

The first session, Board Basics, is set for 6:30 p.m April 25 at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 1605 E. 106th St. The other topics are Neighborhood Association and Homeowners Association Basics, set for July, and Local Advocacy Basics, set for October.

“Each session has its own lessons. Board Basics will cover the essential roles and responsibilities of members of a not-for-profit board. What are the legal requirements? What are the practical expectations? What different kinds of boards exist and how do they interact with staff?” Muirragui Davis said.

Cost is $20 per session or $50 for all three and is open to the public. The first session is limited to 30 participants because of space limits.

“Hamilton County is fortunate to have active, engaged citizens helping to lead hundreds of community organizations,” Muirragui Davis said. “The more these volunteer leaders know, the more effective the organizations will be. HAND wants to help equip them with the knowledge they need to make a difference.”


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