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Make Your Voice Heard

In Buzz, November 2020, Web Exclusive by Olivia GwynLeave a Comment

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WEB EXCLUSIVE In a year of turbulence, change, activism and the highest voter turnout in over a century, the city of Raleigh has been pretty busy. You may or may not be aware that Raleigh has 29 boards and commissions made up of volunteer citizens that weight in on important developments, arts projects, policies and other goings-ons in the city.

If you’re interested in anything from transit and bicycle and pedestrian safety to arts and the environment, joining a Raleigh board or commission is the perfect opportunity to take your involvement to the next level and affect real change in your community, while influencing important decisions that impact other residents.

The only qualification for volunteers is that they must be a citizen living in the City of Raleigh.

Do some research on some of Raleigh’s 29 boards and commissions to decide which one looks right for you. You could be responsible for promoting environmental protection standards by joining the Environmental Advisory Board, evaluating city planning agendas by joining the Planning Commission or making decisions affecting your local parks, recreation and greenways by joining the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board. If there’s something you’re interested in being a part of when it comes to city decision making, there’s most likely a board or commission that would appeal to you.

Once you’ve found a board that matches your interest, check here to see when members’ appointments expire. You can also view each group’s meeting schedules here to see what lines up with your day-to-day life. Most boards and commissions observe a two-year term; you may serve on up to two boards or commissions at once.

Volunteer members are nominated and appointed by City Council. In order to be considered, just fill out the form on the individual board or commission page.

At a time when it can be intimidating to engage in a messy political arena or take part in a controversial policy, individuals still need to have their voices heard. Raleigh’s boards and commissions is a great way to get involved with what’s going on in your community and make a difference within the city. Make your voice heard today. Apply for a city board or commission now!

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