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The Cambridge Women's Center is currently accepting applications to join its Board of Trustees.

Founded in 1971, the Cambridge Women's Center is the nation's oldest community-based center for women. For over 45 years, the Women's Center has been a leader in developing innovative solutions to critical problems facing women of all ages and backgrounds. Located in a charming Victorian house near Central Square, wheelchair-accessible and close to public transportation, the Center is open Mondays through Saturdays, 55 hours per week. All programs and services are confidential and free of charge.

The mission of the Women's Center is:

  • To provide women with the resources and support they need to deal with domestic violence, sexual abuse, racism, poverty, discrimination, social isolation, and degradation
  • To challenge and change attitudes, actions, and institutions that subjugate women
The Center is open to all who identify as women, with a strong focus on meeting the needs of marginalized women. We serve a population that is exceptionally diverse in terms of socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, age, and physical and mental well-being. The majority of women who participate in our programs are low-income, and many are homeless or formerly homeless. Most come with histories of domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, mental health issues, and/or physical disabilities.

The Women's Center Board of Trustees is responsible for the organization's vision, goals, policies, finances, and staffing. Trustees have the following responsibilities:
  • Management and oversight over all property, affairs and funds of the Center.
  • Planning of long-term goals and vision for the Center.
  • Creation and revision of policies, and hiring, oversight, evaluation and support of the staff.
  • Support for fundraising initiatives.
  • Facilitation of communication among the Board, staff, members, and community.
Board members attend monthly meetings and help with critical tasks, such as fundraising, financial management, event planning, hiring and staff development, and board health and recruitment. We are seeking candidates with the following characteristics:
  • Strong commitment to the mission of the Center.
  • Willing to make a commitment of at least 10 hours per month, including attending at least 80% of Board meetings.
  • We especially seek women with experience or education in non-profit governance. Other priority areas include: fundraising, human services, law, taxes, finance, and human resources.
  • Involvement in the Women's Center or the larger women's community, anti-racism, LGBTQ or disability rights, and/or other social justice movements.
The Women's Center is committed to maintaining a Board which reflects the diversity of the women we serve. Women of color, immigrants, low-income women, women from the LGBTQ community, and disabled women are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please download and fill out our application form, and send it to us along with your resume and a brief cover letter about why you would like to join, what skills or interests you would bring, and any other relevant information.

For more information, please email: board@cambridgewomenscenter.org, or call Judy at (617) 354-6394, ext. 12.

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