Board of Directors Application

Thank you for your interest in serving on Community Fruit Rescue’s Board of Directors. We are currently accepting new applicants. If you would like to apply, please review the information that follows and then send an email to blair@fruitrescue.org with your responses to the questions at bottom of this page.


Board of Directors Description

Mission

Community Fruit Rescue is dedicated to harvesting and distributing the surplus urban fruit growing throughout Boulder, Colorado. In so doing, we aim to reduce food waste and greenhouse gas emissions, better coexist with neighboring wildlife, strengthen our community, and increase equitable access to healthy, local food.

Vision

We envision a strong, collaborative, healthy, resilient, and just community in which everyone has access to healthy, local food, humans and wildlife coexist and waste is minimized.

Harvests & Donations

Since our inception in 2014 we have accomplished the following:

  • Harvested over 65,000 pounds of fruit
  • Organized over 350 harvests
  • Engaged over 400 volunteers who have contributed thousands of hours of work

Where does the fruit go? As per our model, a third is offered to the volunteer harvesters and a third is offered to the tree owners (although they often donate most of their share) and at least a third comes to us at CFR and is donated to places like Fresh Food Connect, Growing Gardens kid’s nutrition classes, Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) walk and bike to school days, homeless shelters, and food pantries. Damaged fruit goes to feed pigs, goats, horses and bears at local farms and wildlife centers. We also partner with local businesses to process the leftover fruit into shelf-stable, value-added products like cider, sauces and jams, dried fruit snacks, and chutneys.

Responsibilities

The purpose of the Board of Directors is to support the mission and vision of Community Fruit Rescue (CFR), while also providing leadership, governance and direction to the organization. Board members also support the work of CFR by serving on Board Committees (ex. marketing, events, volunteer coordination) as needed and contributing to ongoing fundraising efforts. Specifically, board members are expected to:

  • Be familiar with CFR’s mission, vision, programs, and finances.
  • Support fundraising and outreach efforts both during and outside the harvest season.
  • Participate in committees as needed both during and outside the harvest season.
  • Participate in at least one harvest each year.
  • Attend meetings and actively support board and committee objectives. Board members are expected to virtually or physically attend 5 (out of 6) meetings per year, barring extreme circumstances, and are expected to inform other board members and staff in advance of any meeting that they will miss.
  • Review the meeting agenda and any supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.
  • (optional) Host meetings at their home to help foster community amongst members of the board.
  • Familiarize themselves with the organization's financial reports.
  • Ensure that the organization meets all of its legal and fiduciary responsibilities.

Term & Commitment

Board members serve a 3-year term and are eligible for reappointment for sequential terms. Board meetings are typically held 6 times per year and last approximately 1.5 hours. Board members should expect to serve at least 5 hours per month during the harvest season, and 2 hours per month outside the harvest season. Board members must make an annual financial donation of an amount that is significant to them. Serving on the Community Fruit Rescue (CFR) Board of Directors is a volunteer position: No financial compensation is provided.

Qualifications

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Relevant experience.
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to Community Fruit Rescue’s mission: A collaborative and just community where everyone has access to healthy and local food, humans and wildlife coexist, and waste is minimized.
  • Personal integrity and a respect for diversity.

Application Questions

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Mailing address
  • About your interest. Board directors can expect to spend 2-5 hours per month working on behalf of the organization, a bit more during our harvest season. In addition to monthly board meetings, each director will have a role on a committee including, fundraising, marketing and volunteer outreach. Directors may be asked to lead a committee, lead on a specific project, and/or lead as an officer of the board (president, vice president, clerk, treasurer) during some part of their three year term. This is a hands-on board and you will be asked to pitch in at harvest season and throughout the year to help us grow and thrive! Why are you interested in committing your time and energy to Community Fruit Rescue?
  • Board members bring experience from a variety of aspects of their work, volunteer and community lives. Please describe two areas of experience you bring to Community Fruit Rescue.
  • Have you been on a board or steering committee previously? If yes, please describe your experience.
  • What do you hope to get out of the experience of serving on the Community Fruit Rescue board?
  • Do you have any additional information you'd like to share with us? This would be a great place to share a link to any online resources about you, such as a LinkedIn profile, a resume, or something you've worked on, written or produced.