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. Please read the below description before applying.

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Board of Directors Description


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.


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 50,000 pounds of fruit
  • Organized over 230 harvests
  • Engaged over 350 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.


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.


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.