Several excellent opportunities for San Ramon residents to learn about local governance while also engaging in shaping their City Council’s policies have opened in city hall, with the announcement that San Ramon is in need of volunteers to serve on various advisory committees and city commissions.
Currently the City Council is seeking volunteers to serve on its Arts Advisory Committee, Library Advisory Committee, Senior Citizens Advisory Committee and Teen Council.
Residents who wish to volunteer on a committee should know that serving is an act of community service and members do not receive payment from the city. Interested residents have until Feb. 17 to apply for each committee, with the exception of the Teen Council which will be accepting applications until Feb. 20.
Committee members will serve two year terms with the exception of the Teen Council which has members serve for one year.
Residents can learn more about responsibilities and criteria for applying to a San Ramon advisory committee online at www.sanramon.ca.gov.
The Arts Advisory Committee is in need of three regular members as well as one alternate to serve in the event of a regular member's absence, to fully staff its ranks.
A perfect fit for experienced and aspiring artists alike, Arts Committee members will primarily be responsible for reviewing and commenting on proposed art installations and galleries, evaluate community input on the arts, developing a five-year cultural plan including goals and objectives and generally advising the City Council on arts and culture related issues.
Arts Advisory Committee members typically meet the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.
The Library Advisory Committee needs two regular and one alternate members to help advocate for the needs of San Ramon’s libraries.
In addition to advising both the council and other city officials on issues that pertain to libraries, the Library Advisory Committee is responsible for delivering library programs, facilities, activities, services and policies that promote literacy and a love of library systems in San Ramon.
Library Committee members will be tasked with meeting quarterly.
The Senior Citizens Advisory Committee requires three regular members and one alternate to serve on its board and held advise the city on issues that relate to San Ramon’s elder population.
Potential volunteers must be 55 years old or older in order to apply and will serve as an advocate for senior issues, and a channel of communication between city staff, and the senior citizen community.
Volunteers typically meet 10 a.m. the first Monday of each month.
The Teen Council is in need of a full 17 regular and two alternate members to volunteer their time, offering San Ramon’s youth population the opportunity to gain valuable experience in leadership.
A good opportunity for teenagers to learn about the process of civic governance, Teen Council members are tasked with advising the city’s various government agencies on issues and policies that affect San Ramon’s youth.
Applicants will need to submit a one-page resume, a reference letter from a trusted person who is not a family member and provide a copy of their current student identification card. Teen Council members will also need to be available for a minimum of eight hours a month for council meetings and other volunteer work.
Council members must be in high school and usually meet at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Dougherty Station Community Center.