Buffalo Grove residents interested in serving the greater community are invited to apply for a position on School District 214’s nonprofit Community Education board.
The board can include up to 25 members, said Community Education Director Mike Field. None of the 17 citizens currently serving on the board are from Buffalo Grove, he said.
Community Education programs are open to all Buffalo Grove residents, even if they live within the Stevenson High School district. Fees are the same for all participants. Prospective board members from Buffalo Grove can be residents of either Cook County or Lake County, Field said.
Community Education programs include GED classes, intergenerational opportunities, Read to Learn, English as a Second Language and continuing education classes, which range from dance lessons to financial planning seminars.
The programs are funded in part by the school district, but Community Education is largely self-funded, Field said. Board members are asked to spread organization’s annual fundraisers, which include a golf outing and an online auction. A Buffalo Grove representative on the volunteer board could help the organization reach this part of the community, said Field, who also lives in Buffalo Grove.
“While we serve a lot of people, there are a lot of people who aren’t aware of Community Education,” he said.
Board members are asked to commit to three years of service. They meet from 7:30-9 a.m. six times a year, on Wednesdays at Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights. Members are also asked to join at least one subcommittee.
Residents interested in joining the board will be invited to meet with Field and attend a Community Education meeting or event to learn more. To express interest or for more information, call Field at (847) 718-7706 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.