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Counseling Service needs new board members

MIDDLEBURY — The Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC), Addison County’s designated mental health and developmental services agency, seeks four community members to join its volunteer board.

The organization is recruiting individuals who are passionate about CSAC’s mission to help people live emotionally healthy and satisfying lives, and share in its values of empathy, dignity, and collaboration. Because CSAC is committed to dismantling institutionalized racism and seeking justice for historically disadvantaged groups, board members are also asked to be willing to deepen their understanding of these issues and assist with re-evaluating the organization’s practices accordingly.

“Our board members bring their knowledge, lived experiences, and skills to bear on the work of the organization,” said Board President Sarah McGowen Audet of Bridport. “They also publicly support CSAC and cultivate relationships in the community to ensure the organization has what it needs to pursue and achieve its goals.”

CSAC welcomes applications from any community member whose experience complements its mission. In particular, they are seeking community members who have personal, professional, and/or volunteer experience in these areas: human services; education/counseling; finance; fundraising/communications/outreach.

CSAC has a fund to support board members whose personal finances might otherwise present a barrier to their participation. Lost wages and expenses incurred during board service, such as childcare and transportation, may be reimbursed. 

Applications are being accepted through April 29, 2023. Residents of Vergennes, Bristol, and their surrounding towns are highly encouraged to apply. 

To learn more about CSAC, the board’s role, and how to apply, visit bit.ly/32jzb0s.

To apply, please send a letter of interest to CSAC, attn. Jenn Staats, 89 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753, or email [email protected]. In your letter, please tell us why you would like to serve on CSAC’s Board of Directors and how you would bring your knowledge, lived experiences, skills, and attributes to bear on the work of the organization. If you have a résumé, you are welcome to submit it as well, though a résumé is not required. If writing a letter of interest presents a barrier for your candidacy, we are happy to make alternative arrangements; call (802) 388-0302, extension 442.

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