There are multiple opportunities for volunteering at Community Boards. As a grassroots leader in public conflict resolution, our volunteers are the heart of the organization.
Volunteer of the Quarter
Many remarkable people volunteer at Community Boards on different projects and programs. In appreciation of their great work, we created “Volunteer of the Quarter” to honor and acknowledge their civic engagement.
Winter 2015: Dylan Miles
Dylan is passionate about finding effective ways to help clients create solid beginnings and move through change fully informed and with heart. Before focusing his practice on family law and mediation, he worked as a civil rights advocate.
Dylan serves on the Board of Collaborative Practice San Francisco. He also provides mediation training and small group coaching for Community Boards. This coming September, he and his colleague, Philipe Harrington, are offering a 2-hour mediation clinic, Prenups with Heart.
Dylan mediates for the San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa Superior Courts. In addition to his legal work, Dylan teaches students at Stanford University how to communicate clearly and respectfully with clients. >>> Click to learn more about Miles Family Law.
Our Volunteers of the Quarter Hall of Fame
Fall 2014: Tori Freeman
Tori grew up in the Bayview and has lived in India Basin since she graduated from Mills College in 1998. She is a paralegal, mediator, and the community liaison for Pier 70 Partners. Tori volunteers for Community Boards, the Office of Citizen Complaints and the District Attorney’s Neighborhood Courts program in both the Bayview and Mission courts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the India Basin Neighborhood Association. Tori is a a former board member of Breast Cancer Action and Miraloma Cooperative Nursery School.
Summer 2014: Sing Chin
Sing was born in Malaysia and moved to the U.S. in 1974. He worked hard as an entrepreneur developing several successful businesses. He has served as a volunteer Community Mediator for over 20 years. He was a Board member from 2000 – 2002. More importantly, Sing sees volunteering as a great way to give back to his neighborhood and residence of 40 years. He proudly serves Community Boards, honoring the principles set by its visionary founder Raymond Shonholtz.
Spring 2014: Vicki Oppenheim
Vicki has been a volunteer mediator and a training coach with Community Boards for almost 14 years. One of the most valuable rewards, she feels, is that she learns something new with each mediation. Vicki works for UC Berkeley as an Employee Relations Consultant in Human Resources. A native San Franciscan, Vicki enjoys exploring the different neighborhoods in the City. She also enjoys reading, foreign films, gardening, riding a bicycle, and taking frequent “TTO’s” (Technology Time-Outs).
Winter 2014: Sonja Kos
Since 2011, Sonja has been one of our volunteer Community Mediators. In 2011-12 she co-chaired the Community Outreach and Education Working Group. Sonja works as a Community Advocate for TODCO Development Co., fighting for the needs of senior citizens in the Yerba Buena-area properties, with a particular focus on reducing conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles. She also sits on the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, which advises the SF Board of Supervisors.
Fall 2013: Scott Goering
He has lived in San Francisco for over 20 years. After a decade in non-profit organizations, Scott went to law school and began practicing juvenile dependency and family law. More recently, he received a California real estate broker’s license to help people resolve their real estate problems. He earned his mediation certificate in 2011, followed by his facilitation certificate. Scott has been employing his skills ever since.
Spring 2013: Angie Minkin
Angie is one of Community Boards’ coach for our Conflict Coaching Program. Angie recently retired from the California Public Utilities Commission, where she served as an Administrative Law Judge for many years. Angie is very involved in her neighborhood and is the chair of the Excelsior Action Group’s Advisory Board and a member of the Ingleside Police Station Community Police Advisory Board. Angie’s focus is improving public safety in the Excelsior District. She is also interested in working together to improve our collective environment.
Here are some of the ways you can participate in making San Francisco a safer, more peaceful place to live and work.
If you would like to become one of volunteer Community Mediators, you will need to take The Basics of Mediation training. We provide a limited number of scholarships to help us maintain the diversity of our mediator pool. Click here to learn more about The Basics of Mediation.
NEIGHBORHOOD MEDIATION PROGRAM SERVICES
We need assistance with intake & case management during business in-take hours, Monday-Thursday, 11AM to 5PM. You answer telephones, speak with people who have a conflict, answer their questions, open cases, or make referrals to other resources. To help here, you need to join our Intern Program. Click here to learn more about our Intern Program.
Outreach and public education are important ongoing activities. We have a number of opportunities. If interested, please contact Marynoel Strope, Community Outreach Coordinator, (415) 920-3820 x102, or email her at Learn_More@communityboards.org. Please include her name in the subject line.