Volunteer @ CB

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 OPPORTUNITIES

Here are some of the ways you can participate in making San Francisco a safer, more peaceful place to live and work.

1) Mediation
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.

Contact: Karen H. Lipney, ADR Programs Director, (415) 920-3820 x109, or email her at Learn_More@communityboards.org.  Please include her name in the subject line.

2) Program & Operations Support
We need assistance with intake and case management during business in-take hours, Monday-Thursday, 11AM to 5PM. Volunteers answer telephones, speak with people who have a conflict, answer their questions, open cases, or make referrals to other resources. To assist here, you will need to apply to our Intern Program. Click here to learn more about our Intern Program.

Contact: Karen H. Lipney, ADR Programs Director, (415) 920-3820 x109, or email her at Learn_More@communityboards.org.  Please include her name in the subject line.

3) Community Outreach & Social Media
Outreach and public education are important ongoing activities. We are invited to send representatives to public and civic events, year-round, throughout San Francisco. Activities include tabling, public speaking, role-play demonstrations, social mixers, among others.

We are continuously improving and expanding our social media platforms. Volunteer activities here include promoting our professional services on LinkedIn, creating short videos for Instagram, developing public awareness campaigns for multiple websites, and more.

Help us get the word out any way you can!

Contact: Sarah Moss, Community Outreach Coordinator, (415) 920-3820 x102, or email her at Learn_More@communityboards.org.  Please include her name in the subject line.

VOLUNTEERS OF THE QUARTER

Many remarkable people volunteer at Community Boards, assisting us on different projects and programs.  In appreciation of their great work, we created “Volunteer of the Quarter” to honor and acknowledge their civic engagement and community peacebuilding.

Linda McKay
I started volunteering at Community Boards 8 years ago, first as a mediator and then as a Conflict Coach. Since my retirement, I’ve volunteered in the office helping Mac and Karen with intakes and case management. On a personal level, I had no idea how much I would change by becoming a mediator and conflict coach. I was a manager in a high-tech company, and my staff noticed changes right away. I listened better – so they felt heard. I didn’t jump in immediately with solutions – so they felt more empowered.

Nancy Lee
Since our family moved every two to three years, I couldn’t commit to a long-term professional position.  It turned out to be a blessing because I’ve been able to use my time and skills in public service. When I started as an intern at CB, I thought I was the one giving to the organization, sharing my valuable time and my Cantonese speaking ability. CB has given me wonderful and useful skills and experiences to improve my professional and personal life. One of the most valuable skills I learned is how to be an active listener. The Basics of Mediation and Conflict Coaching trainings were transformational and life-changing. I can now also volunteer as a mediator and conflict coach.

Allison Edwards
I first learned about Community Boards through Mac. After a presentation he gave, he recruited me as an intern. For almost three years I continued to donate much of my free time outside of work and classes to CB. I wrote the current Intern Training Manual and had the pleasure of training a new batch of interns this year. My time at Community Boards helped me grow both personally and professionally by allowing me to discover and dedicate myself to work I enjoy. During my time volunteering with CB, I graduated from SFSU with BAs in Communications and German, a minor in Criminal Justice, and the SFSU Certificate of Conflict Resolution.

Wayne Liang
It all started when a co-worker asked me if I’d like to become a mediator. He said Community Boards was searching for Mandarin speakers to help non-English speaking parties with disputes. I said yes because I wanted to help those with limited English proficiency. After taking the Basics of Mediation training, I was in awe. The techniques and skills I learned has been very beneficial in my daily life. After the training, I’ve served as an interpreter/translator for case intake and development, and have served as a mediator on other mediations. Today, I continue to be a volunteer mediator with the Community Boards and I look forward to working with other mediators.

Chuck Regal
I took the Community Boards mediation training in 1977 — the very first one! I later worked at CB from 1983 to 2006, first as a community organizer, then became a case manager. In 1998 I became the Program Director. I volunteer as a Coach at the Basics of Mediation trainings. I continue to volunteer because the work is just as exciting today as it was when I first joined. Our process and organization of remarkable volunteers, staff and trainers who unfailingly make this process available to others, make Community Boards a societal treasure and one of the truly bright spots on earth. I’m still inspired by the vision and values of our late fantastic founder, Raymond Shonholtz!

Mei Chang Yu
I have a background in bioscience, pharmacology, and stem cell technology. I came to Community Boards looking for an opportunity to complement this passion I have for advancing life and alleviating hardships. I also wanted an opportunity that would give me the skills to communicate better with other people. By the time I completed my four-month internship, I was “hooked” on CB. I took the “Basics” training and now volunteer as a Community Mediator. I’m proud that I’ve helped increase the number of mediations with Chinese residents.

Victor Dias
I got involved with Community Boards through SF State University back in 2012. At the time, I needed an internship for my degree. I was looking for an opportunity that would give me the skills to better communicate with other people.  Now I volunteer as a Community Mediator and I come into the office weekly to assist with Spanish case intakes and development. I find the most rewarding part of volunteering is helping people directly — letting them feel heard on the phone or helping them come to an agreement during a mediation.  One of the biggest challenges for me is overcoming people’s resistance to Community Boards’ ability to assist them.  I, however, am really good at getting them to change their minds!

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. Dylan mediates for the San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa Superior Courts. He is also an instructor at Stanford University

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Here are some of the ways you can participate in making San Francisco a safer, more peaceful place to live and work.

MEDIATION
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. Contact Karen H. Lipney, ADR Programs Director, (415) 920-3820 x109, or email her at Learn_More@communityboards.org.  Please include her name in the subject line. Click here to learn more about our Intern Program.

OUTREACH
Outreach and public education are important ongoing activities. We have a number of opportunities.  If interested, please contact Sarah Moss, Community Outreach Coordinator, (415) 920-3820 x102, or email her at Learn_More@communityboards.org.  Please include her name in the subject line.