How to Get Involved

How to Get Involved

Overall opportunities to get more involved vary by district, although the following are generally standard across boards citywide.

Become a Non-board Committee Member

Committees are composed of Board members, and non-Board (public) members. As a non-member you will be able to participate in the discussion and make recommendations, although you are not allowed to vote.

Committees are open to the public and are required by the New York State Open Meetings Law to keep full and accurate minutes.

If you’re interested in joining a committee, contact your local community board for more information. Note most boards require an application to be submitted along with a current resume.

Apply to Be a Board Member

As per the city charter, the city’s borough presidents are responsible for appointing board members in their respective boroughs with a portion of the appointment recommended by local council members. For more information, visit your borough president’s website.

Bronx Borough President’s office
Brooklyn Borough President office
Manhattan Borough President’s office
Queens Borough President’s office
Staten Island Borough President’s office

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Many community boards rely on local volunteers, including board members and other community residents. Volunteer opportunities vary.

For more information, contact your local community board for additional information.