Habitat, ARF seeking board members
by Emily McLain
Jan 20, 2014 | 833 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two organizations – one that provides shelter for people and the other for animals – are in need of new board members.

The Sylacauga affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, along with the Sylacauga Animal Rescue Foundation, need board members to help and provide fresh ideas, said Celeste Landers, president of both organizations.

“For Habitat, we would prefer members with some construction knowledge, and ARF members need to be willing to put in hours at the shelter and do a lot of fundraising,” Landers said.

There is no specific number of members needed for either organization, but Landers said both boards need to be rebuilt. Many of the current members of these boards have been involved for eight to 13 years, she said, and “we need fresh blood and new energy.”

Habitat meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce. ARF meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the animal shelter. Attending meetings is the main requirement asked of board members, but other tasks are asked, particularly fundraising.

“Habitat is taking the year off from building a house to rebuild our funds, so we will be doing solely fundraising this year,” Landers said. “And we really need an assistant treasurer to help us keep that balanced.”

At the animal shelter, the city pays a portion of its expenses, but the shelter incurs costs for any animal kept longer than seven days, Landers said.

“We take in 50 to75 animals a month, and I think we adopted out 10 last month, and that was a good month,” she said. “The expenses add up when you’re caring for these animals, but that’s what we exist to do, so we are constantly fundraising to support that mission.”

Although much is asked of board members, much is gained as well, Landers said.

“One is putting people in a good home, and the other is putting animals in a good home,” she said. “You get to share in the good feeling that comes from helping put these families in homes and get strays off the streets.”

For information about either board, contact Landers at 256-401-3121.