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Our board The REACH Board of Directors is an engaged and committed group of community members who not only fulfill the fiduciary and legal requirements of board service, they also act as ambassadors for the organization. Directors are expected to participate in carrying out the mission of REACH. They agree to attend directors' meetings and provide leadership for at least one board committee, contribute funds for annual operations and any special programs, engage others in the organization's work, and overall support REACH in achieving its strategic goals.
Position General Guidelines for the Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Participates actively in carrying out the mission.

  2. Attends directors meetings and initiates and participates in discussions.

  3. Provides leadership and involvement to at least one standing committee and attend its meetings and takes part in its activities.

  4. Contributes funds for annual operations and special programs with commitment perceived to be at or near top of the director’s capacity to give.

  5. Supports fundraising programs and initiatives with as much one-to-one solicitation activity as possible.

  6. Prioritizes REACH as highly as possible to similar memberships/board appointments in other nonprofit organizations.

  7. Initiates other helpful advice and counsel to help meet and exceed REACH’s objectives and goals.

  8. Promotes a positive endorsement and attitude to the community-at-large regarding REACH Beyond Domestic Violence.

It is recognized that the REACH directors, as a body, have leadership responsibilities for contributing and raising funds as stated in the objectives (bullets # 4 and 5) above.

An ideal director assumes all of the above responsibilities.  While there is no direct or implied formula as to the relative priorities of the above objectives, or any minimum of each responsibility asked.  It is hoped that each REACH Director will attempt to fulfill all, or as many of the objectives as possible, and will be willing to be evaluated accordingly.
Desired skills
Accounting, Communications, Data Analysis, Digital Marketing, Diversity/Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Fundraising, Human Resources, Information Technology, Research, Social Media, Strategy Consulting
When Board meetings are currently monthly (fourth Monday). Plans to shift to alternating months.
Where Currently on zoom; moving toward returning to in person meetings or hybrid. Meetings located at Waltham office.
Commitment 3 to 5 hours/month
Donation Organization strives for 100% board giving, but have no strict guidelines around financial contributions.
Requirements Board meeting attendance
Committee participation and leadership
Financial support of mission at a meaningful level for the Director
On-boarding REACH offers training for all new staff and volunteers - Board members are expected to participate within their term.
Senior team members provide initial orientation and education regarding organization structure, mission, funding and regulations.
Additional Info Our Vision: Healthy and safe relationships for individuals and communities.

Our Mission: REACH works with survivors of domestic violence to foster safety and support while engaging communities to promote healthy relationships.

Our Values

We are all in this together.
We do our work as part of a larger movement. We are collaborative, supporting one another in task and spirit.

We care for ourselves and one another.
We recognize that survivors, staff and volunteers are more than the trauma they have experienced or the job functions they perform. Wellbeing stems from feeling grounded in our lives and work.

How we do our work matters.
The respectful, equitable relationships we work for in the world have to start with us. We practice kindness and respect, and we commit to being present for survivors, colleagues and our communities.

We believe change is possible.
We work with communities and individuals to change social norms and systems of oppression in order to prevent and ultimately end domestic violence.

Our theory of change is that social norms and individual behaviors can be changed through education and practice at individual and community levels. Attitudes and behaviors are built on social norms, which are shaped through education (media, schools, faith, consumerism, etc.) and practice (what we do every day). Changing attitudes and behaviors requires changing social norms which requires new/different education and practice. All of this must be done with an understanding of trauma and how it impacts all of us.
Our mission

At REACH, we’re empowering individuals, families, and communities to overcome domestic violence – because we all deserve safe, healthy relationships.

Health, Life Skills, Social Justice & Equality