Join NeighborWorks Umpqua's Board of Directors

Find out why Leesa Cobb thinks you should join us!

Calling all passionate community members in Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Curry, and Coos: NeighborWorks Umpqua is looking for you! The rural nonprofit is happy to announce open enrollment for its Board of Directors. With over 25 years of service in Southern Oregon, we want you to help us take the organization to the next level. The perfect NeighborWorks Umpqua (NWU) Board candidate will be equity and diversity-focused, and excited about serving alongside an extremely varied group of individuals from all walks of life. From skilled lawyers to passionate community members, our board members come from all sorts of different professions, backgrounds, and neighborhoods, but all take great pride and fulfillment in serving. Read what Board member, Leesa Cobb, has to say about the history of the organization and what serving on the NWU Board of Directors means in her own words.

“NWU is an organization working to make communities better, stronger, durable, and good places to live, work, and raise your family. The staff and board select projects that will make a difference and lift people up. You come into a board meeting excited about the projects in the works and leave the board meeting excited about the next projects coming up. It’s a ‘can do’ organization whose projects will often intersect with your areas of passion.

Take my passion for example. I believe there is a strong intersection between affordable housing and healthcare. I am the Executive Director of the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team and the Vice-Chair of the Coast Community Health Center and my family has been a part of Oregon since 1870. I grew up in a farming family and married into a commercial fishing family and stay active in my community. NWU’s work is critical to our area. One aspect of their services is the acquisition and retention of affordable housing in our region.  This is critical to keeping families housed. The “housing first” model is connected to better access to health care. Once you get someone into housing you can work on all the other issues, whether it’s mental health, whether it’s substance abuse, whether it’s not being able to hold onto a job. This simple connection is a key component of improving the quality of life for Oregonians and is just one of the many ways that NWU improves our Southern Oregon community!

I believe in the work of this organization. It lifts people up in a region that is struggling, offering a hand-up. My Mother taught her children to volunteer and help our community, and one of the most meaningful ways is through a Board membership with NWU. NWU gets things done. It inspires me every day because I see the projects evoke positive changes in the community.

If you are looking for a chance to improve your community, ask yourself one question. Why haven’t you applied? Apply for Board membership today. I look forward to serving with you. ”

Interested in serving on a Board of Directors dedicated to providing innovative solutions in housing, finance, and community matters? Then sign-up with NeighborWorks Umpqua’s Board of Directors today. Fill out the form below and let’s work together to create a better Southern Oregon for all!

Board of Directors Inquiry Form

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