Committees

 

Committees are the lifeblood of Friends – an all volunteer organization with no paid staff. Committees comprised of volunteers willing to give their time, energies and competencies, help Loudoun residents disabled by mental illnesses live independent lives and help end the discrimination against people living with mental illnesses. Committee members are truly the heart and soul of Friends.

Finance Committee

This committee, working in close concert with the Treasurer, is responsible for:

  • providing financial leadership and funds management for Friends of Loudoun Mental Health;

  • assisting the treasurer with helping each program (e.g. A Place To Call Home, A Helping Hand, Representative Payee Program, Friends Being Friends, St. Gabriel’s’ Alternative Gift Fair, Hike With Hope) and/or standing committee with the development and preparation of their annual/project budgets;

  • working closely with the Fund Raising Committee to identify future fund raising projects and strategies;

  • preparing IRS 990 and other financial reports as necessary;

  • preparing and mailing thank you notes to donors;

  • interacting with the Communications and Public Relations Committee to provide donor and sponsor information for inclusion in the contact data bases.

Fundraising Committee

This Committee works closely with the Finance Committee. Additionally, the Committee liaisons with the Special Events and Educational Programs Committee and the Communications and Public Relations Committee. Members are responsible for:

  • communicating FLMH’s mission to and forging/sustaining on-going relationships with the business community in Loudoun County and elsewhere are deemed appropriate (e.g. membership in the Chamber of Commerce’s non-profit entity);

  • planning and helping execute activities to raise funds for the purpose of supporting Friends’ direct service programs (e.g. A Place To Call Home, Helping Hand and Representative Payee) as well as other operational expenses;

  • overseeing, researching, writing and pursuing appropriate grants for programmatic and operational expenses;

  • writing, designing and distributing appeal letters three times a year (work in concert with the Finance Committee);

  • providing information to the Communications and Public Relations Committee for inclusion on Friends’ website as appropriate.

Volunteer Relations Committee

This committee focuses on identifying and selecting candidates whose skills, strengths and interests will benefit Friends’ Board and committees. Members are responsible for:

  • recruiting new volunteers for FLMH Board and its committees;

  • interviewing and presenting new volunteer candidates to the FLMH Board;

  • developing and maintaining the Volunteer Handbook;

  • conducting new volunteer orientations;

  • mentoring new volunteers;

  • working closely with the Communications and Public Relations Committee to help maintain contact mailing lists;

  • developing slate of nominees to fill Board officers’ positions as needed;

  • developing and maintaining Board of Director’s Handbook;

  • assisting with volunteer management and retention (e.g. organizing annual recognition event.

Communications and Public Relations Committee

This committee prepares position statements, educational and informational materials as well as other communication media. Members are responsible for:

  • supporting the Fund Raising Committee Chair in the execution of his/her communication duties;

  • developing and maintaining active relationships with the media;

  • developing, implementing and maintaining information on Friends’ website;

  • developing and maintaining an electronic contact data base of supporters, sponsors, and community organizations (e.g. Access and Constant Contact);

  • preparing and distributing advertisements and press releases for informational purposes, activities and events;

  • identifying Between Friends (newsletter) content, writing, producing and emailing the newsletter through  Constant Contact on a quarterly basis;

  • composing and designing other collateral materials such as brochures, flyers or posters as needed;

  • helping produce the Annual Report for distribution to the community and for posting on Friends’ website;

  • being the official photographer and historian for FLMH.

Special Events and Educational Programs Committee

This committee will focus on one-time as well as on-going educational and public information events. Members are responsible for:

  • planning, managing and executing such programs as:

    • Hike With Hope

    • St. Gabriel’s’ Alternative Gift Fair

    • In Our Own Voice

  • Working with the Fund Raising Committee and the Communications and Public Relations Committee to ensure continuity and “same-focus” of efforts;

  • Coordinating with the Volunteer Relations Committee to secure needed volunteers for each event.

Program Development Committee

This committee focuses on FLMH supportive and educational programming. Members are responsible for:

  • Annual evaluation of FLMH programs to assure efficacy and sustainability;

    • A Place To Call Home

    • A Helping Hand

    • Representative Payee

    • Friends Being Friends

    • In Our Own Voice

  • reporting results of annual evaluation to the Board of Directors;

  • identifying new programs and service opportunities to answer Loudoun’s mental health needs;

  • working closely with the Finance Committee, Fund Raising Committee, and the Communications and Public Relations Committee during the development phase of new programming to assess viability and potential funding requirements.

Community Relations Committee

This committee focuses on community-wide relationship building. Members are responsible for:

  • working closely with the Fund Raising Committee and the Communications and Public Relations Committee to identify potential community partners and sponsors; establishing and maintaining interrelationships and cooperation with the non-profit community, human service organizations and agencies, faith community, etc.

  • encouraging community commitment and participation I FLMH activities and programs; representing FLMH at various community and state level functions.

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Friends of Loudoun Mental Health
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