We're looking for Board Members!

February 20, 2019

Do you love the Internet? Do you want to help bring Internet access to underserved populations in Pittsburgh? Meta Mesh Wireless Communities needs your help to advance its vision of bridging the digital divide! MMWC provides Internet access to Pittsburgh's most disconnected neighborhoods by creating public WiFi hotspots in and around central neighborhood areas.


MMWC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is looking for folks interested in joining its board of directors. Directors are responsible for the long-term success and continuity of the organization. The board advises the executive team, which conducts the day-to-day business of the organization. Directors nonetheless invest their time and money in fundraising, guiding the technical aspect of the organization with subject matter expertise, connecting the organization to community leaders via community outreach, and, sometimes, helping with day-to-day business problems.


For 2019, we need the most help with:


  • Grant outreach: communication with foundations and more, including assisting in grant writing

  • Consumer and Donor outreach: marketing to both individual consumers who may benefit from MMWC’s programs as well as individual donors who want to support those programs themselves

  • Treasury duties: advising the executive team on how best to manage our cash flow

  • Systems administration: the executive team needs could use an extra set of hands for small projects from time to time


Check out our Success indicators of ideal MMWC board members document for more detail on where we need help the most.


What does board membership entail?


Time commitment. This board meets periodically, at least once yearly but generally semi-annually. Participation via teleconference is permissible with advance notice. Beyond these obligations, directors are expected to respond to email and chat activity between meetings and to devote some time monthly to contributing to the success of the organization. Directors serve four-year terms, but it is acceptable to resign early if life gets too busy to participate in board obligations.


Financial commitment. Board members are expected to assist the organization financially through donations. Participation is more important than the amount, though. The board recognizes that not all contributions are monetary, so sweat equity will be taken into account when board donation participation is evaluated.


Compensation. Directors are not paid for their work as directors, nor can they be employees of the organization, but they are permitted to perform work for the organization at a rate equivalent to what the organization would pay someone else for that work.


If interested, send us a message with your resume at info@metamesh.org.


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