Thank you for your interest in the Chapel Hill Service League.
We recognize the desire to volunteer, make a difference in the community, and interact with diverse women who share your passions, while managing work and in many cases families of all ages, is a carefully crafted balancing act.
Our membership approves each year's community outreach slate, and that slate is scheduled to provide meaningful opportunities to volunteer and socialize at varied times and days of the week. By doing this, all members have an opportunity to get involved and interact with each other at times that best fit their unique schedules.
The New Member Committee is comprised of women who will guide you throughout your first year. Our goal is to make your first year rewarding – both in terms of service and friendship. Your New Member class will be your base, but you will also meet and work with existing members during service projects, at General meetings and during social events.
Our goal is to make your first year rewarding – both in terms of service and friendship. Each committee member has been a New Member once too. They know it can be a little overwhelming at first, so they are here to guide you through this year.
The Service League Year
The Service League year runs from September to May in terms of structured meetings and projects. Some committees are also active during the summer to support upcoming fall activities. New members are welcome to join at any point during the year.
New Member Meetings
New Member meetings include a social time, as well as time to introduce you to the League and its activities. Meetings are held on a day and time convenient to the majority of the New Member class. Meetings are hosted by members of the New Member Committee and are held in their homes or in neighborhood clubhouses around the area. In-person meetings are informal, (you may even need to find a seat on the floor); feel free to come from work or the gym – any attire is welcome. Or, if circumstances dictate, we will hold on-line meetings.
General Meetings attended by all membership groups (see side bar) are held on the 3rd Monday of the month at United Church of Chapel Hill. Meetings and begin at 6:30 p.m. – allowing time to sign up for volunteer opportunities and to socialize with your fellow League members. The business meeting portion begins at 7:00 p.m. It is typical for the meetings to end by 8 p.m. Again, dress is informal. Also, if circumstances dictate, we will hold on-line meetings.
Volunteer Hour Requirement
The Chapel Hill Service League keeps an accurate account of volunteer time. Hours help us establish our credentials when we seek corporate partnerships for our projects. They also validate our non-profit status, provide a gauge for how many projects we can commit to each year, and are used when we publicize our contributions to the community. We count volunteer hours on the honor system.
All new members are asked to complete 35 hours of service during their first year and 50 hours each active year in the League. The hours are easy to acquire because, as mentioned above, League activities (including planning and committee work) are planned with busy schedules in mind. There are service opportunities in the daytime, evenings, weekdays, weekends and even activities that you can complete in your own home. You will be able to sign up for activities at the New Member meetings, the General Meetings, and online.
Don't hesitate to reach out to our New Member Committee if you have any questions. Also, depending on the time of year, be sure to attend our information fair, held the end of every August.
Year 1. During your first year of service, you will meet the following requirements: attend New Member and General Meetings; read the constitution and by-laws; read the new member handbook; participate in a new member project; report at least 35 service hours and pay dues. New Members are voting members and can serve on committees.
Active members are individuals who complete a minimum of 50 hours of service work each year, who regularly attend general member meetings, and are current on annual membership dues. Active members are voting members, can serve on the board, and chair committees.
You receive the title of Sustainer with the Dedicated Service Award, after completing 7 years of active service with the Service League. Sustainers have all the benefits and priveleges of an Active Member, with a reduced membership fee and reduced hours requirement.
The title of Life Member is a special honor awarded to a Sustainer Member who has completed three (3) years of active service as a Sustainer, for a minimum of 10 years of completed active service with the Service League. Life Members have all of the benefits and priveleges of Active Members, with no annual membership fee and no hours requirement.
Request more information from one of our New Member Coordinators with this form: