Board Member Responsibilities

Attend all board and committee meetings and functions, such as special events.

Be informed about the organization's

    • Mission

    • Services

    • Policies

    • Programs

Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.

Serve on committees or task forces and offer to take on special assignments.

Inform others about the organization.

Suggest possible nominees to the board who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and the organization.

Keep up to date on developments in the organization's field.

Follow conflict-of-interest and confidentiality policies.

Refrain from making special requests of the staff.

Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization's annual financial statements.

Board Member

Personal Characteristics

Ability to:

  • Listen
  • Analyze
  • Think Clearly
  • Creatively
  • Work well with people individually and in a group

Willing to:

  • Prepare for and attend board and committee meetings
  • Ask questions
  • Take Responsibility
  • Follow through on a given assignment
  • Open doors in community
  • Evaluate oneself

Develop Certain Skills if you do not already possess them:

  • Cultivate and solicit funds
  • Cultivate and recruit board members and other volunteers
  • Read and understand financial statements


  • Honesty
  • sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views
  • Friendly, responsive, and patient approach
  • Community-building skills
  • Personal integrity
  • Develop sense of values
  • Concern for your nonprofit's development
  • Sense of humor
  • Compassion for Veterans


Vickie Lomax- Wells Fargo/H.O.V.E.L



Tanya Kitchen-H.O.V.E.L



Matt Bates-Wells Fargo


Calvin Brown-Veteran


Sam Hutchison-


Delano Maxwell-Project Iowa






HOVEL is looking to fill three Board Members seats.  If interested in becoming a Board Member please fill out the request form. Thanks





Board meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of every month.


Time: 6:00 pm

Place: 4921 Douglas Suite 6

            Des Moines, Iowa 50310

Location: HOVEL's  Board Room