How Much Time Does Serving on a Good Neighbor Committee Take?

Setting a regular meeting day and time will help people decide whether they can join, and plan their schedules accordingly. It also helps to estimate how much work will need to be done outside of the committee meeting — including time spent on subcommittees, if any.

“Our meetings take place at lunch time. Between meetings, members learn about and establish contacts with nonprofit organizations in the target area, conduct site visits, respond to grant proposals, and prepare grant recommendations for review by the full committee.”

“Members also communicate frequently with each other by email. All told, members of the New York committee typically spend a few hours a week on committee duties. Most of the work can take place over lunch or on a member’s way to or from the office.”

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