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Posted December 29, 2016 | 11:22 AM

Volunteers Needed for Citizen Panels

Hillsborough County has openings on 17 boards and committees

Citizen-member boards and committees help Hillsborough County government function effectively.

There are dozens of such panels, ranging from the Council on Aging, which advocates for older Hillsborough County residents; to the Diversity Advisory Council, which facilitates communication between the County and Hillsborough’s diverse communities; to the Anti-Bullying Advisory Committee, established to help curtail bullying through awareness and education.

Individual County commissioners and other government officials serve on many of the boards and committees, along with people with expertise in the scope of a panel’s mission. Other participants are residents who want to serve the community.

Volunteer members of boards must be registered to vote in Hillsborough County. They receive no pay.

County officials post open positions throughout the year. Qualifications and requirements vary, depending on a board’s mission.

Commissioners currently are accepting applications for memberships on 17 boards and committees. The deadline to apply is Jan. 12. Appointments will be announced at a Board of County Commissioners meeting in February.