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City of Reading Volunteer Opportunities

Jun 08, 2017 • by City of Reading
City of Reading

The City of Reading has many opportunities for residents to be involved in decisions made by their local government.  At this time, the City needs residents to serve on several Boards, Authorities and Commissions (BAC).  Four BACs are highlighted below along with a comprehensive list of all openings on City BACs.

Are you a heating/air conditioning professional?  The HVAC Board reviews the City’s heating and air conditioning installation and maintenance requirements. 

Board of Ethics members must be City residents.  The Board gives advice and processes complaints of potential violations of the Code of Ethics and conducts education programs.  Board members have an elevated duty to avoid conflicts of interests and may not hold or campaign for public office, hold office in any political party, organization or committee, may be employed or appointed by any government, or actively participate or contribute to any campaign for City office.

Members of the Charter Board must be City residents.  The Board gives advice and processes complaints of potential violations of the Home Rule Charter and conducts education programs.  Board members have an elevated duty to avoid conflicts of interests and may not hold or campaign for public office, hold office in any political party, organization or committee, may be employed or appointed by any government, or actively participate or contribute to any campaign for City office.

The Reading Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) works to protect areas, buildings and structures of the City which reflect the cultural, social, and architectural history of the City, awaken an interest in the City’s historic past, foster civic pride in the architectural, historical, cultural and educational accomplishments of Reading, promotes the use and reuse of the historic areas, buildings and structures, enhancing the City’s attractiveness to visitors, encouraging new buildings and developments that are harmonious with existing historic and architecturally important buildings, and to enable the City to participate actively in the National Register of Historic Places program and procedures and the National Certified Local Government Program to qualify for grant assistance.

Electrician’s Examining Board                  1 opening

Plumbing Board                                     2 openings

HVAC Board                                         6 openings

Zoning Hearing Board                            2 alternate openings

Fire Civil Service Board                         1 opening

Historical Architectural                          5 openings – 1 at large resident, 1 resident of the Prince District, 1 resident of the Penn’s Review Board Commons District, 1 resident of The Heights District and 1 real estate broker

Board of Health                                   1 opening + 1 alternate opening – environmental health knowledge

Board of Ethics                                    2 openings

Building/Fire Code Board Of Appeals       2 openings + 2 alternate openings – building and trades experience

Animal Control Board                           1 openings

Charter Board                                     3 openings

Code & License Appeals Board               1 opening – must own a business in Reading

Diversity Board                                   2 openings – 1 rep of a reputable City Hispanic org and 1 rep of the NAACP

Main Street Board                                2 openings

Pagoda Foundation                               4 openings

Water Authority                                   2 openings

Redevelopment Authority                      2 openings

CRIZ Authority                                    5 openings

Planning Commission                           2 openings

Shade Tree Commission                       2 openings

Stadium Commission                           2 openings

Human Relations Commission               1 opening

Environmental Advisory Council             3 openings

Recreation Commission                        2 openings

All interested citizens should complete the BAC application form found on the City’s website – www.readingpa.gov – and return it to the City Clerk’s office, 815 Washington St, Reading, PA  19601.

For additional information, please call the City Clerk’s office at 610-655-6204 or email [email protected].  

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