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Volunteer Opportunities, City of Reading

Sep 21, 2017 • by City of Reading 'Council Corner' Newsletter
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. 

Members of the Charter Board and 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 educational 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 not 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.

The Citizens Initiative Commission acts as a communication vehicle between City government and City residents on policies and issues related to neighborhood quality of life and economic health and can assist in an advisory capacity with any other community issues or programs.  The Commission works to improve the overall effectiveness of local government by recommending policy changes, legislative recommendations, suggesting operational improvements, educating the general public on the mechanics of City government, as well as the status of major issues being addressed by City government.

The Youth Commission is an advisory body to the Mayor, City Council, and Managing Director on issues of interest to youth and affecting youth and will directly participate in the government process.  Members must be between the ages of 14 and 22 and may include students from Albright College, Alvernia University and Reading Area Community College.  The Commission shall identify critical issues affecting youth in the City of Reading, provide advice and recommendations to City officials on issues affecting youth in the City of Reading, form subcommittees to allow for in-depth review of issues of interest to the Commission, and make its findings and recommendations available to City officials.

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 Callowhill District, 1 resident of the Review Board, Penn’s Commons District, 1 building and trades professional 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 – 2 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 – 3 openings

Pagoda Foundation – 4 openings

Water Authority – 3 openings

Convention Center Authority – 1 opening

CRIZ Authority – 5 openings

Planning Commission – 1 opening

Stadium Commission – 4 openings

Human Relations Commission – 1 opening

Environmental Advisory Council – 3 openings

Recreation Commission – 2 openings

Citizens Initiative Committee – 9 openings – 1 rep per Council District + 3 City-wide

Youth Commission – 15 openings – 2 reps per Council District + 3 City-wide – ages 14-22

For additional information, please call the City Clerk’s office at 610-655-6204 or email [email protected].  All interested citizens should complete the BAC application form found on the City’s website – – and return it to the City Clerk’s office, 815 Washington St, Reading, PA  19601.

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