Volunteer Opportunities

The Town Manager is seeking volunteers for the following committees and boards to fill regular member seats or associate member seats. If interested, please submit a volunteer application (PDF) to the Town Manager's office.
 
You may also wish to review the Board and Committee Handbook

Updated 3/23/17


Cable Advisory Committee


The Cable Advisory Committee advises the Town Manager on matters relating to the licensing and supervision of the contract for cable television services in the Town consistent with state and federal law. It may also advise the Town Manager on negotiations during the contract renewal negotiation.  Current Vacancies: 2

Citizens Advisory Committee


The Citizen Advisory Committee advises the Town Manager on the selection of appointees to Town multiple member bodies.

Conant Trust Fund Committee


The Conant Trusts Fund Committee was formed for the purpose of administering funds held under an Indentures of Trust, dated June 4, 1925. The Committee has broad general powers to use the income and principal received by the trust at its discretion, and in keeping with the provisions of the trust. The Committee may receive gifts of property, both real and personal, in the name of the Town of Bridgewater, such gifts to be managed and controlled by the committee as outlined in the Indentures of Trust. The Conant Trusts Fund Committee is an advisory, regulatory, and ministerial committee of the Town.  Current Vacancies: 2

Cultural Council


The Cultural Council decides the distribution of arts lottery funds or other funds that may be available to it and may also conduct other activities to promote and encourage the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences. Current Vacancies: 4

Disability Commission


The Disability Commission helps identify barriers to daily living for people with disabilities; advises municipal officials and employees in complying with state and federal laws and regulations that affect people with disabilities; plans programs in coordination with state programs designed to help people with disabilities; reviews and makes recommendations concerning policies, procedures, services, activities and facilities as they affect people with disabilities; and provides information, referrals, guidance and technical assistance to individuals, public agencies, businesses and organizations in all matters pertaining to disability.  Current Vacancies: 1

Elder Affairs Commission


The purpose of the Elder Affairs Commission is to advocate for the needs of the elderly people residing in the Town of Bridgewater. The Elder Affairs Commission surveys the elderly population to better determine their needs problems and concerns. It develops criteria for program and supportive services development based upon an assessment of needs and participates in programs offered by the Commonwealth's Department of Elder Services. The Elder Affairs Commission helps identify goals and objectives and supports staff in implementing and promoting the Elder Affairs Commission’s mission. The Elder Affairs Commission members also serve as Trustees of the Senior Center Funds. The Commission makes recommendations to the Director of Elder Affairs and the Department of Public Works Director regarding the maintenance of the Senior Center facility, capital needs and minor repairs, supplies related to operation of the building, and replacement of necessary items to maintain the building in good condition. The Commission recommends capital spending from the Senior Center Trust Funds. The Elder Affairs Commission is an advisory and ministerial committee of the Town. Current Vacancies: 1 Associate Member

Energy Committee


The Energy Committee advises town officials on energy conservation efforts throughout the Town, including but not limited to all municipal and school buildings, street lights, vehicles, and equipment. The Committee may recommend methods to monitor and manage energy costs. The Committee also advises concerning applications for grants from federal and state sources, including the Massachusetts Green Communities Program, and recommends changes to Town ordinances and policies to promote energy conservation and renewable energy use.  Current Vacancies: 1

Financial Committee


As defined in the Town Charter, the Financial Committee provides financial advice to the Town Manager and the Town Council on the yearly operating budget for all Town agencies, which includes the Regional School budget as adopted by the School Committee. The Financial Committee provides financial advice to the Town Council and to the Town Manager on matters of long-range financial planning. The Financial Committee is responsible for advising the Town Manager on the annual preparation of the Town's capital improvement plan. It prepares a report to the Town Council on said annual capital improvement program and participates in public hearings called for review of this program. After at least one public meeting, the Financial Committee shall report its recommendations to the Town Council on all finance related matters. The finance committee shall have such additional powers and duties as may be provided by the General Laws, by Town Charter, or by ordinance. The Financial Committee is an advisory and ministerial committee of the Town.  Current Vacancies: 1 Town Manager Appoint, 1 Town Council Appoint

Historic District Committee


The Historic District Committee promotes the Historic District's educational, cultural, economic, aesthetic and literary significance through the preservation and protection of buildings, settings and places within the boundaries of the district and through the development and maintenance of appropriate exterior appearances of such buildings and places, so as to preserve and maintain the district as a contemporary landmark compatible with the historic, cultural, literary and aesthetic tradition of Bridgewater, as it existed in the early days of the Town. The Committee determines the appropriateness of exterior architectural features of buildings and structures to be erected within the district; passes upon the demolition or removal of any building or structure or any part thereof; determines the appropriateness of the erection or display of occupational, commercial or other signs and billboards within the district wherever a certificate of appropriateness is required. The Committee promulgates rules and regulations governing the issuance of certificates of appropriateness which shall be approved by the Town Council.

Historical Committee


The Historical Commission preserves, protects, and develops the historical and archaeological assets of the Town. The Commission may conduct research for places of historic and archaeological value, and cooperates with the State Archaeologist in conducting such research. It coordinates the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes and may, subject to appropriation and approval by the Town Manager, advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which it deems necessary for its work. Current Vacancies: 1 Regular Member, 1 Associate

Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee


The Town Manager is seeking volunteers to serve on an ad-hoc committee to advise the Town Council on issues related to recreational marijuana, including whether the Town should regulate retail establishments.  The committee can have up to ten members who must be Bridgewater residents.  The committee may serve for up to sixteen months, and meetings will likely be held once or twice per month. The mission of the committee is to identify the issues associated with the retail sales of marijuana in the Town of Bridgewater and suggest possible solutions, including recommendations on the promulgation of ordinances and regulations. The committee should be prepared to meet with the Council every three months to update the Council on its progress. Current Vacancies: 10

Master Plan Committee


The Master Plan Committee is responsible for facilitating the implementation and updating of the Master Plan. Current Vacancies: 1

Open Space Committee


 The Open Space Committee advises the Town Manager on the preservation of open space, and on updating the Open Space Plan. The Committee evaluates opportunities for the acquisition and protection of open space parcels against a number of criteria, including whether the Town's acquisition of the parcel would (i) help preserve Bridgewater's character, (ii) protect Bridgewater's water resources, (iii)abut or conjoin existing conservation lands, (iv) provide public access for walking, biking or other passive recreation, (v) preserve or enhance distinctive streetscapes, views or vistas, or (vi) preserve important wildlife and/or vegetation habitat. To this end, the Committee works with Town residents, local officials, state and federal agencies, and private nonprofit land conservation organizations to further these open space objectives. The Committee advises the Town Manager on the development and content of the Open Space Plan. Current Vacancies: 4

Planning Board


The Planning Board makes recommendations to the Town Council with regard to any changes in the Zoning Ordinance of the Town. The Board is responsible for the regulation of subdivisions within the Town pursuant to MGL Chapter 41, §§ 81A through 81GG. It renders advice concerning land use planning to the Town Council. The Planning Board is responsible for the review and updates to the Town's Master Plan, and may appoint either a sub-committee of the Board or an independent committee to provide expertise and recommendations concerning the Master Plan and its components. Current Vacancies: 2 Associate Members

Senior Associates Volunteer Committee


The Committee shall review applications to the SAVE program and select participants to be recommended to the Town Manager for the SAVE program. It shall contract with qualified senior citizens to provide the Town the benefit of their knowledge and experience in return for a tax credit, thereby enhance municipal service and increasing senior citizen participation in municipal government. The SAVE Committee is advisory to the Town. Current Vacancies: 1

Zoning Board of Appeals


The Zoning Board of Appeals hears and decides individual cases brought by persons seeking land use relief, or appeals to the Building Inspector's decisions. It also hears and decides applications for comprehensive permits under MGL chapter 40B.  Current Vacancies: 1 Regular Member, 1 Associate Member

Water and Sewer Board


The Water and Sewer Board is responsible for recommending all improvements to the municipal water pollution control facilities and water treatment and distribution facilities in the Town, and serves as an advisory board to the Public Works Director for establishment of rules and regulations governing the operation of all Town water pollution control facilities and water treatment and distribution facilities. The Water and Sewer Board establishes rates subject to Town Manager approval. The Water and Sewer Board is an advisory committee of the Town. Current Vacancies: 1

Veterans' Council


The purpose of the Veterans Council is to advocate for meeting the needs of the veterans residing in the Town of Bridgewater and to provide support for the Director of Veteran’s Services. The Veteran’s Council promotes the recognition and observance of all patriotic holidays to include, but not limited to: Memorial Day, Flag Day, the Fourth of July, and Veterans' Day. The Veteran’s Council fosters an understanding and appreciation within the Town of the achievements, contributions, and sacrifices Veterans have made to Bridgewater, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the nation. The Veterans Council is an advisory committee to the Town. Current Vacancies: 2