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“I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do, interfere with what I can do.”  ~Edward Everett Hale

Becoming a Fresh Start Furnishings Board of Directors Member means becoming part of a growing and innovative team.  We have recently expanded our Board from 7 to 11 members in eager anticipation of meeting our 5-year strategic planning goals.  We are focused on governance, fundraising and advocacy in an effort to provide the best support possible to our staff and volunteers so they can, in turn, serve our clients with the utmost care.

The ideal Fresh Start Furnishings Board member is a builder and a connector.  Skilled in strategic planning, thinking creatively, and taking initiative, new FSF Board members are team-oriented and self-motivated leaders who desire to expand our positive impact in the community.  


General Board Member 

Thanks to our recent board membershiup expansion, we currently currently have 5 general board member seats available. Please click the link below to learn more about what this role entails along with general Board Member responsibilities and policies.

If you are interested in finding out more about the unique opportunity of becoming a Fresh Start Furnishings Board Member, please fill out the application below.  If you have any questions or need immediate assistance, please email


Board Member duties in each area:
  • Governance: Providing oversight of the organization including legal compliance, reporting, and staff support.

  • Advocacy: Being the voice for our clients in the community through outreach, networking, and marketing.

  • Fundraising: Raising the funds necessary to sustainably provide much-needed services to our applicants.

Organizational Areas of Focus:
  • Social Enterprise: Producing mission-aligned products and services that offer value to the community and generate revenue to fund overhead and operations.

  • Operations: Compliance and efficiency of organizational operations and raising money to fund programs.

  • Programs: Identifying and addressing client needs through direct-service and volunteer support.


How Board Members can serve each duty:
  • Time: Providing hours of support in service to our mission whether in-person or virtually, on a team or independently.

  • Talent: Offering your skills, experience, and wisdom to assist in meeting the needs of our organization and programs.

  • Treasures: Fiscally supporting the mission through personal gifts and/or fundraising efforts and connections in the community.

Board of Directors Meeting Schedule 

Fresh Start Furnishings (FSF) board members are expected to attend most regularly scheduled meetings. The FSF Board of Directors does much of its work and nearly all its decision making via in-person meetings, virtual meetings, or a hybrid. Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month with the exception of breaking for the holidays in December and one month over the summer (usually July or August).  Meetings range from 60 minutes to 120 minutes with an average meet time of 90 minutes and are held at the Garceau Realty offices in Bel Air, MD.  Our Annual Meeting is typically held in place of our February or March regular meeting and is typically 3-4 hours.  All board members are expected to attend this important and crucial yearly meeting.

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