Members of the Commission shall be appointed to a three-year term. Members shall represent the general citizenry and have an interest in human services and a commitment to human services. Individuals with knowledge and understanding of human services, such as a background that provides experience in addressing the needs of youth, seniors, veterans, homeless, etc. is highly desirable. Five of the seven members must live within Lynnwood City Limits. Members must be registered voters.
What to know about being a City of Lynnwood Human Services Commissioner
Commissioners understand community and human service work in City of Lynnwood (COL). They are providers or people that accept services. They use professional and lived experience to help Council and staff better understand our community needs. Commissioners act in an advisory role to inform Council and make recommendations to support their decisions. Human Services Commissioners amplify voices of community members with the most need.
What Commissioners Do
Commissioners meet once a month. Members may join a workgroup or participate in community engagement as opportunities arise. Regular meetings involve preparation and document review. Workgroup or community activity involves additional follow-up work. Commissioners are asked to an annual COL Joint Commission meeting and may also attend City Council meetings as needed to relay recommendations. HSC members work collaboratively and cohesively with City of Lynnwood community members and providers, employees, commissions, and neighboring cities.
What Commissioners Don’t Do
The Human Services Commission is an advisory body, not an oversight board. While having the capacity to make recommendations, it is out of scope to legislate policy or laws or have spending authority. The HSC can suggest or advise a city event, but not develop or coordinate one. HSC recommendations may receive serious consideration from City Council, but not all are accepted or enacted.
Why Commissioners Volunteer to Serve
Commissioners hope to create change by addressing the social and human service needs in Lynnwood’s community. For community betterment, Commissioners give voice to people’s experience that are not understood or are not part of the dialogue. Importantly, Commissioners provide a different perspective about what is impacting themselves and the people around them, advocating for funding and other resources identified as filling the gaps, respecting, and engaging underserved and underrepresented people in the South Snohomish County Region. Work results in improving the lives of family, friends, and people living in or visiting Lynnwood.
Five of seven Commissioners live within Lynnwood City Limits.
Who Are You? Some combination of...
Diverse in culture, education, ability…
Live within Lynnwood City Limits (5 of 7)
Knowledge and experience of social service systems
Respect, stewardship, active listening, willingness to learn
Commitment to understand inclusive bias