February 14th is more than St. Valentine's Day this year. It's also the deadline to apply for Brooklyn Community Boards. Attend board meetings once a month, and put in time and effort on committees (where most of the work gets done) for little recognition and no pay! Yeah!
Seriously, though, if you are interested in community issues and want to affect positive change, this just might be your way in. Check it out here, and maybe one day you'll be running for president and your opponent's running mate can poke fun at your community organizing experience. Who knows?
Here's the information about membership on a CB:
Community Boards are local representative bodies. There are 18 throughout Brooklyn . Each Board consists of up to 50 unsalaried members appointed by the Borough President, with half nominated by the City Council Members who represent the community district. Board members are selected by the Borough Presidents from among active, involved people of each community, with an effort made to assure that every neighborhood is represented. Board members must reside, work or have some other significant interest in the community