Board of Directors

The Valley Opportunity Council's Board of Directors
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The Valley Opportunity Council is overseen by a Board of Directors.  It is comprised of no more than 18 members.  To promote equitable representation, members come from both Holyoke and Chicopee. They are comprised the following way:

  • Six of the members are appointed by the Holyoke and Chicopee Mayors, 3 from each city.  They remain in office until replaced.
  • Six more are appointed from private companies or organizations.  Their terms are indefinite. Again, 3 from each city are selected.
  • The next six members are elected by the people we serve. Their terms expire every three years.


The Board of Directors are responsible for the following:

  • Appoint the Executive Director and evaluate his/her performance on a yearly basis;
  • Determine major personnel, organization, fiscal, and program policies;
  • Determine overall program plans and priorities, including evaluation against progress;
  • Make final approval of all program proposals and budgets, including the Agency-wide budget;
  • Enforces compliance with all conditions of funding source grants;
  • Oversees the extent and the quality of hte participation of the poor in the programs;
  • Determines, subject to funding source policies, rules and procedures for the BOD;
  • Selects officers of the BOD; and
  • Conducts an annual self-assessment in order to strengthen participation and productivity.

The Board of Directors meets every third Thursday of the month alternating between these two offices:

300 High Street
Holyoke, MA


35 Mt. Carmel Ave
Chicopee, MA


You are more than welcome to attend any of our meetings!