Community Boards

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Community Boards
  • Country: USA
  • City: San Francisco
  • Type of organization: Non-profit Corporation
  • Date of creation: 1976
  • Interests: Mediation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: All kinds of Disputes

[edit] Description

As a grassroots community justice program, Community Boards continues to be a leader in community mediation and conflict resolution education. Community Boards provides a range of low-cost, competitively priced mediation, facilitation and training services. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, Community Boards encourages donations in any amount from the people and the communities they serve and are very grateful for all support.

[edit] Quote

"San Francisco Community Boards is one of the most prominent examples of a form of community mediation deeply rooted in community life. Its ideology focuses on the capacity of popular justice to embody community power and to express community values. This vision has captured the attention of idealistic program developers, foundations, government policymakers, and countless eager volunteers. It has inspired numerous programs and training models."

[edit] Mission

The mission of Community Boards is to empower the communities and individuals of San Francisco with the strength, skills and resources needed to express and resolve conflicts peacefully and appropriately for their culture and environment.

Community Boards now operates the longest running no-cost neighborhood mediation program in the United States.

[edit] Origin

Community Boards:

  • founded in 1976 with the mission to provide the general public with an empowering, effective and free alternative for resolving their disputes;
  • developed a unique panel mediation model of teams of three mediators who work collaboratively to create a safe and confidential environment;
  • created a rewarding -- both personally and professionally -- avenue for concerned citizens to volunteer their time, energy and skills in helping others.
  • In 1982, introduced its Conflict Manager Program, a peer mediation model that is now one of the oldest programs in the United States.
  • Maintains an active pool of 150+ volunteer community mediators drawn from a pool of 400+ long-term mediators.
  • Serves 2000 San Francisco residents, nonprofits and businesses a year. Offers its dispute resolution services in English, Spanish and Cantonese.
  • Partners and collaborates with a broad array of social service agencies, public departments and community nonprofits.

Continues to develop and field test new programs and resources for public audiences, such as seniors, gang prevention and other high-risk populations.

Since 1976 Community Boards has...:

  • Trained 16,000 community members of all races and ages to be skilled volunteer mediators.
  • Staffed 8,500 conflict resolution panels with these trained volunteers.
  • Assisted 46,000 San Francisco residents in resolving their conflicts peacefully.
  • Facilitated more than 2,000 decision-making meetings for public and nonprofit agencies.
  • Provided peer mediation program development and training at more than 3,000 schools across the country.

[edit] Mediation Services

Community Boards provides San Francisco residents, consumers, neighborhood and condominium associations and businesses with no-cost and low-cost mediations that are an excellent and effective alternative to expensive and burdensome legal actions.

[edit] Training Services

Community Boards offers its regularly scheduled 40-hour Basics of Mediation for individuals interested in becoming mediators. Community Boards also offers customized on-site trainings that combine affordability, practical approaches and strategic techniques for managing a range of organizational conflicts.

[edit] Facilitation Services

Community Boards provides facilitation services for nonprofits, businesses and public agencies for addressing and resolving staff, departmental, organizational and civic disputes.

[edit] Peer Mediation

Community Boards is home to the internationally recognized Conflict Manager Program, a peer mediation model for schools, youth service agencies and juvenile correctional facilities Community Boards delivers customized on-site trainings. Community Boards also sells implementation and training guides for those wishing to start their own programs.

[edit] Public Support

Individuals, organizations and businesses can help Community Boards fulfill its peacemaking vision and mission in several ways. Volunteers are welcome both as community mediators and for office and program assistance. Community Boards accepts cash donations. All donations are tax deductible to full extent of the law.

[edit] Mediation for All San Francisco Residents

These are some of the problems Community Boards can assist: Neighbor pet problems; Parking issues; Noisy neighbors; Threats & Harassment; Family feuds; Roommate problems; Landlord & tenant disputes; Parent & child issues; Fences; Tree maintenance; Vandalism…

[edit] Low-Cost Mediations

Resolving disputes. Reaching settlements. Repairing relationships. Community Boards' low-cost mediation services provide mediators who are trained professionals with additional expertise in contract law, business practices, real estate, human resource development, divorce and family law.

These mediations are a confidential, collaborative process by which our mediators help all disputants to reach mutually agreeable solutions and quickly remunerated settlements.

For these services, Community Boards charges $150 per mediation hour. The final cost can be shared equally by all parties or calculated as part of the final resolution. Commonly, these mediation sessions run for approximately 2-3 hours.

Mediators can assist in these areas...

  • Commercial
  • Consumer/Merchant
  • Contractual
  • Partnerships
  • Financial Matters
  • Complex/Multi-party Disputes
  • Real Property
  • Tenancies in Common
  • Condo Associations By-Laws
  • Sales Agreements
  • Non-disclosure
  • Complex/Multi-party disputes
  • Family
  • Spousal/Child Support
  • Custody
  • Visitation
  • Property Settlements
  • Workplace
  • Manager/Employee
  • Employee/Employee
  • Customer Disputes
  • Harassment

[edit] Contact

3130 - 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 - USA

Phone: (415) 920-3820

Fax: (415) 626-0595

Email: dweide@communityboards.org

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