Get involved with the City of Hillsboro!
City of Hillsboro Public Engagement Statistics
Council Meetings per year:
at least 24
Number of city
Number of public open houses/input meetings per year: Dozens
City volunteers per year: around 4,500
Estimated yearly hours those volunteers provide:
Here in Hillsboro we take pride in having an open, entrepreneurial and cooperative approach toward serving the community. Success to us means working together, and we invite you to work with us to enhance this great place we all share.
Whether you want to learn about or weigh in on a current public project, help with an ivy pull to restore a local park, share your skills with us on a committee or board, or participate in one of many other opportunities to make Hillsboro an even better place, we want to hear from you!
For those many thousands of community members annually who give their time, energy and expertise to serve as a City of Hillsboro volunteer, we sincerely thank you. The people of this community make Hillsboro the exceptional place that it is!
Here are some of the many ways that you can get involved!
Apply to join a City Commission, Committee or BoardThe City of Hillsboro seeks volunteers to serve on our various standing boards, commissions and committees. These appointed positions are filled by Hillsboro community members who are interested in public decision-making and civic life. It is important that the whole community be represented. We strive to have membership represent the full range of diversity in our community.
Interested in applying for a position and sharing your experience and talents with the City? Check out our Commission, Committees & Boards webpage here for information and application forms.
Join the Hillsboro Civic Leadership Academy
Hillsboro's Civic Leadership Academy brings residents from all neighborhoods and backgrounds together to research a topic of community importance, share their perspectives, and make recommendations to City Council. Participants meet once a week for six weeks to discuss and research a community-focused topic and learn about civic leadership and local government.
Visit our Civic Leadership Academy page to learn more and apply.
From shelving library books to helping coach after-school sports, our volunteers are crucial to maintaining Hillsboro’s high quality of life. Whether you’re looking to meet new people, learn valuable skills, spruce up your resume or simply better your community, volunteering with the City of Hillsboro is a great way to reach your goals. Plus, Hillsboro’s wide variety of departments and public services accommodates all interests. For more information, visit our volunteer opportunities webpage.
Attend a Public Open House, Informational Meeting, or Feedback Forum
Public meetings, open houses, and forums are held periodically by various departments in order to hear your ideas for Hillsboro’s future. Meetings focus on projects ranging from community plans for specific areas of town to drawing up new recreational facilities.
Find upcoming public meetings and events on our Event Calendar.
Share Your Thoughts
- City website feedback forms You will find various issue-based online feedback forms throughout this site.
- Contact us Directly - Contact City staff, or reach out to our Mayor and City Council.
- Attend a City Council meeting - Community members also have the opportunity to speak to the City Council at every Council meeting during public comment time. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 7 pm - a time designed to give the most people access to Council meetings. View our Event Calendar to find upcoming City Council meeting dates.
- Happening in Hillsboro Email Updates– To keep current with timely news and event information from the City, sign up for Happening in Hillsboro, our free newsletter emailed to you every other week. Read past issues and subscribe to receive Happening in Hillsboro directly in your inbox here.
- City Views Newsletter - Community involvement opportunities and City happenings are outlined in City Views, Hillsboro’s print newsletter distributed to all Hillsboro addresses every two months. Look for announcements from the Mayor and City Council, as well as information about City projects and Hillsboro events. Read current and past issues of City Views.
- Follow @CityofHillsboro on Twitter to get timely updates on City and community news, events and important notices.
Please feel free to contact us! We're here to help.