Get Involved in Vestavia Hills!

There are many volunteer opportunities for Vestavia Hills residents to get involved in the community. Volunteering is a rewarding way to serve your city, meet new people, discover new interests, have fun and learn something new. We hope you will invest in your community by volunteering your time and talents!


Current Vacancies

Applications are being accepted for four (4) upcoming vacancies on the Design Review Board (DRB). The purpose of DRB is to assure compatibility and quality in the design of certain development types in order to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the City. It is the intent of the DRB to:
– Promote the general welfare of the citizens of Vestavia Hills by ensuring that proposed sites, buildings and landscaping enhance the environment and design of the City.
– Assure pleasing, environmentally-friendly development that supports the economic viability of the community.
– Protect and enhance the value of properties in Vestavia Hills.
– Ensure that new development is in accordance with the City of Vestavia Hills Comprehensive Plan.

DRB members are nominated by the Mayor and appointed by the City Council to serve a three-year term. Interested candidates should provide a letter of interest and resume to the Mayor’s office via mail (City of Vestavia Hills, Attention: Joanie Alfano, 1032 Montgomery Highway, 35216) or email (jalfano@vhal.org). The deadline to apply is Monday, December 5, 2022 at 5pm CST. For more information, visit https://vhal.org/design-review-board.


Appointed Boards, Committees & Commissions

Beautification Boardhttps://vhal.org/beautification-board
2-year terms; Chair is Mayor appointed
Meets monthly, September through May, on the 3rd Monday at 9:30am at Vestavia Hills City Hall

Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) | https://vhal.org/bjcta
1 appointed member; 4-year terms; Mayor appointed
Meets monthly on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday, plus “called meetings”

Board of Educationhttps://vhal.org/board-of-education
5 members; 5-year terms; Council appointed
Meets monthly on the last Monday at 4pm at Vestavia Hills Board of Education

Board of Zoning Adjustmenthttps://vhal.org/board-of-zoning-adjustment
5 members; 2 alternates; 3-year terms; Mayor appointed
Meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday at 6pm at Vestavia Hills City Hall

Design Review Boardhttps://vhal.org/design-review-board
7 members; 3-year terms; Council appointed
Meets monthly on the 1st Thursday at 6pm at Vestavia Hills City Hall

Library Board of Trusteeshttps://vhal.org/library-board
5 members; 4-year terms; Council appointed
Typically meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday at 4pm at the Library in the Forest

Parks and Recreation Boardhttps://vhal.org/parks-recreation-board
No less than 3 members; 5-year terms; Council appointed
Meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 7:30am at Vestavia Hills City Hall

Planning and Zoning Commissionhttps://vhal.org/planning-zoning-commission
9 members; 6-year terms; Mayor appointed
Meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday at 6pm; work Sessions (as needed) on the Wednesday preceding the meeting at 5pm at Vestavia Hills City Hall

Tree Commission
Mayor appointed
Anyone interested in serving on the Tree Commission should contact the Mayor’s office at 205.978.0100 or administration@vhal.org.


Elected Officials & Meetings

Mayor & City Council. The City of Vestavia Hills has a Council-Manager form of government. Members are elected at-large and serve 4-year terms with the Mayor presiding over the City Council. Interested in running for municipal office? Visit www.AlabamaVotes.gov or contact the Alabama Secretary of State at 800.274.8683. Additional information is also available by visiting the Alabama League of Municipalities at www.alalm.org and searching “Municipal Election Information.”

City Council Meetings. Regular meetings of the Vestavia Hills City Council are typically held monthly at 6pm on the 2nd and 4th Monday at City Hall. To be added to the agenda distribution email list, contact the City Clerk at rleavings@vhal.org or 205.978.0131.

City Council Work Sessions. Council work sessions are typically held monthly at 6pm on the 3rd Monday at City Hall. The Mayor, City Council and invited presenters meet to gather and discuss information about pending City business prior to action in the regular Council meetings. Work sessions are open to the public, but comment may only be made at the invitation of the Mayor.


Community Groups, Boards & Clubs

C.E.R.T. Emergency Training. Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) is offered to the community by the Vestavia Hills Fire Department. C.E.R.T. training teaches participants how to prepare homes and families for the critical period following a disaster. Classes are typically offered quarterly. For more information, visit www.vhal.org/departments/fire-department/cert or call 205.978.0225.

Chamber of Commerce. The mission of the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce is to promote and improve the economic, civic, education and general business conditions of its members and the Vestavia Hills community, and to work with other organizations in these endeavors in a non-partisan manner. For more information or to join the Chamber, visit www.vestaviahills.org.

Civitan Club. The Vestavia Hills Civitan Club is a local volunteer organization that is focused on providing outreach, fundraising and services to meet area needs. For more information, visit https://vestaviacivitan.org.

Flag Foundation. The Flag Foundation sponsors the Vestavia Hills Avenue of Flags, located in the medians along U.S. Highway 31, Columbiana Road, Cahaba Heights business district and Liberty Parkway. The group also assists residents with old flags in need of disposal.

Friends of the Library. Friends of the Library are individuals committed to supporting the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest through volunteer and monetary supp ort. New members are accepted throughout the year. For more information or to join the Friends, visit www.vestavialibrary.org/friends-of-the-library.

Garden Club. The Vestavia Garden Club (established 1949) owns the Sibyl Temple monument on U.S. Highway 31 near Shades Crest Road. Members of the Vestavia Garden Club, along with members of the Sibyl Temple Foundation volunteer to maintain the Temple grounds. New members are nominated annually by existing members and most activities take place September through May.

Help the Hills. The Help the Hills Coalition is a community group with a united mission: ending the use and abuse of harmful substances among youth in Vestavia Hills and to promote healthy living. Our partners work together through collaboration among schools, parents, and the community at large to raise awareness of dangerous substances, educate youth on making positive, healthy decisions, and offer resources for parents who are seeking help for their children. Together, the Help the Hills Coalition is working for a drug-free Vestavia Hills. For more information, visit https://www.helpthehills.org.

Historical Society. The Vestavia Hills Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of our City. The Historical Society meets quarterly at the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest and presents interesting speakers on local and state history and points of interest. For more information or to join the Historical Society, contact Shelia Bruce at 205.979.1356 or sbruce8710@gmail.com.

Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis Club of Vestavia Hills is a service club that will be launched in 2022! Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Interested in joining? Visit https://www.facebook.com/VestaviaKiwanis.

Leadership Vestavia Hills. Persons interested in leadership roles in Vestavia Hills meet to learn about various aspects of the community such as its government, economy and school system. Participants are nominated to apply by existing members and class meets monthly, September through April. For more information, visit www.leadershipvestaviahills.com.

Library Foundation & Junior Board. Membership to the Vestavia Hills Library Foundation or Foundation Junior Board is by invitation. For more information, contact the VHLF Executive Director at 205.978.4632 or foundation@libraryintheforest.org or visit www.vhlibraryfoundation.org.

Men’s Garden Club. The Men’s Garden Club keeps the Men’s Garden Corner on Shades Crest Road opposite Sibyl Temple. This small park is open to visitors and includes a short walking path and benches.

Parks and Recreation Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to strengthen the Vestavia Hills community through investments in parks and recreational activities for people of all ages by investing time and resources into community parks, green spaces and the environment. For more information on how to become a member of this Foundation, visit www.vhprf.org.

Parks and Recreation Programs. If you are interested in volunteering as a coach, sports board member, etc. for the various athletic programs offered through Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation, contact the board for the particular sport where you would like to volunteer. Visit https://vhparksandrec.com/athletics-2 for a list of sports boards and their websites or call 205.978.0166 for assistance. (Individual sports boards operate under the governance of the Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation Board.)

Rotary International. Vestavia Hills hosts two of these civic clubs: Rotary Club and Sunrise Rotary Club. Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers in 35,000 clubs and 135 countries who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. For more information, visit https://vestaviarotary.org or https://www.vestaviasunriserotary.net.

Senior Citizens Association. This group of Vestavia Hills senior citizens meets monthly for lunch and entertainment, typically the second Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Ruby Denson at 205.822.8788.

Senior Transportation. Volunteer drivers use a City car to take Vestavia Hills residents to doctor’s offices in the Birmingham area and errands within Vestavia Hills. Volunteers meet every other month to coordinate the driver schedule and usually drive once or twice per month, Tuesday through Friday. For more information or to volunteer, contact Parks and Recreations at 205.978.0166.

Sibyl Temple Foundation. The mission of the Sibyl Temple Foundation is to raise funds to preserve and maintain the Temple and its grounds and facilities. Members of the Sibyl Temple Foundation volunteer alongside the Vestavia Garden Club. For more information about donating or becoming a member of the Sibyl Temple Foundation, email sibylbricks@gmail.com.


City Schools

Board of Education. Vestavia Hills City Schools is renowned for excellence, with its schools, programs and students receiving state and national recognition. Vestavia Hills City Schools is separate from the City government and the Board of Education is its governing body. When there is a vacancy, applications are available at the City Clerk’s office in March with appointments made in April. For more information, visit https://www.vestavia.k12.al.us or https://vhal.org/board-of-education.

City Schools Foundation. The Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation (VHCSF) is the fund-raising arm of the Vestavia Hills City Schools system. For more information, visit www.vestaviafoundation.org.

Parent Teacher Organization. For more information, including volunteer needs, call or visit the website for the school in which you are interested in volunteering. The contact information for all Vestavia Hills City Schools can be found at www.vestavia.k12.al.us.