The Santa Monica Social Services Commission is seeking individuals interested in serving as commission members.

The commission, established in 1982, is charged with preserving and enhancing the quality of life in the community. The commission — through ongoing dialogue, outreach, education and advocacy — advises and assists the City Council and staff with needs assessment, priorities, planning, and budgetary implications for social service programs.

There is currently one vacancy on the commission.

Candidates should live or work in the City of Santa Monica and must be committed to improving the provision of social services through advocacy, education, and related efforts. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m., and the public is invited to participate in the meetings.

With a total of nine members, the commission recommends to the City Council policies to guide the provision of social services to residents of the city and reviews and comments on procedures developed by the city manager for the development of a comprehensive delivery system to provide social services.

The commission also recommends to the City Council specific social service programs necessary to serve the unmet needs of the residents of the city and reviews the city manager’s proposed budget for social services, as well as makes recommendations thereon to the City Council.

Another task is reviewing the continually evolving role of the city within the County of Los Angeles, and seeking to ensure that other regional entities are doing their fair share to achieve regional goals and objectives for social services.

Commissioners have just adopted a working long-term agenda for the Fiscal Year 2008-2009 that sets key goals, objectives and tasks aimed at improving the provision of social services in Santa Monica.

Application forms and information are accepted for vacancies on an ongoing basis in the City Clerk’s Office, Room 102, Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main St.

Citizens may request an application by mail by calling (310) 458-8211, or may apply through the city’s Web site, Only the candidates appointed will be notified.