vol-uh n-teer-iz-uh m
volunteerism (def 2).
the policy or practice of volunteering one’s time or talents for charitable,
educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially in one’s community.
This time of year, when new leadership is sworn
in for the State Association, I am always struck by
the dedication of the members that have agreed to
give of their time for the benefit of all our members.
Lucille Ball once noted “If you want something done,
ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do,
the more you can do!” and author Elizabeth Andrew
noted, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time,
they just have the heart.”
Our State Association, as well as our local
associations, have been blessed with very busy
people that take time away from their businesses and
families and work to further the goals of our industry.
Their efforts, in cooperation with our associates
and suppliers, insure the continued production of
safe and affordable housing in the commonwealth.
This is accomplished even in the face of wellintentioned
lawmakers that sometime fail to see
the consequences of actions of their proposals to
regulate and define our industry. Beyond all the basics
of building membership or keeping board minutes,
beyond the bylaws and the management of events
great associations can mobilize exceptional volunteer
talent to build a stronger more effective climate for
the business of all members.
According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics 25.3%
of the U.S. population volunteers in some capacity
and the median hours spent volunteering was 52 and
that’s a lot of time!
FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
So, why do people volunteer? Winston Churchill
summed it up succinctly when he stated. “We make
our living by what we do. We make a life by what we
give.” The altruistic among us volunteer simply to help
others. They know they are helping our industry and
furthering a mission they care about. Others may
volunteer to try a new role or develop a new skill.
Other reasons include making business connections
or friends in the industry, building out a resume by
gaining experience and taking on a leadership role
and building a business profile or simply the desire
to be a part of something bigger. Regardless of one’s
objective, becoming involved in any organization
is about developing meaningful relationships
from which you will learn and hopefully grow your
character and your business.
So hats off to those of you that serve in leadership
positions, serve on committees and boards of directors
as well as those who have stepped up to testify on
Beacon Hill, write and review newsletters, review
legislation and codes, solicit members and care about
making a difference. If you are not engaged and want
to be, just let me know.
THANK YOU TO
Joe Landers is the Executive Officer of the HBRAMA. He has had a successful career as both a site builder and a manufacturer
of modular and panelized building components.