My son asked me the other day why I volunteer and what do I get from it?  He only volunteers to get his service hour for National Honor Society so it will look good on his college application. But why do I volunteer? Some of it is for my resume, but I also volunteer at my church, in my neighborhood, and other community service projects with family and friends which has no reflection on my job.  For me, most of it is for the feel good factor and helping others:

Helping the neighborhood with great social events so we feel connected to one another.  Helping people that need food and children at church become better adults.
Helping out my IFMA Chapter to support education opportunities and programs for our members.

All in all, I volunteer to improve society all around by the little stuff that I can do.  I can’t change the world, but I may be able to help a few, feed a few, bring a smile to a few, educate a few.  In the process, I am setting a good example for my kids and the people around me.

Volunteering your time is a great thing to do no matter what the reason it or who it is for.  There isn’t a cash bonus for volunteering, but there is allways a ‘Thank You’ and the bonus comes from the smiles and the good that you do for others.  So if you have a few hours on your hands and want to do something good, think about volunteering.

P.S. IFMA is always looking for volunteers, helpers with smiling faces and good ideas to help the support our Chapter.   Please contact me if you are interested in supporting the FM industry as it expands into the future.

Connie Drake, CFM

GTC of IFMA Chapter President 2016-2017