Donating blood. Supporting veterans. Doing home repairs through Rebuilding Together. Whatever the project, our members routinely give back to their communities. Not only does our service make life better for the individuals we help, it also makes our communities better places to live. Read about recent community projects on our blog.
In an effort to have a greater impact on the communities in which we live and work, the Council has decided to encourage its membership to focus on three main causes: Boy Scouts, Veterans and Council members.
These three areas are extremely important to the council:
- Boy Scout Councils across our six-state region offer many opportunities for carpenters to use their skills and promote youth interest in the trades. Opportunities to work with the Boy Scouts in your area are endless, but could include the repair of aging camps or working directly with youth to complete educational badges.
- Veterans Affairs facilities throughout our Council are in continuous need of volunteers and extra hands on deck. Many of our members are veterans and the Council wants to give back to those who have served our country. There are many ways to get involved to make an impact on veteran lives but could include transportation to appointments or even just lending an ear. Needs vary from location to location, but we encourage members to promote and utilize their carpentry skills if possible.
- Member-to-member volunteering is what brotherhood is all about. Members of our Union or their families (e.g. a spouse when the member is on active military duty) may need help with something, and large or small, the Council urges other members to take the lead. This will create strong ties with each other, making our Union stronger.
How do I get involved?
The Council wants to make it as easy as possible to connect with a cause or organization that is a good fit for you. In the column on the right side of the page, we have provided contact information for many of the Boy Scouts and Veteran Affairs offices in our council. Because needs might vary by location, we depend on you to take the next step of contacting your nearby office.
If you are a member in need of assistance, please fill out a Request for Assistance Form, also on the right-hand side of the page. You can submit via email to your Local Administrative Assistant, or visit your Local in person to fill one out. They will rally a group of your fellow Brothers and Sisters to help you with your needs.
If you already volunteer your time elsewhere, thank you! We understand that many of you already commit your time to church, coaching a baseball team, or working with another organization. We value the commitment you have to your community and hope you continue to do your good work. The three focus areas above are simply suggestions for those that need a push to start getting involved.
Remember to record any hours you spend giving back to you community. A form to report your hours is available at www.northcountrycarpenter.org in the “Members Only” section.
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