Volunteering – A Benefit to Us All

April 1, 2016
ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith

“We each have the power to strengthen the fabric of our society and make the world a better place.”

-President Barack Obama

One of the pillars of ASCE is volunteerism. ASCE is led by volunteer members across the country – from Younger Member leaders to Section and Branch leaders, to an Institute board, to the President and Board of Direction. These volunteer members donate their time and talent to help advance the civil engineering profession and make the world a better place.

Every year the United States recognizes Volunteer Week. Last year President Obama proclaimed that we will celebrate Volunteer Week to “recognize those who embrace a life of active, energetic, and engaged citizenship, and we reaffirm our belief that all people have something to contribute to the American story.” This year, National Volunteers Week is April 10-16, and I encourage you to find a cause you are passionate for and volunteer.

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Volunteering can bring you a sense of fulfillment – it is good for the mind, body, and soul. It can also help advance your career and develop valuable job skills that you use in the workplace every day, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, and organization. And best of all, you can make new friends while making a difference.

To help you find ways to volunteer at ASCE, we offer a volunteer opportunities page under any of the navigation tabs on ASCE’s website, including for example Membership & Communities. It serves as a central location where you can find volunteer opportunities that fit your interests, skills, experience, and schedules. Whether you want to serve as a continuing education instructor or become an ASCE Key Contact, there is an opportunity that could use your unique skillset. The page lists all available volunteer opportunities from one-time events to long-term volunteering opportunities and filters opportunities by type and timeliness.
Our volunteer leaders are the backbone of ASCE. They strengthen our organization from growing and retaining members to extending the resources and network of our capabilities. Through this network of volunteering we can achieve anything we set out to do.




In case you missed them, here are some other exciting developments around the ASCE community:

2016 Innovation Contest names 15 potentially transformative proposals
Our first Innovation Contest has selected 15 winning proposals that offer the potential to transform infrastructure. These great ideas span everything from novel uses for drones to sustainable pipeline repairs in areas including innovative business models, the Internet of Things, green engineering, and resilience. In the coming months, industry leaders from Walt Disney Imagineering, Hatch Mott MacDonald, KCI Technologies Inc., and Pennoni will host the winners for special events. The contest is a part of the Society’s Grand Challenge strategic initiative to reduce life-cycle costs.

Acquire skills with our new Guided Online Courses, beginning April 4
The newest way to learn, our Guided Online Courses are highly interactive, 12-week multimedia learning experiences taught by instructors who will lead you and an online class of your peers. The first two courses, starting Monday, April 4, cover earthquake resilience based on ASCE 7, and drinking water treatment technologies. Earthquake Engineering for Structures co-instructor Finley Charney says he’s looking forward to teaching in a way that “really makes it accessible to people.” Each weekly module can be worked on at the learner’s convenience from any device. Watch a video on how Guided Online Courses help you master a subject, then register today.

Younger Member video aims to persuade students and non-member peers of ASCE’s advantages
“You meet a lot of different people with a lot of different backgrounds and broaden your horizons” through membership in ASCE, and in a new video, Younger Members like Mark Egger of the Nebraska Section talk about why belonging to the Society has been an advantage in their careers. “Everything I enjoy the most revolves around ASCE,” said Trey Triplett of the Mississippi Section. Watch and share “Stay Connected with ASCE” on our website or on YouTube.

Worked on a project with an emphasis on sustainability? Submit it for our award
ASCE’s annual Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award honors great examples of projects that advance sustainability principles and practices, such as 2015’s winner, the ecosystem restoration of Poplar Island in the Chesapeake Bay. If you’ve worked on or know of such a project that would inspire further applications of and innovations in sustainability, submit them for consideration for the 2016 award. See the criteria and get a nomination form.

Being ‘smart about sustainability’ is profitable, consultant says
Bob Willard is more than a believer in sustainability, for years he’s successfully advised businesses on how shifting to sustainability is not only socially responsible, it’s actually profitable. In the latest edition of the video series ASCE Interchange, the creator of the program Sustainability Advantage explains the shift in mindset needed for sustainability’s adoption.

Join many of our energy-oriented members at the Offshore Technology Conference
Since 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference has been the premier gathering of energy professionals who work in the world of offshore resources and related environmental matters. Be among the 90,000 pros from more than 120 countries who are coming to Houston May 2-5. ASCE is one of 13 OTC sponsor societies. Join the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute at the conference for the annual ASCE OTC Hall of Fame Gala, honoring trailblazing papers presented at past OTCs. A number of other ASCE Institutes will be staging conferences this spring; check our schedule.

Enjoy life knowing you’ve ensured your family’s financial security
One third of Americans believe it would take just one month to feel the financial impact of losing a primary wage earner. Make sure your loved ones are covered should something unexpectedly happen to you. Apply for ASCE 10-Year Level Term Life Insurance by calling 800-469-3582, or visiting asceinsurance.com. As an ASCE member, you’ll save money with affordable rates and access to benefit amounts ranging from $100,000 to $2 million. Help protect your family’s financial security.

Get a quick video recap of what’s happening around the Society with Now@ASCE
View highlights of the recent Sustainability Summit, National Engineers Week, the Dream Big movie contest top prize winner, the candidates for ASCE president-elect, plus get career advice and more in under 5 minutes. The new, fast-paced Now@ASCE will get you get caught up on major Society events, actions and other activities of recent weeks. Watch Now@ASCE.

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