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What motivates you to volunteer?

  • 1.  What motivates you to volunteer?

    Posted 01-23-2020 07:54
    Volunteers are an integral part of ASCE! And even better, there are so many ways that you can volunteer, including but not limited to: volunteering for a STEM outreach or community service event with your local section, becoming a contributing author for your state's Infrastructure Report Card, or attending ASCE's Fly-in days to meet your local representative. My question to you all is "What motivates you to volunteer?"

    As I am highly involved in K-12 outreach in the Philadelphia area, the answer is easy for me: the students. Whether it is hearing that one of my students got accepted to their top choice college, won a scholarship, or even simply tell me that they had never heard of Engineering before they met me, the students I impact through my outreach make my efforts entirely worth it.

    Looking forward to hearing your reasons for why you volunteer!


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    Danielle Schroeder EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Associate Engineer
    Pennoni Associates
    Philadelphia PA
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  • 2.  RE: What motivates you to volunteer?

    Posted 01-24-2020 08:43
    Many ASCE members volunteer in different areas of their lives.  With the ASCE or some other organization or both.  But I think the reasons for volunteering would be similar no matter where they volunteer.  Surely different reasons for everyone.

    ​My reason for volunteering is to help make a community better for my children to live in.  By doing that, it helps make a better place for everyone.

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    Will Anglin P.E., M.ASCE
    Lexington KY
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  • 3.  RE: What motivates you to volunteer?

    Posted 01-29-2020 14:06
    Hi Danielle,

    I have a similar drive to volunteer for ASCE. I want to help students, but in my case, I want to help university and college students transition from school to a work lifestyle. I believe that a big portion of students graduating are not taking advantage of all the opportunities the university and organizations like ASCE can bring them. I kinda feel I have the duty to transmit the message to all the students that are not looking for help and to show them that ASCE and other organizations are looking at them for future leaders and that that the organizations are willing to help.

    I try to stay active with the university I attended and always talking to the ASCE student chapters when I can. Also participating in their ASCE student chapter activities.

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    Julian Valencia A.M.ASCE
    Project Engineer
    Houston, TX
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  • 4.  RE: What motivates you to volunteer?

    Posted 02-11-2020 08:31
    Hi Danielle,

    Speaking on the standpoint of engineering, I have just started volunteering when I joined Engineers Without Borders (EWB) lately. I have been making it at sessions and in other events by EWB where we look solutions for educational facilities improvement, flood risks mitigation, among others.

    In giving my time, I hope to contribute to the betterment of infrastructures and environmental conditions in underdeveloped regions where EWB works.

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    James Wang M.ASCE
    Senior Cost Estimator
    Turner & Townsend
    Shenzhen, China
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  • 5.  RE: What motivates you to volunteer?

    Posted 13 days ago
    As an ASCE member and a volunteer from my very 2nd year in college!

    I would say that I volunteer for the spirit. I really enjoy the time being with a team or with the people I am volunteering for.

    Also, it is always refreshing to create a network among who you meet every while and then and start even sharing events with volunteers who have the same interests.

    Earlier this February, I volunteered as a presentation judge with DiscoverE / Future City competition for 6,7 and 8 graders and as you said, they are the students who keep you going.

    A tip for all volunteers out there, always seek for sustainable activities that leave an impact on the short and on the long run. I was a project coordinator for planting trees campaign once and it is heart-whelming to see the results within two years plan! To plant a tree and to have it benefit others even if you are not the one caring for it.

    It is always about learning people how to fish instead of giving them fishes!!


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    Hala Abdo A.M.ASCE
    Centreville VA
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