In thinking about my time as an EM NARI member, I have found that the opportunity to give back to the industry and to our community has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my involvement in the organization. From our community service projects, to our new initiatives working with schools and youth entering the industry, to our work as an organization that supports the growth of businesses and their employees – I’m so proud of our commitment to service at EM NARI.
As runners from around the world arrive ready to run this year’s Boston Marathon, I can’t help but remember the cold Saturday morning in November 2013 when dozens of EM NARI members – many with their kids in tow – took to the marathon route to plant daffodil bulbs to inspire the competitors along the way. Last year, we supported two community service projects. In June, over a dozen EM NARI member companies participated in Habitat for Humanity’s Builders Blitz – building two homes for deserving families in Lawrence in one week. And last Fall, led by New England Design and Construction, EM NARI members came together to make a profound impact on the life of a local child. In case you missed it, be sure to check out the story on our BLOG. In partnership with the Room to Dream Foundation, these members transformed the space of a child suffering from a chronic medical condition. The end results are a testament to the impressive work of our members – and to their generosity.
We are also wrapping up the first year of our school partnership program. This year we piloted the effort with Blackstone Valley Technical High School in Upton. The initiative, led by Bill Hardiman of Old New England Restoration, involved in-class presentations to students about the industry. This program also led to the launch of an additional scholarship program supported by our fund. Now, EM NARI offers a Trade Scholarship award for graduating seniors who will be entering the remodeling industry. Next month we will award this new scholarship, along with our EM NARI member scholarship at our May dinner. For next year, we hope to expand the Blackstone Valley partnership and extend the program to another local trade school. Giving back in a way that supports deserving youth who are considering a career in the industry is incredibly rewarding – and will no doubt reap rewards as these talented youngsters become our employees of tomorrow.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the opportunity to give back by volunteering directly for EM NARI. Our ability to make an impact on our industry – and our community – is directly tied to the commitment of so many volunteers. From work on one of our six committees, to targeted project-based efforts – there is an opportunity for everyone to get involved. We can continue to grow our impact with your help. Consider volunteering today!