ASAE & The Center Fellows Volunteer

How the group helped a local community.

ASAE & The Center Fellows Volunteer

At the annual ASAE & The Center Fellows Retreat in Miami in June, more than 25 leaders from the association community volunteered at a local homeless shelter, painting a hall and serving visitors in the kitchen.

Michelle Mason, CAE, managing director at the American Society for Quality and chair of the Fellows Community Service Task Force, says she hopes the Fellows' service project sets an example for the association community to follow.

"If we all, as associations, had a project when we enter a city, have a meeting, whatever the case may be—leaving a positive footprint on the community is socially responsible," she says.

The impact from even just a day of work from a small group of volunteers can be sizeable. Mason says one worker at Camillus House, the shelter where the Fellows volunteered, said the painting work that the Fellows completed would have taken three weeks with staff otherwise available.

"It's important for the Fellows to give back," says Mason. "They have been fortunate and blessed in their own careers. They're blessed to be leaders, and they want to give back."