Because the more visible union carpenters are as the fabric of our communities, the more developers, elected officials, and other decision makers will understand that we deserve to work close to home for fair wages and benefits. By being more visible and engaged, we're not just building communities and highways, we're building our brand and showing our integrity and commitment to the public good. This will lead to a larger market share, more steady work, better contracts through collective bargaining, and solidify our place at the table.
There are a million other reasons to want to give back in our communities, too. You gain the experience of working with your Union brothers and sisters on projects in your neighborhood that directly benefit your neighbors. A project may inspire you to get more involved in local politics, or at schools, or the community library.
But it's not all about others. Volunteering helps you get a different perspective on yourself. You may be challenged in ways you would not have imagined. And you will feel accomplished in ways you may not be able to measure in words.