I think you’re just beginning to understand an HGRBS volunteer. But to go a bit farther, let’s consider a few more things, okay?
No Budget Constraints
Hopefully, it’ll suffice to say that an HGRBS volunteer isn’t tied down by budget limitations or constraints. That’s just to say his/her activity isn’t dictated or otherwise determined by the availability of funds.
How much does it really cost to share crucial information that can save a senior citizen, a family, or anyone from home maintenance and improvement fraud? All that’s required is the readiness, willingness, and ability to be of assistance to the neighbors.
The Big Question
On one of our recent local “Community Alert Campaigns” (which entail visiting and speaking with residents in different communities, local, and of those of the surrounding cities), a young lady was apparently baffled by the effort. She couldn’t comprehend how or why people would offer free advice, consultation, and support to private homeowners and homerenters. She couldn’t conceive of people doing this without there being some sort of fee.
I said the first thing which came to mind: “…because we believe in this like some people believe in religion..” No doubt, that wasn’t an ideal selection of words since, really, people don’t “believe” in religion, rather it’s religion which represents what people believe. But it seemed to do the trick. She was okay with the answer.
Financed from Within
Something else: an HGRBSvolunteer isn’t a fund-raiser. In other words, this person doesn’t solicit for money nor does he/she accept any as a condition for service. That’s the secret to HGRBS’ continuity and longevity. Whatever is needed comes from within rather than from without.
Each HGRBS volunteer has his/her own income from other sources and uses any percentage of it towards the mission of the network. There are no mandates for anyone to contribute a cent in this regard. It’s an individual prerogative.
When all is said and done, an HGRBS volunteer is a person so committed against home maintenance and improvement fraud in the U.S. that he/she is ready, willing, and able to say and do anything legally reasonable and timely to inform and to advocate for our private home residents. Each volunteer is an entity unto him/herself working together with others consistent with the mission of HGRBS.
Thanks for allowing me this moment to explain, although briefly, these few things. Perhaps, through this explanation you now have a fair understanding of an HGRBS volunteer.
It’s a wonderful life!
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*[This note entered September 25, 2013]
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