Volunteerism Strengthens the Heart Failure Society of America
We’ve all heard the statement “strength in numbers.” That message applies to the Heart Failure Society of America, as well. Membership brings rewards in terms of leadership, education, community, and culture. As a member, you directly and indirectly support our vision and mission and have an opportunity to have your voice heard via volunteerism.
Volunteerism is a powerful way to give back to organizations you care about. At the Heart Failure Society of America, member volunteerism is an important way to show that you care about organization activities and the organization’s livelihood.
We are thrilled to share that this year we had over 170 member requests to participate on committees, serve on the Board of Directors or serve as an officer of the association. Your commitment to the Heart Failure Society of America is a wonderful asset that we do not take lightly.
Your volunteerism sends a message that you care about what we are doing and want to have a say in the future work of the organization. And, we want to hear your voice and learn from your expertise and interests. Although we do not have open slots for every person who volunteers to serve, we are on a growth spurt and hope to be able to call on you during the year to assist in special projects or on task force work.
For those of you who have considered volunteering but have not taken action, know that there are many benefits of volunteering. There is so much to learn from the experts within our organization. You bring resources that the organization can learn from and use. In addition, being part of the discussion can provide new perspectives that broaden your understanding of national and local issues. Other benefits are gaining real-world collegial relationships and leadership experiences, learning new skills, sharing your innovative spirit, and strengthening the quality of organization services to meet your needs and create new opportunities. Ultimately, your time and effort are an investment that supports the Heart Failure Society of America in its work and meets your desire to commit to your professional society.
We appreciate the time you give to the Heart Failure Society of America and your desire to support our efforts. If you previously responded to the call for volunteers and were not selected, please continue to apply. During the year, we ask members who responded to the call for volunteers to support opportunities that emerge. You may be the perfect match!
The Board of Directors is in the process of making decisions about the Board, officers, committee chairs, and committee member for the 2021-2022 volunteer cycle. The Board is focusing on committee diversity as they complete their work—with considerations based on professional job roles, career level, sex, race, and geographic location. Bringing new and diverse voices to the decisions and work of our organization will lead to more volunteer involvement, better decisions and higher quality work that will benefit the members of HFSA and the heart failure field.
Nancy M. Albert, PhD, CCNS, FHFSA
HFSA President 2020-2021