National Volunteer Week: Why Do You Volunteer for the CAS?

Volunteer WeekAs the United States celebrates National Volunteer Week, CAS president Steve Lowe gave a heartfelt thank you to all CAS volunteers for giving their time and efforts around the world.  I would like to join Steve in thanking CAS volunteers for your enthusiastic service to the Society.

Since joining the CAS staff in 2010, I have had the opportunity to work with many of you.  From the onset I have been impressed by the passion CAS members have for volunteerism, whether one is a new or experienced member.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015 the national volunteer rate declined 0.4 percentage points to 24.9 percent. But CAS members go above and beyond the national average, volunteering at a rate consistently around 33 percent. CAS volunteers participate for numerous reasons, whether it is influencing daily CAS operations or the exam process, or networking and meeting other CAS members.

This leads me to ask: why do you enjoy volunteering, and why are you motivated to give your valuable time back to the CAS? What CAS committees interest you? Are there volunteering areas the CAS has not explored? Let us know in the comments below!


About Matt Caruso

Matt Caruso is the Membership and Volunteer Manager for the Casualty Actuarial Society.

3 Responses to National Volunteer Week: Why Do You Volunteer for the CAS?

  1. avatar Olivia says:

    Matt, the reason I volunteer is because you have done a great job selling these different opportunities to me. And what you said was all true. The other volunteers are all very pleasant to work with. The work is fun and interesting. It doesn’t take as much time as I feared. It’s been a great experience for me.

  2. avatar Becca says:

    I love volunteering for the CAS! It’s a great opportunity to get to know other members. I look forward to seeing and talking with them in person at the CAS meetings and seminars, allowing the CAS to feel more like a “family” than just a group with which I’m acquainted. Volunteering also gives me a chance to help make the CAS better for all of the current and future members. I would highly recommend it!

  3. avatar Katey says:

    Volunteering with the CAS is a great way to stay connected with peers and define the future path of the CAS. Matt and the staff at the CAS do a great job of bringing together the thousands of volunteers and keeping the committees working towards their goals.

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