Why I, as current government contractor employee and retired federal employee, feel compelled to do community service. By Bob Price.
CPA I had a long and extremely satisfying career; first as a retired 41+ year federal employee and presently as a federal contractor. While I have not worked very long as a contractor, I have had some very rewarding moments. During my years with the federal service, I gave thanks everyday for the job I had. I received good pay and benefits and was challenged every day with demanding work requirements. In my limited time with the contract community, I have continued to give thanks and to see opportunity for service. In all my work career, federal service and contractor, a key word has been “service”.
This has also been a key word in my life as a Christian. My work career and my Christian life have always been comingled and I think of both as needing a 24/7 commitment. At work, my mission has not been oriented to return a profit but to provide service to the public and to do so in a manner morally and ethically proper and that meet or exceed expectations and in as cost effective and efficient as possible. I have made a good living off public funding all my adult life and want to provide back in a manner that demonstrates my appreciation for the quality of life that I enjoy and the trust placed in me. I want the public to believe they have made a good investment in me. I have always attempted to payback by being a dedicated employee and also doing community service.
My commitment to the public does not stop at the end of the normal work day. Throughout my career in response to opportunity to serve, I have taken the time to work with the public education system by serving as PTA President, Vice-President and room parent. I worked on the governor’s better schools commission. I coached little league baseball for 20+ years, I coached basketball for 15+ years, I served as the youth director at our church, my wife and I hosted refugees from the Kosova war, we cook for church youth and missions work, and go on foreign mission trips. I taught as an adjunct professor for 20+ years at a local community college that is oriented toward assisting the community in assisting people build better careers and local disadvantaged young people get started in college.
In summary, when the bulk of your income is based on public funding, you ought to feel the need to demonstrate your appreciation. Support your job, community, family and friends but don’t just give money but give of yourself. A view I hold is that when your career and life are over, your success or failure will not be judged on material possession but on the service provided in a moral, ethical and charitable manner and the impact it had on your co-workers, the recipients of our service, and your family, friends and community. This last statement is true for everyone but probably should have a sharper focus for those hosted by the public.
I asked my friend and colleague, Bob Price to discuss to me the most important aspect of being a federal contractor and that is a commitment to service. I am proud to support our great country while providing career opportunities and generating resources to help my family and community and his comments are exemplary of what we should all feel as federal contractors and the rewards are priceless. Hubert Glover