It is important to note that this is not about me, but is about the amazing group that I have had the honor of being a part of for the last 20 years. Although some of the names have changed over the years, Johnson Controls dedication to IFSA and Camp “I Am Me” has remained strong. I thank them every chance I can for all the hard work they have done throughout the years.
I started in the fire and security industry 20 years ago and I remember someone suggesting that we attend this camp as a way to give back but also meet with local key people in the fire industry. I remember the first year driving home from camp exhausted but also with this feeling of such accomplishment that we were able to help those who needed it. I admit to being hooked from that day forward.
For 20 years, Johnson Controls and I have participated in camp’s Fun Fair and it is amazing to see how it has evolved over the years from just a couple of tents to a themed, multiple tent event that it is now. Now we are dressing up in costumes, managing multiple tents, multiple games, and thanks to some very special people, have enough prizes for the campers to remember that day with a smile.
The one thing I wish everyone knew about volunteering at camp is that YES, it is a lot of hard work and could require some additional time but the feeling that you will walk away at the end of camp, besides exhaustion, cannot be expressed in mere words.
To me, “live your best life” means giving back and making a difference to the people that need it the most. You may not thing that you have time, but trust me, you will find that balance between family, work, and all your other commitments and you will be a better person for it!