As I was thinking about the topic of this article, I originally thought about doing a year in review –snooze, boring, blah. Driving into work thoughts danced through my head like sugar plum fairies. As the holiday season approaches, I started thinking about how it is better to give than to receive, and the joy of the holiday season.
People often ask me what I do for a living, in actuality, I am a professional beggar. As your political affairs director, I ask you to give to the Friends of Housing Political Action Committee (FOH PAC). The FOH PAC is your voice in the political arena. I ask you to give so that candidates and legislators who support the residential construction industry can receive a contribution to their campaign.
By contributing (giving) to those who support you and your business, you receive representation in Lansing. Not one penny of your dues supports candidates, the support received by candidates is from voluntary contributions given to the Friends of Housing PAC by members of the Home Builders Association of Michigan.
If you would like to make a voluntary donation by giving to the Friends of Housing PAC, a personal donation can be made out to Friends of Housing PAC and mailed to 6427 Centurion, Ste. 100, Lansing, Michigan, 48917. A personal donation is given in the form of a personal check, a donation from a LLC, a Sole Proprietorship, or a Partnership. FOH PAC would love to receive a donation in the amount from each member of the HBA so we have the funds to give during the 2020 election cycle.
During 2019, we completing tore down and rebuilt our political program. In addition to the Friends of Housing PAC, we also have a corporate account named Home Builders Who Care (HBWC). HBWC is our issue advocacy account. This account can receive donations from companies who are incorporated. These funds will not be given to candidates or legislators, rather it will be used in a broader sense by using the media to thank a legislator for their support of our industry. If you would like to give a corporate donation, checks can be made out to Home Builders Who Care and mailed to 6427 Centurion, Ste. 100, Lansing, MI 48917.
Once we are able to help elect candidates, or help re-elect legislators, you will find Lee Schwartz and me asking legislators either to vote for, or vote against, a specific piece of legislation. In either case, we need 56, 20 and 1 votes to either pass or kill a piece of legislation. 56 votes in the state house, 20 votes in the state senate, and either the signing or vetoing by the governor. As those votes are given, our industry receives a more favorable regulatory or business climate. See, I am a professional beggar, it doesn’t begin and end with money.
Recently, you have received numerous emails from me as the executive director of the Skilled to Build Michigan Foundation, the 501 (c) (3) non-profit arm of the Home Builders Association of Michigan. Daily we work to build the awareness of good paying career opportunities in residential construction. We reach out to educators, students, veterans, and returning citizens to build relationships and grow our statewide network.
This past fall I have been asking you to give to our Billy the Builder Bear Builds a House campaign. The goal is to create awareness of the residential construction industry with 20,000 children around the state in grades Kindergarten through Third grade by reading the book, “Billy the Builder Bear Builds a House,” and giving each of them a copy of the book to take home.
This campaign has received almost $23,000.00 from individuals from around the state of Michigan. We are still a little short to achieve our goal, but I am confident through my continued begging we will reach our goal of raising $30,000.00.
As Skilled to Build Michigan Foundation continues to build momentum, and partnerships around the state, additional funding is needed to keep moving us forward. You may GIVE to Skilled to Build Michigan Foundation by sending your contribution to 6427 Centurion, Ste. 100, Lansing, MI 48917.
Interesting thing about giving. The more you give, the more you receive. It’s much like your membership in the HBA, you receive the more you give. l