So how has the community helped me? Well really everything I’ve done has been thanks to the community. Thanks to Wayne Snyder and Rick Heiges for really inspiring me to get into volunteering all those years ago in Orlando in 2004. That kick started my participation not only in my local community but nationally in the PASS Organization. It helped me to meet up with great friends Allen Kinsel and Thomas Larock as well they kept me wanting to continue to volunteer and help the community.
I have spent the last 8 years volunteering for the SQL community and doing my best to give back to the community. I figured the best way I could help with the post is to give you some ways you can start by getting involved in the community and helping out.
1. Find your Local SQL Server SLC User Group and ask if you can help organize a meeting. PASS Chapter List
2. Present locally, Find a topic you are passionate about and offer to present at the local chapter. Pass chapter List
3. Volunteer for PASS, You can find the volunteers page here to contact PASS.
4. Volunteer at a SQL Saturday, You can find the list here and contact the organizers.
5. Mentor a fellow Data professional. Even if this is just at your own office or a friend from another company getting together and helping others can get you started in the community.
6. Start your own SQL Chapter. If you are really adventurous and up for a challenge get started by starting a chapter. You can find more information at the Chapter link above.
These are all great ways you can get started in the community, so get out there and help out! Regardless of what you choose to do whether to help others or not you should get involved in some way you will be very thankful you did.