Vince MacNutt is a certified public accountant (CPA) who has been volunteering at Commonwealth Land Trust since September of 2012. The following interview was conducted by Holden Sparacino, a Northeastern University senior and development and communications intern at CLT.
Q: How long have you been volunteering with Commonwealth Land Trust?
A: Just over a year.
Q: What made you want to start volunteering and how did you get involved?
A: Working in real estate I have always seen that there is an extraordinary need for organizations that provide subsidized housing, and when I met [former CLT President & CEO] Ellen Tan at a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) volunteer fair and she explained to me the mission that Commonwealth Land Trust was undertaking, I immediately was drawn in and wanted to help. Organizations like Commonwealth Land Trust provide the vastly needed resource of providing housing to those who desperately need it. It only takes a quick walk around Boston or many other cities in Massachusetts to realize that we simply don’t have enough supportive housing for the most vulnerable members of our population. It is only with the help of organizations such as Commonwealth Land Trust that we can begin to work towards eliminating that problem.
Q: What projects have you worked on during your time with Commonwealth Land Trust? Is there a project that stands out to you?
A: I have worked mainly on finance and accounting related projects. The goal of most of which has been to both enhance and evaluate the financial strength of Commonwealth Land Trust. Some of the projects have been for the yearly audit process that Commonwealth Land Trust undergoes and some have been for internal use. The projects that stand out to me are the ones which involve changing or streamlining a particular process within Commonwealth Land Trust. These types of projects are especially rewarding because they allow me interact directly with the staff. The folks who work at Commonwealth Land Trust are some of the most dedicated and hardworking people I have had the pleasure of working with. It is really inspiring to work alongside people who are so passionate about what they do and who it is helping. They all realize that there is a far greater good in what their work accomplishes and they should be admired for that.
Q: Have you had any challenges during your projects?
A: The biggest challenge would probably be dealing with the constrained resources that an organization such as Commonwealth Land Trust operates under. It isn’t as though there is an abundance of available resources to complete a task, so often times it requires a little extra teamwork and dedication to get something accomplished. That, again, is why it is so crucial for an organization like Commonwealth Land Trust to have such dedicated and motivated leadership and staff.
Q: Is there anything about Commonwealth Land Trust that surprised you or was unexpected?
A: Just how impactful an organization like Commonwealth Land Trust can be on the lives of its residents. That impact can be in a multitude of ways. I remember being at the office around Christmas time last year and seeing all the toys they had collected for the children and thought how much their efforts must mean to the kids on the receiving end of those gifts. This is just one of many examples of how Commonwealth Land Trust goes above and beyond in order to fulfill its mission and support its residents and made me really proud to be a small part of something like that. It’s been just such a rewarding thing and it’s good to give back.