The Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee

FEATURED CORPORATION: Robert W. Baird & Co.’s 2013 Baird Gives Back Week

More than 1,250 associates and family members from more than 55 Baird locations took part in this year’s Baird Gives Back Week, May 13-18. Associates donated a total of over 3,800 hours to approximately 100 nonprofit organizations across the United States, Europe and Asia. Baird Gives Back Week, first held in 2009, is an annual event that makes it easy and fun for associates to take time from work to volunteer together.

Volunteering in Milwaukee and Across the Globe

This year’s Baird Gives Back Week was a global affair, with associates sharing their time and talents with community organizations on three continents. In Milwaukee, associates and senior leaders participated in a number of events. At the United Community Center, they hosted a "Happy Hour" event, providing senior citizens with food and beverages and spent time with them by playing games and dancing. They also helped out the Hunger Task Force planting fruits and vegetables for those in need, and were a positive influence at the Junior Achievement Finance Park by introducing teens to personal finance and career exploration.

In London, associates teamed up to paint a vivid mural on the outdoor walls of a local school. Associates from Baird’s Scottsdale and Phoenix branches taught young students about financial literacy in a number of area schools. In Shanghai, associates painted colorful pictures with a group of students with cognitive disabilities. Associates in Cleveland volunteered at Camp Cheerful, an organization that gives children and adults with physical, developmental, medical and sensory disabilities the opportunity to enjoy typical camp activities in a barrier-free environment.

"Baird associates are passionate about making a difference in their communities, so there is tremendous support across the firm for Baird Gives Back Week," said Amy Nutter, Senior Public Relations Specialist and co-chair of Baird Gives Back Week. "This event is perfect for associates who haven’t had the opportunity to volunteer much but would like to do more, as well as those who are already deeply involved with particular charities or causes and would like to share that enthusiasm with others."

Baird has been a member of the Greater Milwaukee Business Volunteer Council (BVC) since 2006.

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The Corporate Program of the Volunteer Center supports, promotes
and increases employee volunteerism in Greater Milwaukee.


Core Principles of Corporate Volunteerism
 How the Volunteer Center Supports Corporate Volunteerism
What a Corporate Member Receives

 Acknowledge that the company’s community service and its employee volunteer efforts contribute to the achievement of its business goals.
Provide one-on-one consultations, networking opportunities and promotion of employee volunteer efforts.
Invitations to attend Business Volunteer Council Networking Sessions , and inclusion in the Volunteer Center’s Report on Corporate Volunteerism in Greater Milwaukee.

 Commit to establish, support and promote an employee volunteer program that encourages volunteerism, and treat it as a core business function.
Provide the tools to establish, support and promote an employee volunteer program. The Corporate Volunteerism Handbook, a guide to implement, evaluate, and strengthen an employee volunteer team.
Target community service efforts toward serious social problems in the community. Provide accessible, meaningful and convenient volunteer opportunities that address critical needs in Greater Milwaukee.
 The annual Corporate Project Book, which offers
a full year-long listing of one-time group volunteer events and working one-on-one for individualized volunteer needs.

 The Corporate Program is supported by the generous donations of area businesses who share the belief that community service, social consciousness and good corporate citizenship make for stronger employees, stronger businesses and stronger communities.  

The Volunteer Center is the one-stop resource for corporate volunteerism.

Learn about Corporate Team Volunteering, and the Greater Milwaukee Business Volunteer Council.

To become a corporate member please see Membership Form for membership packages. Print the form and return it with your membership fee to:

Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee, Inc., a service of the Non Profit Center
Attn: Debbie Knepke, Corporate & Events Manager
2819 W. Highland Blvd.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin  53208-3217
Phone: (414) 344-3933

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