Corporate Corner is a new series for the business community.
Debbie Knepke helps businesses engage in meaningful volunteer projects in the community and leads the Business Volunteer Council of Greater Milwaukee.
The Business Volunteer Council (BVC) is a coalition of companies that addresses business goals, community needs and employee interests through strategic volunteerism.
By Debbie Knepke, Corporate and Events Manager, Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee
When the snow melts, my first thought is HORRAY!! My second thought is how to clean things up.
Now is the time to pick up litter, clean up garden beds, plant seeds, build trails, weed and mulch. Who needs a better excuse to get out of the office? That’s right! Gather your co-workers and choose a date. Maybe a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. Or consider tying it to your monthly department meeting - meet in the morning, enjoy lunch together, then carpool to a local nature center for an afternoon. Work side-by-side preparing a garden while brainstorming new ideas following the morning meeting. A bit of fresh air is an excellent way to get the creative juices flowing. Simultaneously, you can learn about the nonprofit’s programs and other needs throughout the year.
If you cannot get away from the office during the week, pick a weekend in April or May. Invite family members or friends to participate. Get out in the sun, soak up some Vitamin D, and get a dose of giving back while beautifying your city. Feel pride in what your team can accomplish in a few short hours.
For a list of spring and Earth Day projects, visit www.VolunteerMilwaukee.org.
If your business is seeking a custom project, email Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org.