BVN Newsletter – Current

Note from the Chair

Did you miss our April 26th BVN Membership Meeting

Zendesk Receives 2016 United Way Community Volunteer Business Award

BVN is on Facebook

BVN Has A New Look!

Know Your BVN Member: Summit Credit Union

NEW & NOW: BVN Joins United Way Campaign Cabinet

2016 Officers & Executive Committee

Note from the Chair

By Pam Stampen, Chair, Nordic

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Dear BVN members,

Corporate Volunteering is a win:win:win scenario. It’s good for the community, good for the employees and good for companies.

It goes without saying that the focus on volunteerism is first and foremost to create better communities. But more and more employees . . . and prospective employees… are looking to their organizations to give back, and to allow them to give back, through their workplace. Organization leaders are also looking to strike the balance between being good corporate citizens and the stewards of their corporate bottom line.

Enter corporate volunteer programs. When companies have well-functioning volunteer programs, everyone thrives. More and more studies are becoming available to support this conclusion. Linked is one study to help make the case to begin, maintain and/or expand your corporate volunteer efforts.

BVN is another great local resource to help you effectively leverage your company’s interest in volunteerism. BVN offers: bi-monthly meetings with non-profits that share their focus and how they can leverage your volunteers; BVN sponsored volunteer efforts; a new role on the United Way Campaign Cabinet to introduce volunteerism to corporate leaders as part of their overall philanthropy strategy. So glad you have joined us in taking effective business volunteerism further.

Together . . . our impact is limitless.

Pam

Did you miss our April 26th BVN Membership Meeting?

By Char Lodl, Springs Window Fashions, LLC

You were missed but we are happy to do a recap for you!

Chairperson, Pam Stampen, reviewed our activities for the past several months including our successful Truax apartment project. Members who participated in the project recounted what a remarkable experience it was for their family and fellow workers. We are still looking for a number of donations including kitchen tables, lamps, storage totes etc. Click HERE for a complete list and information on how to donate new or gently used items.

We will be participating in the annual Day of Caring on August 16 and will once again sponsor a Job Readiness Fair for those entering the workforce. The fair will offer advice on interviewing skills, hair styling, clothes, etc. We will be looking for donation of time and talent. There will also be a donation drive for work clothes and personal hygiene items.

On behalf of BVN, Laura Gmeinder, Co-Marketing Chair, proudly presented Zendesk with the Business Volunteer Award at the annual Community Volunteer Awards held on April 20. Laura encouraged members to attend this annual event to hear wonderful and moving stories of the many volunteers in our area. Laura also gave an update on our Facebook page our marketing team is creating. See separate Facebook article. For those attending the SHRM conference on May 3 we will have a BVN booth.

We were pleased to have a panel present information on helping seniors and people with disabilities remain in their home. Each agency provided information on many volunteer opportunities. Check them out!

Click here to read full article.

Zendesk Receives 2016 United Way Community Volunteer Business Award

Sponsored by Business Volunteer Network

By Kathy Martinson, United Way of Dane County
On April 20, 74 nominees were recognized for their outstanding efforts to make Dane County a better place for all. They were honored at the 2016 United Way Community Volunteer Awards, held at Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club with 500 people in attendance. Eleven awards were presented to individuals, groups, businesses and organizations for having the greatest impact in our community.

BVN once again sponsored the Community Volunteer Business Award to recognize an outstanding local company that is dedicated to engaging their employees in volunteerism. And we were thrilled to present the award to Zendesk! Zendesk not only supports Madison-area nonprofits financially, but they also empower their employees to regularly volunteer. This year, Zendesk is setting a goal of giving 1,000 hours of service by at least 90% of their employees and they are committed to working with nonprofits that provide basic needs like food, clothing and shelter. Employees harvest local produce with Food Pantry Gardens, then sort and package that produce with Second Harvest Food Bank, and finally, volunteer with The River Food Pantry to distribute this food. Zendesk received $1,000, which will be donated to The River Food Pantry. The company is also involved with several other local nonprofits including the YWCA and Madison Public Library Foundation. They also recently developed a mobile app for United Way 2-1-1 so now people can access information on basic needs wherever they are! In addition to the $1,000 contribution, Zendesk will also receive a free 2016 BVN Membership. Congratulations and welcome to BVN Zendesk.

Click here to read full article.

BVN is on Facebook

By Laura Gmeinder, Laura Gmeinder Coaching & Consulting, LLC

We are LIVE! As part of our strategic initiative the Membership/Marketing Committee has been tasked with expanding BVN awareness to broaden our reach and impact in the community. After a membership wide social media survey in February it was clear you’d love for us to have a presence on Facebook. This strategy compliments our group page on LinkedIn.

How can I “LIKE” the BVN – Business Volunteer Network page on Facebook? Simply click HERE. Please like the page (and share with your co-workers and network).

What will I find? Check out a video recap of the Community Volunteer Award luncheon (featuring our very own Kathy Martinson), see pictures from our April 23 meeting and more. Going forward we will include our meetings so that you can easily share or invite a guest to join you. In addition, by expressing interest or indicating you are attending it will raise awareness of BVN with your network on Facebook.

How can I help? We would love to highlight your company in action or feature stories about volunteering and the larger impact- anything that would be inspirational or educational for our membership and the community at large. Please feel free to post anything to the page or send to Laura Gmeinder laura@lauragmeinder.com or Char Lodl char.lodl@springswindowfashions.com or Tom Ward tom.ward@unityhealth.com. And of course our Committee can always use more help! If you’d like to support the Facebook or LinkedIn presence reach out to anyone on the team.

When can I learn more? A formal launch and online tour will be held at our Community Conversation meeting on Tuesday, June 14 at 5pm at MG&E.

BVN Has A New Look!

By Tom Ward, Unity Health insurance

We are proud to release our new Business Volunteer Network logo. This fresh new look aligns with our updated vision, mission and strategic objectives. The new logo also enhances BVN’s brand recognition and identity. The old logo has been phased out and the updated logo will be utilized on our marketing materials, LinkedIn and our new Facebook Page. This makes for a great time to join our social media presence.

Know Your BVN Member: Summit Credit Union

by Char Lodl, Springs Window Fashions, LLC
Summit Credit Union Exemplifies Volunteerism in Our Community.

We are honored to have among our members Summit Credit Union. Their commitment to building a strong and thriving community was the reason they received the Outstanding Business Philanthropy Award by the Great Madison Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professions for 2015. In addition, the Boys and Girls Club nominated Summit for their STAR (Savings to Achieve Results) Credit Union, a program created and supported by Summit. It is the only youth chartered credit union in the world. The kids learn about and save money and are involved in running their own credit union.

Summit Credit Union employs approximately 440 in 34 locations in the Madison and Milwaukee areas. All employees are offered paid time off to volunteer each year. They can use those hours to volunteer with United Way agencies, Community Shares member non-profits or with local schools. Judy Stofflet, BVN member, organizes and promotes an average of four group projects each month. Opportunities to volunteer are available through the volunteer page on their intranet. Staff are welcome to choose their own projects as well. Involvement on community boards and committees are highly encouraged. They are committed to financial education programs such as Project Teen Money, FoolProof online learning and Red Shoes.

“Volunteering connects Summit staff to our communities and to our members in a way that nothing else can. It gives us first-hand knowledge of the needs that exist and provides us with a sense of ownership and pride when we see the change our hands-on involvement inspires.” – Jody Stolldorf

Summit Credit Union, thank you for all of your efforts to make Dane County a great place to live and work. And, thanks too for the inspiration!

NEW & NOW: BVN Joins United Way Campaign Cabinet

By Laura Gmeinder, Laura Gmeinder Coaching & Consulting, LLC

We are excited to announce BVN now has two representatives on the United Way Campaign Cabinet. Kristi Looze and Amy Thole, Executive committee members, have graciously volunteered to be our representatives. We are thrilled to have these positions added to the Cabinet, as it offers our members another professional development opportunity. It’s a great way for BVN members to build leadership skills and network with the larger United Way community.
These Cabinet positions represent a fantastic opportunity for BVN as we focus on raising awareness and expanding our reach. This inclusion will keep us in the loop on campaign initiatives. In addition, it will provide us with an opportunity to share our mission and allow us a voice if we need to advocate during the meetings to help bring BVN to the attention of other companies involved in the United Way campaign.
BVN is seen as a great “value add” of the United Way. Our group will be highlighted during campaign calls to new companies. BVN is a great way for companies to get involved in United Way initially and a great way to introduce BVN to longtime supporters. The companies who are currently involved with United Way may be looking for new opportunities for employee engagement throughout the year. BVN offers them education and networking opportunities.
Kristi and Amy will share Cabinet information in the newsletters and at our meetings in the months to come. Thank you, Kristi and Amy.

2016 Officers & Executive Committee

We welcome Chris Smithka from BlueTree Network to our Executive Committee! Chris is serving as an At-Large member. Click HERE for full list of our Executive Committee Members.