“Community Campaign – to me, it means just that: ‘Community.’ LaForce is a community; it is a coming together of employees who find it in their hearts to help out those less fortunate and to support a cause for the good of the people of Green Bay. It’s a chance to take pride in the company we work for, to know our company is involved and willing to work to make a difference.”
— Judi Schneider, Estimating Bid Assistant
“The LaForce Community campaign exposes me to charities I may have never heard of before. I know these charities are well researched and made our list because they are special to at least one of my coworkers. This makes giving a no brainer!”
— Kristi Dietz, Engineering Training Manager
These employees – and countless more – dedicate time and resources to charities every year. Whether it’s inside or outside of work, community involvement is one of LaForce’s core values. The annual Community Campaign is a testament to the company’s long-held dedication to giving back.
Over the past week, Green Bay employees have eaten, gambled, and pledged their way to a very successful fundraiser. A large portion of the annual charity drive comes from paycheck pledge forms, for which employees receive company-sponsored “thank yous” throughout the year, such as this year’s Breakfast Burrito Bar:
In addition, employees could dress in jeans all week – for a $5 donation – or sports apparel on Friday – for a $1 donation. A large number of team members were good sports about their casual wear, as seen in this picture:
Card games are a Wisconsin pastime, and the campaign committee capitalized on this interest by organizing a week-long poker game. Cards could be purchased for $1/each, and winning hands earned an automatic prize. Plenty of extra raffle tickets, candy, and LaForce gear were awarded in this “high-stakes” game! Oneida Casino in Green Bay generously donated the playing cards.
Monday afternoon was another opportunity for employees to donate money and test their luck. Two hundred grab bags sold for $1/each, along with $1/each for a bag of freshly popped popcorn. Participants took away treats, LaForce branded swag, and even gift cards from their grab bags. Jimmy Johns, Fazoli’s, Erbert and Gerbert and Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley gifted prizes for this event.
Generosity and creativity combined perfectly in the 17 employee and vendor donated raffle baskets. From “Adult Game Night” and “His and Hers Relaxation” to Harlem Globetrotter tickets and office supplies, many interests were represented in this year’s donations. By purchasing raffle tickets (40 tickets/$10 dollars), employees could pick their favorite prize in hopes of being the lucky winner. A second raffle, round-trip airfare for two, also generated many donations of $10/each.
Finally, two large meals bookended the week’s activities. Thursday, October 1 saw over 200 employees gathered for pizza. The donations for food and drinks went directly to the campaign. A breadstick eating spectacle also uncovered a new talent in the Accounting Department, as the following foursome walked away with top honors:
On Thursday, October 8, employees met up once again for food and fun. LaForce catered a healthy taco bar for which the $7/each donation went directly to the charities. During the meal, multiple prizes were raffled off, including donated items from Glass Nickel Pizza, Shell gas station, Hager, ASSA, Aloft Hotel, and Springhill Suites. The airfare raffle prizewinner was announced, and 17 lucky winners carted home the massive raffle basket prizes, too! Allegion, Complete Office, and Be’s Vending donated three of the baskets, and the other 14 were employee-generated.
All in all, the 2015 Community Campaign was a resounding success!
“When you give, you receive a feel-good transformation that puts a smile on your face.”
— Amy Vander Loop, SI Scheduling Manager
“The Community Campaign is a fun way for me to give money to local charities I otherwise would not think to donate to.”
— Aaron Guilette, Estimating Hardware Analyst/Pricer and Trainer