The employees at Amigo Mobility outdid themselves again this year! United Way and READ Association presented to their staff and two Amigo volunteers spoke about why they support United Way and volunteer in the community. In addition to their employee contributions, Amigo had a special event when employees could wear jeans and either MSU or U of M attire for the day before the rivalry game if they donated $3 to United Way.
We could not ask all of our dedicated companies to run employee campaigns without running one ourselves. This year our internal campaign was coordinated by our newest staff member, Kimberly German. Kimberly researched the best practices lists, surveyed some of our campaign coordinators and came up with some fun internal campaign ideas. Our office was divided into two teams based on ages, Baby X's and Team XY. The staff had to pay $3 to participate in the weekly group activities or $5 to sit out. Each week points were awarded to the two teams based on the various activities.
Thank you to the AT&T foundation for their generous $20,000 corporate donation.
Thank you Citizens Bank for their generous corporate donation of $15,000.
The staff at Gardey Financial Advisors really made "change" happen in their workplace. Their campaign manager, Lucia Gardey, prepared "Be the Change" cups for each staff member to collect daily pocket change. Her rules provided that both coiuns and bills would be considered change. The staff was divided into two teams and whichever team was able to raise the most money after one week had to treat the losing team to a potluck lunch.
Wildfire Credit Union tried a few new events this year to help kick-off their United Way campaign. Employees competed in a chili cook-off and "sweet treats" bake sale. For the chili cook-off, employees brought in chili to be judged. Their co-workers then paid $5 to try the different kinds. Each person who donated also received a vote to help decide the office champion. Congratulations to Caryn Pennell and her "Gotta Have It" chili for winning first place at the Bay Road office.
Consumers Energy employees in Saginaw set a goal of raising $1,500 in special event fundraising this year as part of their United Way campaign. The employees proudly reported back that they were able to surpass that goal raising a total of $1,675 in special event fundraising. The employees generated campaign excitement and extra donations by hosting a drawing for two front row parking spots, selling breakfast burritos, having a football toss game and creating a few "Minute to Win it" challenges. The biggest fundraiser this year was their famous baked goods/chili sale.
On October 4, Frankenmuth Insurance wrapped up their very successful campaign in a unique and exciting way - they had a high stakes game of Family Feud. Modeled after the classic game show, "families" of staff members faced off against each other to answer survey questions and gain points. Charismatic hosts, Jason Farmer and Matt Stamper, even presented "commercials" in vintage style - such as the "Where's the Beef?" lady. As an added level of competition, throughout the month, the six teams also strived to raise the most points through pledging, participation and fundraisers.