ABR In The Community: Volunteer Spotlight

November 20th, 2017

Community involvement is a core company value to help enrich the communities where we live and work. We encourage and support all employees in their giving efforts.

Chief Human Resources Officer Sandy Beckwith volunteered in Panama with her three adult children. This is Sandy’s story of why she volunteers, how she came to choose volunteering overseas and how she and her children gave back on their mission trip.

Why Sandy Volunteers

I am blessed with healthy kids.  I believe in giving back and playing it forward.  Both of my parents died from cancer.  I have volunteered a lot with the American Cancer Society, as we need to put an end to cancer.  Panama was low income and disadvantaged adults and children.  I wanted my kids to be exposed to those that are less fortunate than us and to help them.”

 

 

Destination Panama

Why did we decide to volunteer in Panama? Going on a mission trip with my kids was on my bucket list.  Three years ago, on Christmas Eve, I gave them each a certificate to go on a mission trip with me.  I never imagined that all of us would be able to go at the same time!  My daughter got engaged last April and I told her we needed to get our mission trip in.  She picked the date and all of us could get off from work that same week!  Score International was so easy to work with.  I googled mission trips and reached out to them.  I highly recommend them!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Providing Basic Needs

I have awesome friends!  I posted one message on Facebook that I was going to Panama and the donations came!  One friend dropped off 70 pairs of sandals!  We took 3 suitcases of donations.  We had 80 tooth brushes, lots of shampoo, soap, etc.  My son put in a window at a home.  We volunteered at a festival for disadvantaged kids.  We taught English and brought lots of arts and crafts. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

579 Hours and Counting

As of May, 2017, ABR Employment Services and Kinsa Group employees have volunteered 579 hours.

ABR and Kinsa Group encourage all to participate in any of the following company volunteer programs:

1) Major Sponsorship – The United Way is our current major sponsorship charity. At the beginning of each fiscal year employees vote on a charity to sponsor.
2) Community Days – Each ABR location has the opportunity participate as a team for up to eight hours during the workday at a charity event of their choice.
3) Paid Registration Fee Program – Each employee is able to request $100 towards registration fees for any  non-profit 501c3 event.

ABR Staff Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House

May 16th, 2016

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The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Charities in Madison, WI is ‘home away from home’ for families while their child is receiving medical treatment at local hospitals. Staff from ABR Employment Services Corporate Headquarters recently volunteered for the ‘Family Meal Program’. This program allows families to enjoy a meal after spending the day with their child at the hospital.

According to RMH, the most commonly served meals are lasagna, tacos, pasta, chicken noodle soup and macaroni and cheese. Several ‘foodies’ work at the Corporate Office and thus wanted to create more upscale dining fare. 

Corporate staff shopped for ingredients, prepared and served a meal starring Pasta Primavera with chicken, salad, garlic bread and strawberries with pound cake for 25 guests. 

Grill master Kerri Poulson grilled chicken to perfection while Sue Zimbrich and Jeannette Malterer roasted vegetables to a crisp-tender. Rita Engfer, Michelle Nooyen, Amy Harris, Coni Campbell and Natasha Duda orchestrated meal preparation. Sandy Beckwith, Jim McNett, Jennifer Zahari and Michelle Kamin put the finishing touches on the meal. 

Jim McNett, ABR CEO remarked, “So many families have been supported by the generosity and support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Spending day after day at the hospital, carrying around the burden of worry and being away from home for long periods of time is unimaginable. We are thankful for this opportunity to provide a home cooked meal for these guest families.”

The Ronald McDonald House never turns away families unable to pay. The suggested donation is that families pay $10 a night. The actual operating cost to house a family per night is significantly higher. We invite you to consider donating to the Ronald McDonald House to ensure that these families will continue to have a “home away from home.” Thank you.

Volunteering in the Community: Second Harvest Foodbank

January 26th, 2016

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(left to right) Natasha Duda, Mary Wilkosz, Michelle Kamin, Kim Moddie, Sue Zimbrich, HR Representative, Dave Unmacht, Terie Cebe, Jim McNett.

Volunteering in the community is a core company value to help enrich the communities where we live and work.   Recently ABR Corporate staff volunteered at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin labeling canned goods. As Second Harvest points out, an unexpected job loss can impact life very quickly. One day things can go from being comfortable to struggling with hunger.

Learn more about ABR’s Community Involvement Program and the organizations we support.

ABR La Crosse Team Volunteers at WAFER

July 28th, 2015
(right to left) Ashley Thimis, Dana Von Ruden and Shannon Murphy-Porter of ABR La Crosse.

(right to left) Ashley Thimis, Dana Von Ruden and Shannon Murphy-Porter of ABR La Crosse.

ABR Employment Services encourages and supports all employees in their giving efforts. Each office has the opportunity to take time during the work day to participate in a community event.

The ABR La Crosse office recently volunteered at United Way Agency Partner WAFER, the largest food pantry serving the La Crosse, WI area. WAFER  is committed to addressing hunger related needs in La Crosse County, while treating each person with personalized service and dignity.

The La Crosse team spent three hours assisting WAFER guests shop for food and plan to volunteer at the food pantry quarterly.

Currently, if you are active on Twitter, WAFER invites you to Tweet an image from Woodman’s Food Market with the hashtag #Woodmans4Meals and Woodmans will donate $1 to anti-hunger agencies.

ABR-Kinsa Virtual Food Drive

February 6th, 2015

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Food is one of our most basic human needs, and yet thousands of people in Wisconsin don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

That’s why ABR Employment Services and Kinsa Group hosting a virtual food drive for Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. Our company goal is $2,000. And, for every dollar contributed, ABR will match .50 on every $1 up to $2,000.  For every $1 donated, Second Harvest Foodbank can provide 3 meals!

We invite you to participate in our virtual food drive by making a General Team Donation. Here’s a link to our donation page — https://bit.ly/1LUZ5sL

Second Harvest Foodbank  is committed to ending hunger in 16 southwestern Wisconsin counties, and last year, it provided 12.6 million meals to community members facing hunger.

Thank you for participating in our food/fund drive! Together, we can end hunger!

ABR and Kinsa Group Donate to Social Service Organizations

January 2nd, 2015
Tasha Karstaedt (left), Staffing Assistant, ABR Manitowoc, presents a check to Erin Schultz (right), Director/Family Advocate at the Hope House the Shelter of the Lakeshore Interfaith Hospitality Network of Manitowoc County.

Tasha Karstaedt (left), Staffing Assistant, ABR Manitowoc, presents a check to Erin Schultz (right), Director/Family Advocate at the Hope House the Shelter of the Lakeshore Interfaith Hospitality Network of Manitowoc County.

Social Service Organizations Receive $200 Each

ABR Employment Services is committed to making the communities where we do business and employ staff a better place. We do this by holding company-wide food drives and by providing local community service. Last month, all ABR branches, ABR Corporate and our food and beverage subsidiary, Kinsa Group, presented the social service organization of their choice with a donation of $200. Community area recipients included:

ABR Appleton – St. Joseph’s Food Pantry

ABR Brookfield – Food Pantry of Waukesha County

ABR Oshkosh – Father Carr’s Place 2b

ABR Green Bay – Salvation Army of Brown County

ABR La Crosse – WAFER

ABR/LHI La Crosse – Hunger Task Force of La Crosse

ABR Sparta – Couleecap

ABR Manitowoc – Hope House

ABR Stevens Point – Operation Bootstrap

ABR Schofield – The Neighbor’s Place

ABR Winona – Winona Volunteer Services Food Pantry

ABR Madison –  Second Harvest Food bank

ABR Corporate – Second Harvest Food bank

ABR Sturgeon Bay – Lakeshore CAP

Kinsa  Group – Milwaukee Rescue Mission

Feed The Community: ABR’s Initiative Continues

September 24th, 2014
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Heather Szot, Kristin Kracaw, Dave Unmacht, Sue Zimbrich, Lisa Sobczak, Cathy De Deker, Jim McNett, Carol Gibson and Russ Lilly volunteer at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin packaging cereal for families in need.

1 in 6 Americans face hunger. ABR and Kinsa Group (an ABR subsidiary) continue to work together to help change that by sponsoring food drives, volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin and donating to  local organizations that make a difference in our community.

During the month of September, all ABR and Kinsa employees are ‘Going Orange’. The color orange is the official color of hunger awareness. Staff wear orange shirts every Friday in September and are hosting a company-wide food drive to benefit Second Harvest and food pantries in the Wisconsin communities where we do business.

You can get involved too by donating these most needed items to your local food pantry or by sponsoring a virtual food drive. Together we can make a difference!

ABR Supports Healthy Hearts In Our Community

June 9th, 2014

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Sponsoring community food drives, volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank and donating to  local organizations that make a difference in our community are the hallmark of ABR’s Community Involvement Initiative.

To support healthier hearts in our community, ABR recently made a donation to the American Heart Association and the Madison Go Red for Women. Did you know that one out of every three deaths in women in the U.S. is caused by heart disease? According to the American Heart Association, this makes heart disease the number one cause of death in women in the U.S.

Brittany Lee, the Corporate Event Director in Madison and Kristen Schmidt the Madison Go Red Silent Auction Chair said in a thank-you letter to ABR:

“Thank you so much for your generous support of the American Heart Association and the Madison Go Red for Women on May 9, 2014. With your donation of a Target Gift Card, valued at $100, our silent auction was able to raise over $8,400.”

Learn more about ABR’s involvement in the community.

ABR Green Bay Collects 100 Pounds of Food For Paul’s Pantry

March 3rd, 2014
Shown: Dana Pasterski (left), Julie Flenz (middle) and Carol Gibson (right) of ABR Green Bay.

Shown: Dana Pasterski (left), Julie Flenz (middle) and Carol Gibson (right) of ABR Green Bay.

ABR held a company-wide food drive the week of February 14th to raise 2,000 pounds of food and other items for community members in need.

The ABR Green Bay office collected 100 pounds of food! All proceeds were donated to Paul’s Pantry in Green Bay.

Need has no season. Everyone at ABR Employment Services Green Bay and Paul’s Pantry thank you for participating!

ABR Manitowoc Collects 105 Pounds for Two Rivers Ecumenical Pantry

March 3rd, 2014
Shown: John Kraemer (left) of Two Rivers Ecumenical Pantry and Tasha Karstaedt (right) of ABR Employment Services Manitowoc.

Shown: John Kraemer (left) of Two Rivers Ecumenical Pantry and Tasha Karstaedt (right) of ABR Employment Services Manitowoc.

ABR held a company-wide food drive the week of February 14th to raise 2,000 pounds of food and other items for community members in need.

The ABR Manitowoc office collected 118 food items totaling 105 pounds! All proceeds were donated to Two Rivers Ecumenical Pantry in Manitowoc.

Need has no season. Everyone at ABR Employment Services Manitowoc and Two Rivers Ecumenical Pantry thanks you for participating!