On October 9, team members from Verve, a Credit Union, spent two hours in the afternoon volunteering at over thirty local organizations in the Oshkosh, Fox Valley, Fond du Lac, La Crosse, and Chicago regions.
“People helping people has always been at the heart of the credit union experience,” said Kevin J. Ralofsky, Verve’s president and chief executive officer, “and so it’s thrilling when we find opportunities to support the communities we serve through our volunteer efforts. On this occasion, that meant 241 Verve team members got out from behind their desks, rolled up their sleeves, and found a place to pitch in that was uniquely suited to their talents and interests.”
Working in groups of six to ten, team members assisted with tasks specific to each group’s request—from outdoor fall cleanup, packing groceries, and socializing with rescue animals, to tending gardens, cleaning beaches, and assembling various items, including first aid kits, Trunk or Treat giveaways, and dressers and porch chairs.
Echoing a sentiment shared by many, Julie Roh, volunteer coordinator for Valley VNA Senior Care in Neenah, said, “We cannot thank Verve enough for helping us clean up our gardens for the season. Verve’s team members were hard-working, fun, super friendly… We would welcome them back anytime! It would have taken our small maintenance staff a couple of days to accomplish what they were able to complete in two hours.”
In addition to the volunteer efforts, Verve organized a creative and fun way to boost their collective charitable giving. In the weeks leading up to October 9, team members assembled and raffled off themed baskets within the organization to support two worthy causes. All told Verve’s team members raised $987 for the Children’s Miracle Network in La Crosse and $3,340 for Boys & Girls Club locations in the same regions they volunteered.
“We’re incredibly thankful for our neighbors and the communities we get to serve, whether they are Verve members or not,” said Ralofsky. “Our generosity is a natural extension of that gratitude. We truly believe that tasks and interactions—big or small—are made especially meaningful when approached with gratitude and compassion. I’m so proud that our team gets that.”