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M&IW’s 50/50 Spotlight – Second City Servers

 

Written by Christina Wicklund | Marketing Specialist

Our featured 50/50 Spotlight of the week is the Second City Servers. This team is one of our many Chicagoland #50Years50Charities teams. The Second City Servers consists of George Martinez, Shannon Gehringer, Marisa Lavin and Elizabeth Menos. Their charity of choice is the Inspiration Corporation located on the north side of Chicago.

The Inspiration Corporation helps Chicagoans affected by homelessness and poverty reach their fullest potential for self-sufficiency. Their tagline is “Catalyst for Self-Reliance” and it shows. The Inspiration Corporation believes in giving people a hand up, not a hand out.

Inspiration Corporation is truly a catalyst for people on hard times. They offer an array of opportunities for individuals to make positive changes in their lives like job training programs, a daily sit-down meal served at the Inspiration Café and access to permanent supportive housing. Participants in the program work one-on-one with a case manager to create a customized plan that outlines goals for obtaining or maintaining stable permanent housing and building income.

And, the Inspiration Kitchen is more than a place to feed the homeless. It is an educational facility where low-income and homeless Chicagoans can receive free training for careers in the food service industry. After culinary training, many graduates go on to work at some of the city’s hottest restaurants and catering companies, giving them the opportunity to exit poverty for good.

But, did you know that the Inspiration Kitchen is also a great place to gather with friends, host meetings and events or place a catering order (with a menu rating of 4.7 stars you can’t go wrong). To make a reservation or learn more about the Inspiration Kitchen send an email to info@inspirationkitchens.org.

Recently, the Second City Servers served meals to program participants. “Donating our time is a wonderful way to help the community and do our small part in helping individuals get back on their feet,” said Marisa Lavin, the team captain. “Our team will be volunteering for another 3-hour dinner service and a 4-hour cooking shift where we will join the chef in the kitchen to assist with the meal preparation.”

To donate, volunteer or to learn more about the Inspiration Corporation please visit www.inspirationcorp.org/.

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M&IW’s 50/50 Spotlight – MiraCLE Team

Written by Christina Wicklund | Marketing Specialist

M&IW’s very own MiraCLE Team assisted in hosting a Trifecta Kentucky Derby on May 5. They combined their time and talents with their chosen 50 Years 50 Charities organization, Mission4Maureen. The MiraCLE Team is made up of the following members from our Cleveland, Ohio location, Heather Hnottavange (team captain), Denise Farrell, David Sachs, Ginenne Rothlisberger and Carly Rick.

Mission4Maureen is a nonprofit charity that provides financial assistance to brain tumor patients, burdened by the staggering cost of treatment. Through their application process, this organization verifies and reviews patient applications and awards grants based upon individual needs and available funds. They also pay bills on behalf of patients. To date, Mission4Marueen has donated more than one million dollars in 47 States!

When asked why Mission4Maureen, Heather Hnottavange responded “This Foundation is very near and dear to my heart as I have had two cousins (Brittany age 13 and Maureen age 34) who passed away from a glioblastoma brain tumor.” Heather continued to say, “Maureen’s family established the Mission4Maureen in honor of my cousin.”

While science seeks a cure, society demands its due. Mortgages, utilities and basic living expenses need to be met, and many brain cancer patients simply do not have the funding to meet everyday obligations. Mission4Maureen is committed to Maureen’s belief that “everyone can do something.” The assistance Mission4Maureen offers comes in the form of rent or mortgage payments, help with utilities or gift cards to a local supermarkets. And, they accomplish the challenge of one unsuspecting, unprepared brain cancer victim at a time. In Maureen’s name, this foundation accepts and embraces the challenge. “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.”

The Trifecta Kentucky Derby held on Saturday, May 5 raised more than $20,000. The Trifecta Kentucky Derby was broadcast live on the big screen in a local theater. Attendees were treated to a southern menu, Mint Juleps, and Derby Sideboards. Plus, there was a silent auction. Attendees were encouraged to wear outrageous Derby hats. The MiraCLE Team also raised an additional $5,169 by soliciting donations and sponsors as well as selling Super Bowl squares. This team is like the Energizer bunny, they keep going and going and going!

To learn more about Mission4Marueen or to donate, please visit www.mission4maureen.org.

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M&IW’s 50/50 Spotlight – Chicago Can Cans

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Written by Christina Wicklund | Marketing Project Lead

This week’s featured 50 Years 50 Charities team is the Chicago Can Cans. The team members are Sarah Evans, Alexander deHilster, Christina Chevallier and Julie Eplett.

The Chicago Can Cans selected a cause close to their hearts and home — the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “Hunger is a worldwide problem and it definitely affects our families and neighbors” said Julie Eplett the team captain. She continued to say, “we chose a charity we felt would have a positive impact on our community.”

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank and offers relief not only to Chicago, but also the surrounding neighborhoods that struggle with hunger. They are fighting hunger one meal at a time. During the cold winter months many families are faced with the hard choice of buying food or heating their home, food pantries and programs are an essential resource during these challenging times.

To put our hunger challenge into perspective, 41.2 million Americans are often forced to skip meals, eat less, buy cheap non-nutritious food or feed their children, but not themselves. Of the 41.2 million Americans, 12.9 million are children. This means that 1 out of every 6 people in America face hunger.

The Chicago Food Depository is in partnership with more than 700 agencies and programs. This includes pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and programs focused on children, older adults and veterans. This network distributes food throughout Cook County. Last year, they distributed nearly 72 million pounds of food, 37% of which was fresh produce. Every day they distribute the equivalent of 164,000 meals. That is that is 60 million meals a year!

As part of M&IW’s Project Global Giveback which encourages employees to get involved and gives them time off to volunteer, the Chicago Can Cans shared a day of packing meals at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. They are also raising money for the 33rd Annual Hunger Walk on September 8, 2018. This is Chicago’s largest annual anti-hunger rally that raises funds and awareness to end hunger.

To learn more about the Chicago Food Depository, or to donate, please visit www.chicagofoodbank.org.

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M&IW’s 50/50 Spotlight – English Roses

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Written by Jill Pearson | Manager, Digital Marketing & Media

This week’s featured 50 Years 50 Charities team is the English Roses. The M&IW team members are Ella Darby, Paulomi Debnath, Giovanna Federico, Ana Silva Sara Bruce and Sophie Benson, the team captain. The English Roses are making a difference on a global scale and work in our UK office.

These ladies selected a charity that touched their hearts on a very personal level. Ella Darby’s daughter, Katy, was born with a rare chromosome disorder. Her little girl spent the four years of her life in and out of hospitals. During this time, Ella and her family leaned on the Chestnut Tree House for practical, social and spiritual support throughout and after their beautiful angel’s fight for life concluded.

The Chestnut Tree House gives support for the whole family including psychological and bereavement support, end of life, short break care and sibling support. They provide hospice care for young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-shortening conditions. These services are offered at no expense to the families. A majority of the funding for the Chestnut Tree House comes from donations, fundraisers and the blood, sweat and tears of its volunteers. The government helps, but the amount donated is less than 7 pence in every GBP. That equates to less than 10 cents to every USD.

On January 25, 2018 the English Roses headed to the Chestnut Tree’s warehouse. The English Roses spent the day collecting and sorting through thousands of donated items. Once sorted, they helped with loading these items onto trucks. The items are then distributed to charity stores (thrift shops) located throughout the area. When asked how it was volunteering in the warehouse, Sophie Benson replied, “Whilst it was exhausting, we also had a lot of fun!” Ella Darby replied, “It is a fabulous place – we all decided to volunteer at the warehouse again, it was a great day and felt so good to be helping out!” For many charities the gift of time can be worth as much as money donated. In the case of the Chestnut Tree House this is very true.

M&IW 50-50 Spotlight Charity - Chestnut Tree House Team

M&IW 50-50 Spotlight Charity – Chestnut Tree House Team

In addition to volunteering, the team is also raising funds so that the Chestnut Tree House can continue their very important work of supporting children and their families when they need it most.  The team has set up a secure giving page to make it fun and easy to donate, just CLICK HERE. The Chestnut Tree House is a registered charity based in Sussex, UK. To learn more about them, visit their official website at http://www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/

Once again, a big thank you and congratulations to all of our M&IW’s 50 Years 50 Charities teams! The program was launched on July 1, 2017 and runs through June 30, 2018.

 

 

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M&IW’s 50/50 Spotlight – Southern Ladies for Alzheimer’s

 

M&IW's 50-50 Spotlight Charity - Alzheimer's Association

M&IW’s 50-50 Spotlight Charity – Alzheimer’s Association

Written by Christina Wicklund | Marketing Project Lead

This week’s featured 50 Years 50 Charities is the Southern Ladies for Alzheimer’s. The M&IW team members are Neema Hurley, Kim O’Connell, Amanda Miller, Valerie Sandbach and Layne Johantgen, the team captain. True to their team’s name, these charming southern ladies live and work in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

When asked why they chose this charity, Layne Johantgen replied. “Alzheimer’s hits close to home.  Many of us have watched love ones battle this disease or currently have a family member struggling with Alzheimer’s.” Layne continued to say, “The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level so all our team members can participate and support the cause.”

The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals interested in research. Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe. They are the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

The Southern Ladies for Alzheimer’s have been on a roll with their fundraising and volunteer efforts for the past eight months. Amanda Miller participated in the Alzheimer’s Association walk in North Carolina. The team raffled off a “Southern Hospitality” bag from the World of Coca Cola filled with traditional southern items like Daufuskie Island Vanilla Rum, peach jam, boiled peanuts, pork rinds, and Cajun fried peanuts.

They are now on their third fundraiser and auctioning off a LIVE taping of Jimmy Kimmel or James Corden (VIP Green Room access with Corden). The package includes a two-night stay at the beautiful Loews Hollywood Hotel located in Los Angeles, California. For more information, CLICK HERE. And, if you want to place a bid you will have to move quickly. Bidding for this package closes this Friday, February 23, 2018 at 5:00pm EST. Visit www.32auctions.com/SL4ALZ to place your winning bid TODAY!

Together, we can change the future of Alzheimer’s. To become a part of that change or to learn more, please visit https://www.alz.org/.

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M&IW’s 50/50 Spotlight – The Wild West Team

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Written by Christina Wicklund | Marketing Project Lead

This week’s featured 50 Years 50 Charities team is the Wild West. Wild West selected a charity everyone on the team could contribute to even though they work in different locations – Washington, Nevada and Colorado. The team members are Hannah Buzzo, Marge Bazsika, Jeanette Davis, Ali Geisler, Marte Meighan, Kim St. Martin, and Genessa Gonzalez, the team captain. Their charity is the American Red Cross, a well-respected charity that focuses on wildfire relief in their states.

The catastrophic wildfires of 2017 didn’t just destroy neighborhoods and livelihoods — they also annihilated records. Damage estimates from the 2017 wildfires topped $10 billion, said Adam Smith of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And that was before devastating wildfires tore through Southern California in December.

Wild West raised $400 selling CPR kits this summer at our annual company event. Plus, they sold Brewers vs. Cubs baseball tickets on StubHub, an online website, now that’s thinking outside of the box!

When asked if they had other fundraising events in plan? The answer was a big YES! In the upcoming months, Wild West will auction off two Milwaukee, Wisconsin gift baskets filled with items donated by local businesses. All proceeds from this raffle will be donated to the American Red Cross. Wild West is also hosting an interactive benefit at the Wine Bar located in Denver Colorado. A portion of sales that evening will be donated by Vinue Food and Wine Bar to the American Red Cross. If you find yourself in the Cherry Creek, Colorado area on March 26, 2018, please join them!

This team may be spread over three states, but distance doesn’t seem to slow their efforts down. Way to go Wild West, keep that momentum and great team communications going!

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To learn more about the American Red Cross – wildfire relief or to donate, please visit www.redcross.org.

 

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How to Create a Give Back Movement in a Virtual Company

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Written by Marie Johnson, CMP | Director of Marketing & Strategy

Like many organizations who embrace corporate social responsibility, M&IW has long understood it is our responsibility to be a good corporate citizen through charitable giving and community involvement. Over the years, we have supported numerous worthy causes.

Create a Culture of Giving

As our organization grew, we saw both a challenge and an opportunity. With once a primarily local workforce, our team would support a cause very near and dear to our hearts and located in our hometown, the Racine Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. For more than decade, our M&IW team has been racing for a cure and raising the bar on their fundraising efforts totaling more than $100,000. However, as we expanded with a global virtual workforce, it became more difficult for employees to feel personally connected and participate in our charitable giving initiatives. But, then something happened. M&IW was recognized as one of the fastest growing privately-held companies in America. Jean Johnson, CMP, our Co-CEO and Chief People Officer attended the Inc. 500 | 5000 Conference and was inspired by Adam Grant, bestselling author of Give and Take.

Jean set an ambitious goal to create a best-in-class giving program and increase our global philanthropic footprint. In 2014, she launched Project Global Give Back. Since the program’s inception, our employees have given of their hearts, time and money to many great causes in the communities that they live and work. They also supported our corporate annual charity, Make-A-Wish of Southeastern Wisconsin, and helped grant wishes for two special little girls.

Think Bigger #50Years50Charities

This year, the stakes have gotten even higher! In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we launched the Project Global Give Back 50 Years 50 Charities campaign. “At M&IW, we are in the business of bringing people together for great outcomes and believe in the power of human energy,” said Jean Johnson. “So, this program is very fitting for our organization and aligned with our culture. We have assembled 50 teams with employees located across the globe who will impact 50 different charities throughout the year. And, most importantly, they are having fun with it – everything from their team names, volunteer activities, creative fundraising efforts, and more!” To check out the charities selected CLICK HERE to view our video.

Make it Personal

This month, we are featuring “Big Hearts, Little Hands” and the direct and lasting effect they will have on the lives of young people. They selected Big Brothers Big Sisters. For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to success and thrive in life. “I have been a Big Sister for nine years,” said Joy Kubat, Team Captain. “I saw a need within my Little’s family for access to basic items like shampoo and paper towels. Her family often sacrificed essentials to make ends meet. Recognizing the impact we could make to families in need, we chose BBBS. I am so grateful for the efforts of my amazing coworkers: Connie Nau, CMP, Nicole Raudabaugh, CMP, Carissa Hackel, Tracy Norum, CMP, CIS, Naomi Tucker, CMP, and Mae Ibe, CMP.” Recently, the team took a little time away from work to gather every day necessities from caring homes and assemble 50 bags for the local branch. They will be participating in the upcoming Taste of the Town and partnering with the Wisconsin Chapter of Meeting Professionals International to be the selected charity for the association’s Spring Education Day in May of 2018.

We hope our story of continuing to focus on local giving whiling adopting an approach to support our international expansion inspires you to create your own ways to touch the communities where your organization resides. We are very proud of all our M&IW family and excited to share our progress in future posts. To see more from our amazing teams in action, be sure to follow #MIW50Years50Charities and #MIWGivingBack on social media. Or, interested in learning more our Project Global Give Back, supporting the cause, donating, or attending an upcoming fundraiser event, reach out to us at marketing@meetings-incentives.com.

 

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