Throughout the year we sponsor half-day and full-day volunteer work programs in the community as part of Weber Shandwick On Loan. We “loan” out teams of employees to local nonprofits in need of extra hands, whether completing planting and weeding at community farms, lawn clean-up for neighbors or preparing meals for those in need. Our goal with Weber Shandwick On Loan is to give as many people in the office as possible the opportunity to engage with the wonderful local community of nonprofits and give back in a meaningful way with their colleagues.
Weber Shandwick on Loan in 2017
On Loan projects put Weber Shandwick colleagues in Minnesota’s communities in a multitude of ways. In 2017, Weber Shandwick supported an important need of the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery by planning, grocery shopping, preparing and serving three breakfasts and one dinner through the Crisis Nursery Cook for Kids program. The Crisis Nursery is a 24-hour residential care facility for families in need of immediate support. The mission of the organization is to end child abuse and neglect. With some crafty menu planning, all four groups were able to serve a variety of healthy options to kids staying at the nursery.
The office also helped prepare ingredients for Open Arms of Minnesota, a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities, including those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis and ALS as well as their caregivers and dependents. The On Loan team helped cut up chicken and veggies for a soup the cooks were preparing.
In 2017, Weber Shandwick On Loan supported the broader agency-wide Impact Project focus area of promoting civility. It’s a topic Weber Shandwick has been researching and tracking for over a decade. The goal of placing this at the center of the program is promote civil discourse and support nonprofits working in the core of civility, such as youth education and development, leadership development, cross-cultural understanding and diversity and equity. Stay tuned for more news on how Weber Shandwick Minneapolis is helping the community and building civility through its On Loan efforts.