Throughout the year we sponsor many 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 hauling logs and cleaning up after the North Minneapolis tornado, reading three times a week to children at a local elementary school, or setting up the silent auction for a cystic fibrosis gala. 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 this past year we had approximately 75-percent of employees step up to help those in need.
Weber Shandwick at The Works
On Loan projects put Weber Shandwick colleagues in Minnesota’s communities in a multitude of ways, from collecting children’s books and reading to kindergarteners to raking leaves for the elderly, cheering on marathoners and packing boxes of food and blankets for severe weather victims.
In 2014, Weber Shandwick On Loan focused on giving back in the areas of technology, sustainability and education. This past October, colleagues traded their keyboards and phones for hammers and scissors during a visit to The Works Museum in Bloomington, Minn. Colleagues spent a few hours assembling shelving, cutting strips of paper and creating foam blocks to help create kids’ engineering kits for use at one of the museum’s educational workshops. The Weber Shandwick team helped The Works meet high demand for classroom toolkits, and got to experience the fun and hands-on learning The Works has to offer including a stringless harp, heat-sensing light detectors and the biggest K’nex chain-reaction structure in Minnesota.