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Blackhawk SHRM
Twenty BHRA members came together to coordinate and facilitate our event supporting Wisconsin SHRM initiative called “One Day to Make a Difference”.
BHRA partnered with Rock County Job Center and provided a day of support to the growing needs of our Rock County job seekers.
To better support those job seekers that had successfully completed basic level resume and interview assistance through the Job Center.
Publicized to the membership population of BHRA utilizing our broadcast email tool, newsletter, membership meetings and telephone calls. Rock County Job Center made this event public utilizing Job Center resources. Secetary Roberta Gassman was made aware of the event during her visit to the Job Center that day with Ed Montgomery, President Obama's Automotive Recovery Director Secretary. The local press also was present that day.
Approximately 50 job seekers attended the event.
Job seekers took full advantage of the opportunity the panel discussion help. They asked questions ranging from “What type of follow up do you expect from me after I fill out an application?” to “Why don’t I always hear from the company when I send them my resume?” Immediately, following the panel discussion attendees were allowed the opportunity to participate in a mock interview session with other BHRA member volunteers.
Benefit to the HR Profession and Members:
The BHRA volunteers gained a renewed perspective on what job seekers are experiencing in today’s environment. This perspective is valuable to the hiring practices they each take when acquiring talent to their workforce. Collectively the attendees agreed that the greatest frustration they have while conducting a job search is not receiving any type of response on the applications they complete or resumes they submit to company website job postings.
Chippewa Valley SHRM
Members prepared and served food at the Community Table
Fon du Lac SHRM
Members volunteered during Walleye Weekend in June. Members did face painting, assisted with children’s activities, and served food at the Rotary Tent.
Fox Valley SHRM
Members sponsored a home for Rebuilding Together Fox Valley’s Annual Project Day on Saturday, May 1st.  Twenty-five volunteers helped with landscaping, painting, flooring, and installing doors for a Fox Valley family. 
31 chapter volunteers assisted Brown County DWD & Forward Services staff with a full day of job search related programs.
Our volunteers served in three local food banks, and each of them had a different service they provided. Some helped individuals to “shop” in the pantry and carry groceries to their car, some sorted through food and re-packaged it for local food pantries, and others served food.
To make a difference in the community while providing an activity for members to get to know each other in a different way.
We promoted it on our Web site, in our newsletter, and in our weekly e-blasts.
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People in the community who are in need of food.
The efforts were much appreciated by all of the pantries and the direct recipients.
Link to Strategic Plan:
As we have evolved as a chapter, GMA SHRM has built a strong financial foundation and are continually working to serve our members needs. To expand on that solid foundation, we have identified the opportunity to become more active in the community. GMA SHRM wants to be seen as an HR leader in the local community and also as an organization that makes a difference in the community. We do a lot of volunteer work through our Workforce Readiness committee (partnering with the job centers and vocational rehabilitation department), but also want to reach out to the broader community. GMA SHRM has been growing our Philanthropic Committee and philanthropic efforts, and identified the Day to Make a Difference as a good way to build that area of our chapter. The Philanthropic Committee had identified the Second Harvest Food Bank of Wisconsin as the recipient of our annual Golf Outing proceeds, so we aligned the Day to Make a Difference effort to support our local food banks in order to build even greater awareness around those who are in need of basic necessities, such as food.
Benefit to the HR Profession and Members:
The benefit to our members is captured in the newsletter article & testimonials (following).
Jefferson SHRM
JCHRMA partnered with St. Coletta, which is an organization that cares for individuals with developmental and other disabilities. Six members planted bulbs, pulled weeds, and cleaned up two group homes.
LaCrosse SHRM

Fifteen LaCrosse members helped with the following activities in their community:

  • Serving lunch and dinner at the Salvation Army
  • Helping with game booths at the Riverfront Picnic
  • Gardening for members in the community
Lakeshore Area SHRM
Collected food donations for the local Domestic Violence Shelter.  Cash contributions were also collected and provided to the local American Red Cross.
Metro Milwaukee SHRM
Metro Milwaukee SHRM sponsored a workforce readiness program for 16-21 year-olds (students and recent graduates). We’ll be preparing them for work through some of the following activities:
  • Resume Tips and Suggestions (fundamentals)
  • Mock Interviews
  • Youth Trends
  • “Job Readiness” - Communication Skills, Customer Service Fundamentals
The event was promoted to high school guidance counselors and in the community.
More than 60 volunteers and 150 students.
Many of the students were unfamiliar with a lot of the table topics. They seemed excited to get started using the new skills they had learned.
Mid-way through the event, volunteers were so enthusiastic they were talking about similar events for the future. Students, most of whom had goals but no clear path for reaching them, were eager to put what they learned to use.

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Oshkosh SHRM
Worked with local Workforce Development office on providing interview and resume writing workshops.
St. Croix SHRM
The St. Croix chapter participated in the Feed My Starving Children project in August.  The effort included packing bulk food items for UNICEF, helping poor children all over the world.
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