More than 250 Verve, a Credit Union, team members came together at their 21 locations in Eastern and Western Wisconsin and the Chicago region to assemble 38 bins of supplies for kids to use at Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Wisconsin and Chicago. The team building activity occurred the week after Verve’s biggest, all-team communication event, their annual team summit (which was held on Monday, Oct. 11). The summit was designed to focus on alignment and wellbeing, enhance team member collaboration and, most importantly, identify opportunities to benefit others.
“We took advantage of a recent federal holiday to gather our team for a day of training and enrichment. We like to find new and creative ways to surprise our team members with the activities we plan, which leaves a lasting impact not only on them, but on the community,” said Kevin J. Ralofsky, president and CEO of Verve. “The supply bin assembling activity was the perfect fit to be able to wrap up a summit devoted to servant leadership by performing a Random Act of Verve—our way of surprising and uplifting community members. We’re building a better now and providing for a better future in a very tangible way by providing much-needed supplies to an organization that is helping children and their families live better lives, and it means a lot to me, personally, as a Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh board member.”
Bins of supplies were delivered to 21 of Verve’s branches, where team members were gathered to participate in the summit in smaller cohorts, rather than the standard full team gathering in years past.
“We believe in making people’s lives better. That includes the Verve team and stretches well beyond the walls of our credit union branches,” said Karrie Drobnick, chief marketing + strategy officer at Verve. “The summit is an opportunity for our team to join together and reflect on our servant-led culture and ways we can serve each other, our members and our community.”
During the summit, Patti Shea, a current Boys & Girls Club board member spoke about the experience she and her husband had growing up as Boys & Girls Club members.
“In the days following the summit, we held our team building activity to give our team members time to reflect on and reconnect to the summit messaging,” Drobnick said. “We heard from our team leaders how their teams connected with Patti’s story and the activity to see how their actions truly do make an impact in the lives of youth in our community, just as it did for Patti and her husband.”
Team members earned pieces of the supply bins they were assembling by completing various tasks related to Verve’s servant-led culture. In total, Verve donated 5,600 crayons, 1,400 colored pencils, 1,300 markers, 114 gift cards, 80 activity books, 78 games, 76 boxes of facial tissues, 76 containers of disinfectant wipes, 40 pairs of headphones and Verve-branded cinch bags, sunglasses and water bottles.
The supply bins were delivered during the last week of October to Boys & Girls Clubs in the communities Verve serves. To learn more about Verve, visit verveacu.com.