Communication, Collaboration and Cooperation has been the focus of the Wisconsin SHRM State Council for the past two years. The Council undertook the “One Day to make a Difference” program to leverage greater innovation and involvement of SHRM Chapters and HR professionals across the state, creating opportunities for cooperation and collaboration within our chapters and the local community to be of service. The State Council communicated extensively with local chapters in promoting and coordinating “One Day to make a Difference.” This project asked each local SHRM Chapter to identify and partner with a local service agency to provide service to their local community on one weekend in June 2010. Twelve local SHRM Chapters in Wisconsin enlisted over 265 of their members to provide service within their local community. Over a dozen organizations were assisted. Services provided included workforce readiness activities (e.g., résumé review, mock interviewing), manual labor (e.g., gardening, cleaning, painting), food service (e.g., serving meals at food pantries), and fund raising for charities. Many people were served. They received meals, advice on their job search, or assistance with their residence. HR professionals gained the experience of being of service to people with needs in their local community.
The Wisconsin State Council SHRM won a 2010 Pinnacle Award for this initiative.
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