November 9, 2017
Written by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
During United Way campaign season, it is fun to see the exciting and creative ideas local workplaces come up with to encourage their employees to give. Ayres Associates, a nationwide engineering, mapping, environmental, architectural, and survey firm, continued a longstanding United Way campaign tradition in their Waukesha office this year: a homegrown mini golf course!
Each department designed a hole around a theme, like “Camp Woebegone,” where players had to navigate around a sleeping bag, camp stove and pieces of firewood. Others such as “Clear Across the Room”, “Monster Mash” and “Rolling Thunder” included a variety of other creative challenges.
Participants could donate $2 per round or $10 for unlimited rounds throughout the 3-week period the course was open.
To make the activity extra special, Ayres opened the course to players from the 15 other companies in the One and Two Riverwood Place office buildings. They spread the word through email and flyers, and incentivized players with great prizes like Marcus Theatre and Bublr Bike passes.
“The mini golf course has been set up throughout office, between workspaces and in conference rooms for years,” says Katie Faber, Administrative Assistant and Ayres’ United Way campaign ambassador. “This time around our property manager provided us with an open building space to set up the course and assisted in our efforts to invite neighboring businesses to join in the fun. We were not sure how many people to expect, but it was a hit!”
In addition to the mini golf course, Ayres planned other fun activities like office-wide bingo and a pie in the face contest. Seven executives agreed to participate in the pie in the face contest in which a net total of $25+ per executive ensured they would get thoroughly pie-d. This activity was a success, raising over $500!
Ayres Associates has a commitment to the community that extends beyond their annual United Way campaign. “We hold an annual food drive and support events for local students who are interested in the STEM fields,” says Alex Motl, Traffic Operations, “community involvement is very important to Ayres Associates.” Find out how to run a United Way campaign in you workplace!
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