The Reilly, Penner & Benton Team at Guest House of Milwaukee
September 1, 2017
Written by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
On a bright and sunny August morning, more than 30 employees of Reilly, Penner & Benton, Wisconsin’s oldest CPA firm, got out of the office to help with a number of projects at Guest House of Milwaukee, a United Way program partner.
“I love Milwaukee,” said participant Brandon Panka. “It’s nice to give back and help our neighbors.”
Volunteers cleared trees and bushes in Guest House’s Cream City Gardens, which grows fresh produce for residents of Guest House and to fill the local Friedens’ Community Ministries food pantry. Reilly, Penner & Benton also bought supplies and put together ham and cheese sandwiches, which Guest House hands out to nearly 400 individuals each day. The group also took a tour of the facility.
“At Guest House, we believe that that our work plays a critical role in providing solutions to those experiencing homelessness as well as solving other challenges that restrict individuals from reaching their full potential,” said Amy Rowell, Outreach Manager at Guest House. “Volunteers are a critical part of this mission.”
Guest House of Milwaukee is one of hundreds of nonprofit clients that Reilly, Penner & Benton serve in the community. “We’ve been around for 110 years,” said Partner Brian Mechenich. “We have always been community-oriented and encourage all of our employees to give back either by volunteering or serving on boards.”
“A lot of potential new hires I interview ask ‘what do you guys do for the community?’” said Laurie Olson, Human Resources Manager. “Not only do volunteer projects like this improve our recruitment ability, but it strengthens team work and boosts morale!”
Laurie and Brian also recognize the power of volunteerism to drive home the message they share with employees during the firm’s annual United Way campaign. “The nice thing is that, with our United Way campaign coming up, volunteering really shows what United Way does and hopefully will make our employees more engaged!” said Laurie.
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