WBA and BOLT (Building Our Leaders of Tomorrow Section) are happy to announce the Wisconsin Bankers Association Power of Community Week!
In addition to the Power of Community Week homepage, the following list of community involvement activities has been provided by the BOLT Board of Directors.
Community Involvement Ideas
  • Bring Financial Literacy to the Classroom
    • Friday is National Teach Children to Save Day – check out the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation’s free Reading Raises Interest Kits and other resources!
    • Host a financial literacy open house event for your community to attend – how to build credit, paying off debt, saving for college, etc.
    • Volunteer to read in a local classroom.
  • Collect Donations for a Non-Profit
    • Branch Thrift Sale
    • Lemonade Sale
    • Partner with a local food pantry
  • Bag groceries at a local grocers
  • Partner with An Agency
    • Habitat for Humanity: Reach out to your local chapter of Habitat and get a group of bankers together to help build a home for someone in need.
    • Local United Way Chapter
    • Salvation Army
    • Create no-sew blankets for the homeless
    • In conjunction with area Legion VFW, flag collection (to properly and respectfully dispose of worn/tattered American flags)
  • Visit a Local Senior Center
    • Often the programming director for a senior center needs ideas to occupy their residents. Get a group of bankers together and offer some form of entertainment – do you have musicians among you? How about a cooking demonstration and/or tasting? Bring your kids along and read books, play games, and visit.
    • Create cards to deliver to nursing home residents
    • Help out with Meals on Wheels deliveries
  • Volunteer at a Local Animal Shelter
    • Often animal shelters are short on help to care for as many animals as they rescue. Get a group together and clean cages, walk dogs, host a fundraiser, do some heavy lifting, build kennels, or whatever else the shelter may need.
  • Citywide Cleanup
    • Gather the troops and a few brooms! Work with your city to organize a citywide cleanup day. Prune bushes, weed gardens, wash buildings and windows, clear garbage, paint hydrants, the list goes on and on. 
    • Maybe plant some new flowers or get a vegetable garden ready – spring is here!
    • Adopt a highway for litter pickup.
    • Veteran headstone clean-up
  • Local Hero Appreciation
    • Make care packages for your local police officers, firefighters, doctors, military, bus drivers, teachers, whomever you deem a hero. Include baked goods, letters of appreciation, lunch, dinner, candy, gifts, etc.
  • NOW Meals (Nutrition on Weekend) 
    • Pack weekend meal bags for students in need – check in with your local school district(s)
  • School Closet
    • Work with schools to have a donation stocked closet of youth clothes and necessities to help those in need.

Have ideas that you'd like to add to the list? Send them to WBA's Lori Kalscheuer via email.

Return to the Power of Community Week homepage.