One of the objectives of the Filbrandt & Company annual staff training and development day is to engage in team-building opportunities which give back to the local community. On July 19 of this year, Filbrandt & Company staff members facilitated an indoor carnival for summer day camp attenders at the Salvation Army Corps Community Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Madison is the location of the company’s home office.
The 21-member Filbrandt & Company group volunteered to help at what the Salvation Army termed an “old-school carnival” in the facility’s gymnasium. About 40 children ages 5 through 12 enjoyed the two-hour carnival, during which they moved freely from activity to activity.
In their role as carnival workers for an afternoon, the Filbrandt & Company team performed the following functions:
- Monitored an inflated bouncy house
- Performed face-painting
- Helped children with crafts
- Set up and managed games such as bowling, tic-tac-toe toss played by throwing bean bags and miniature golf
- Challenged the carnival attenders in games of foosball
Following the carnival, the Filbrandt & Company staff served up bowls of vanilla ice cream covered with whipped cream and sprinkles to all the carnival attenders.
Debra Crye, volunteer outreach coordinator for the Salvation Army Corps Community Center, said the July 19 event was one of two specific types of volunteer opportunities available through the facility. Individual and small-group volunteer opportunities are listed on the Salvation Army website, and corporations looking for a larger group opportunity are invited to call Crye directly. That’s what Shirlene Chart, Filbrandt & Company operations manager, did earlier this year when exploring ways the company could perform team-building activities that focused on helping the less fortunate.
“With corporations, we’re seeing much more willingness to pay their staffs to volunteer,” Crye said. “Many times we work with companies who are trying to build a team.”
“This was an exciting opportunity for the (Salvation Army) staff, because normally we are involved all day in teaching and discipline of the kids,” Crye said. “When the Filbrandt & Company staff was here, we were all able to join the kids and your staff to just hang out and smile for a bit.”
For the children attending the summer camp and carnival, the chance to interact with adults from the business community “widens their social experience. They were excited to meet all the new people who were helping with the carnival.”
Regarding the performance of the Filbrandt & Company staff members as carnival workers, Crye joked, “I was in awe that you picked us over something like 6 Flags. You folks were so easy to work with. You really rolled with the punches.”
Crye invited anyone in the Madison area seeking volunteer opportunities to call her at 608-250-2218.