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Real Men Wear Pink: Jim Knopf Raises Funds for the American Cancer Society
Marketing and Sales Manager Jim Knopf spends a few hours as a server to help raise money for the American Cancer Society
SERVPRO of East Brown County's very own Jim Knopf has been rather busy these past few days. Besides making sure our customers are getting the best service possible, he is spending his free time helping to raise money during the American Cancer Society's "Real Men Wear Pink Green Bay" campaign.
Real Men Wear Pink gives men a leadership role in the fight against breast cancer. Community leaders around the nation use the power of pink to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society's breast cancer initiatives, including innovative research, patient services, and education around screenings and risk reduction. It's one important way we're attacking cancer from every angle.
Real Men Wear Pink participants raise awareness and money to fight breast cancer. Of course, the top fundraiser receives an exclusive prize - and bragging rights as the #1 Real Man.
As a Real Men Wear Pink candidate, leaders commit to:
- Wearing pink throughout October
- Raising awareness for the cause through their social media networks
- Raising a minimum of $2,500 to help the American Cancer Society fight breast cancer
Jim is on his 2nd year with this particular ACS campaign. He joined other "Real Men Wear Pink" participants during the September 26th lunch hour rush at the Green Bay Texas Roadhouse where he worked for 2 hours as a food server to customers.
All the food costs were covered by Texas Roadhouse, while all the servers donated their time. 100% of every dollar earned from tips or generous donations went directly to the American Cancer Society. The total amount made at the Green Bay food establishment was $8,826, breaking the prior's years funds raised for a similar luncheon event.
For Jim to qualify to become a NATIONAL "Real Man" candidate, he must raise a minimum of $2,500. As of this morning, Jim not only hit that mark, he's raised a total of $3,381! That's quite the extraordinary feat Jim has accomplished so far and doesn't surprise his SERVPRO family. He cares deeply about this cause. It was a personal journey that led him to want to make a difference in the lives of people diagnosed with cancer.
Jim lost his mother and brother to cancer. He also has friends who have fought and who are fighting the disease. These experiences have left him with a passion for doing all he can to help raise funds towards finding a cure.
Every donation adds up. As little as $15 can provide a breast cancer patient with a ride to treatment. The money raised during this campaign will also help patients get the information and support they need, as well as help pay for things like lodging for overnight travel to treatment.
There is still time to help Jim continue to exceed his fundraising goal.
If you're interested in donating to a worthy cause, Jim would love to hear from you!
He has a website set up specifically for the American Cancer Society “Real Men Wear Pink Green Bay” campaign. You can donate directly to that site: http://bit.ly/2uXhF35
Or you can reach him by email atjknopf@SERVPROgreenbay.com.
Firework safety in our Green Bay community
Before we know it, July 4 will be here, and firework displays will start happening in our community. It’s important we stay safe and keep our neighbors and loved ones out of harms way. But how can we avoid danger? Around 200 people enter an emergency room due to firework accidents. Avoid a hospital trip by following these tips provided to you.
Fireworks Safety Tips:
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying
- An adult should always supervise children around fireworks
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person
- Back up at a safe distance before firing off fireworks
- Keep a bucket of water ready in case a fire were to start
- Avoid fireworks that are sold in brown bags, those are for the professionals
What About sparklers?
Did you know that sparklers burn up to 2,000 degrees? Sparklers are hot enough to melt through some metals. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing, and many children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet. Since sparklers are held in your hand, they are the easiest type of firework to injure you.
If you’d still like to enjoy the festivities, there are alternate ways to do. You can buy noise makers, balloons with confetti inside, or even a piñata. Keep in mind the safety tips that will keep you from harm when enjoying Independence Day.
If there is a fire in your home, remember SERVPRO of East Brown County is open 24/7/365 ready to serve you.
Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army
Jim and Bill bell ringing
It’s become a tradition for SERVPRO of East Brown County employees to volunteer as bell ringers for the Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay’s annual Red Kettle Campaign.
This year the marketing team, which includes Jim, Bill and Alex have been ringing for donations at the Festival Foods in Suamico on Tuesday afternoons.
The trio has been having a lot of fun getting out in the community for a good cause. They’ve been singing and ringing, talking to people and handing out candy.
It’s not just about having a good time though, the money raised through the Red Kettle campaign will go on to help thousands of families in Brown County throughout the year. The local Salvation Army provides all kinds of services to those in need from serving hot lunches every Monday through Friday, to organizing toy and coat drives, to assisting families with energy bills, to distributing food to the hungry.
The Salvation Army does a lot of good work, both locally and internationally and we are so happy to play a teeny tiny role in that great mission.
We recommend anyone who’s interested to consider bell ringing, even an hour of time can make a difference! The Salvation Army has a lot of hours to fill with ringers and the red kettles fill up much faster when there is someone ringing.
For more information on how you can volunteer, check out the Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay website here: https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/b946a969-edef-41a4-a666-fd4cf1e93bc8/3.
And if you see the SERVPRO team out there, stop, say hello and ask for a song in exchange for your donation…they will definitely sing for you!
Cleaning in the Community
SERVPRO crew following the road clean.
As we’ve written in the past, SERVPRO of East Brown County is invested in making the Green Bay area a better place and that includes doing adopt-a-road clean up!
We recently completed our second volunteer road clean of 2018 in Howard. The village assigned our team Pamperin Road and part of Velp Avenue at the start of the year.
A group of about 20 volunteers from team SERVPRO (along with some of our friends and family members) hit the streets for our first clean last spring…and phew, let us tell you, there was a lot of garbage that needed picking up!
We were out there for more than three hours and we collected more than forty very large bags full of trash.
As part of our commitment to the village, we’ve agreed to do this clean up twice a year: one in spring and one in fall.
So, last weekend, another group of SERVPRO volunteers set out, pounding the pavement, to clean up our streets.
We were in for a very pleasant surprise: the roadways were MUCH cleaner this time around! Thanks to the spring clean, our fall clean was a breeze. It took us about two hours this time and we collected about 15 trash bags full and while 15 bags is an improvement over 40 bags, we still hate to see even that much trash on our roadways.
Our crew certainly enjoys helping make the community a bit cleaner and brighter, and we recommend any local business or team get together and adopt a local road of their own. It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s really a great time. You get out, enjoy some nice weather and get to know your co-workers a little bit better.
And although we really do have a good time volunteering, we must ask all the drivers out there to please not litter! It takes everyone, working together, to make the community the best it can be.
Jim Knopf Named 'Ambassador of the Year'
Jim gives a speech after receiving the award for 'Ambassador of the Year.'
At SERVPRO of East Brown County we love to highlight the good work our employees do both on and off the clock. And you’ve probably noticed we spend a lot of time talking about our Sales and Marketing Manager Jim Knopf.
Jim is constantly volunteering with community organizations to make the Green Bay area a better place.
One project that is particularly important to Jim is his work as an Ambassador for the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce.
As an Ambassador Jim volunteers his time to help the Chamber reach out to current and new members and to make sure Chamber members are getting the most out of their membership benefits. You can also see Jim out and about in his green jacket helping at ribbon cuttings and other big Chamber events.
Last week the Chamber recognized the great work Jim does by honoring him with the “Ambassador of the Year” award. This is so exciting for us and we could not be prouder of Jim’s commitment.
Renae Schlies, the Vice President of Membership for the Chamber, spoke with us about why Jim was chosen for this honor.
Schlies explained that the top six Ambassadors were chosen on a point system and they were asked to fill out an application to be Ambassador of the year. From there, the Chamber’s membership committee used a scoring rubric to vote on the best candidate.
Schlies told us what makes Jim a good Ambassador, writing in an email, “Jim is a great ambassador for many reasons. He is very giving of his time to the chamber. He comes to almost all of the ribbon cuttings and events. We can always rely on him to support our members and our overall mission. He often refers people to the chamber and bringing in new members. He helps organize the ribbon cuttings and makes sure that everyone feels welcome at events such as the Business After Hours. He is also very giving of his time in the community for other non-profits. He is a very valuable volunteer/advocate for the chamber. We are fortunate to have him as part of the ambassador group.”
As for Jim, he was thrilled with the recognition. He is very excited and extremely thankful for the award and said that every one of his fellow Ambassadors who were up for it were more than worthy.
In his own words Jim said, “Winning the Ambassador of the Year Award is not just about winning the title, it makes me realize the work I do as a volunteer is a huge privilege, I have the backing of my company (SERVPRO of East/West Brown County). I get the opportunity to network with new and existing companies on behalf of the Chamber and, at the same time, get a chance to talk about what I do. I feel connected to my community and that I am making a difference through this work.”
SERVPRO of East Brown County is so proud of Jim and the team members are so lucky to call him a co-worker. We have no doubt he will continue this great volunteerism for years to come.
Reminders for Farm Safety Week 2018
Farm Safety Week
At SERVPRO of East Brown County, we serve more than just Green Bay and the surrounding cities. We know our community includes a lot of rural and farm areas. That's why National Farm Safety Week (September 16th-22nd, 2018) is so important to us.
And knowing that, we would like to take a moment to talk about safety on the farm. Farmers are some of the most hard-working, conscientious people out there and we understand they take safety very seriously each and every day. However, it never hurts to go through some of the big safety issues every once in a while!
The National Farmers Union (NFU) has a lot of great information for farm workers to stay safe and healthy while on the job. The NFU provides advice for several, potentially, dangerous situations on the farm.
Here are a few of those situations, with some safety reminders:
- Grain Bins – According to the NFU, Grain Bins accidents are a leading concern on farms. People can sink into, or become trapped by grain, leading to suffocation and other injuries. The NFU advises:
- Drying and cooling grain properly to ensure it stays in good condition, flowing smoothly.
- Be knowledgeable about proper grain bin entry procedures.
- Stay clear of grain augurs in operation.
- Use lock out mechanism to shut off power to augurs.
- “Tag Out” to ensure other works know someone is in the bins.
- Tractors – Tractors are an essential tool of the trade for farmers, but they can pose risks from accidents and rollovers. So, it’s important to take this advice:
- Ensure rollover protection structures are installed on all tractors (particularly those predating 1985).
- ALWAYS wear your seatbelt.
- ATVs – Like tractors, ATVs are often essential for farm work. They help workers get from point a to point b in an efficient manner. However, they also pose accident and rollover risks. So, remember:
- Children under 16 should never operate ATVs with engines over 90 CC.
- You must follow all the manufacturer’s safety guidelines.
- Single riders only…do not carry passengers.
- Wear a helmet.
- Ensure the ATV has lights and reflectors on it to ensure visibility.
- Livestock – Many Northeast Wisconsin farms are home to livestock like cows and pigs. These animals bring hazards with them, just like equipment can. The key is knowing how to handle them.
- Make sure to provide all herding animals with gentle guidance. Be a dominant, gentle leader. The NFU says cows, for example, follow simple commands like a hand on the back.
- Respect an animal’s “flight zone.” This is the area of personal space in which the animal is comfortable. It’s often 5-25 feet around the animal, depending on how often it’s handled.
- NEVER trust a bull. Always be on alert around bulls and work with the in two-person teams.
- Chemicals – Handling different chemicals often comes with the territory on farms. So, to avoid illness or injury, follow the NFU’s guidelines for doing so safely:
- Get proper training on the chemicals.
- Read any relevant safety material.
- Wear protective equipment like gloves and goggles, when necessary.
- Store chemicals safely.
- Always wash your hands after handling chemicals, even if you were wearing gloves!
- Fatigue -According to the National Farmers Union, the number one danger on a farm is fatigue. Being over-tired paves the way for accidents and injuries that might not happen otherwise. So be sure to get your rest!
So, during Farm Safety Week (and always), we ask that our local famers stay safe out there and know that we appreciate all you do!
Heading Back to School Safely
School Bus photo courtesy of FEMA
As the nights grow cooler and the leaves begin to turn, it’s hard not to notice more school buses and backpacks out and about.
August is winding down and it is, of course, back to school season! Depending on who you are it’s a time of year that brings joy or dread, but either way it’s here.
And as the students of all ages head back to the classroom, we wanted to provide some safety reminders for this incredibly busy time of year.
For students, parents and anyone else who will be out and about, it’s important to remember traffic on the roads and sidewalks will be increasing very soon! So, be sure to pay extra close attention. Here are a few tips from the National Safety Council (NSC):
- For Children Walking to School:
- Walk on the sidewalk. If you must walk on the road, walk facing traffic.
- Look both ways before crossing the street.
- Do not walk and text or talk on the phone.
- Do not run out in front of parked cars.
- For Children Biking to School:
- Always wear a helmet.
- Follow the rules of the road: obey stop signs and lights, ride single file on the right side of the road, stop before crossing the street and walk the bike across.
- Use hand signals when making turns.
- Wear bright/reflective clothing.
- For Children Riding the Bus:
- Stand at least six feet away from the curb while waiting for the bus.
- Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching it.
- Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before standing to exit.
- If you must cross the street in front of the bus, walk far enough in front of it to be able to see whether traffic from the other direction has stopped.
- For Drivers:
- Don’t block crosswalks.
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
- Take extra care and slow down in school zones.
- Never pass a vehicle stopped to pick up pedestrians.
- Never pass a school bus that is picking up or dropping off students.
Getting to school poses dangers on the road, but parents will want to be aware of possible dangers during the school day itself. For example, the NSC asks parents to be sure to buy their children proper backpacks to avoid any back pain or injuries. The council also advises parents run through playground and recess safety reminders with their young children.
From all of us at SERVPRO of East Brown County, we wish you a very safe, fun and happy back to school!
Northeastern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial
An earlier concept picture showing the reflecting pool and monument.
For several years there have been plans to build a veterans memorial in the Village of Howard.
This is a project that’s close to our hearts at SERVPRO of East Brown County. That’s because, not only, are we located in Howard, but also because our Sales and Marketing Manager Jim Knopf is on the Northeastern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Board.
The plan is to build a memorial on two acres of land at Howard’s Memorial Park. This specific memorial would honor veterans from 17 different Wisconsin counties.
On Wednesday, Brandon Bauer, an associate professor of art at St. Norbert College, presented a revamped design concept to the Northeastern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Fundraising Cabinet. (Our Jim Knopf is also a part of this cabinet!)
Bauer’s proposal took the original concept, which was a very linear design, and made it more interactive and educational.
Bauer’s design includes a central monument, a reflecting pool, an education center, an open-air amphitheater, an eternal flame, a nature observation deck, a gazebo and several individual conflict memorial sites interspersed throughout the park. Those individual conflict memorial sites would each be devoted to a specific war, like, say World War II. Each site would have information about that specific war, such as the names of the Wisconsin service members who lost their lives in that conflict.
Of his concept Bauer said, he thought about “really making this a destination,” meaning he wanted to incorporate as many elements as possible to draw in visitors and to give those visitors a good, educational experience.
At this point, the memorial is still in the early planning phase. So, it’s unclear what the ultimate cost could be. However, the Northeastern Wisconsin Veterans Board had previously set a fundraising goal of a little more than one million dollars. To date about $170,000 has been raised. The board is accepting a mix of public money and private donations and sponsorships to bring the memorial to life. Board members say they will also seek out grants to help with funding.
The next steps in the process are for the full board to review Bauer’s concept and for the Village of Howard’s engineering department to come up with a rough estimate of the cost of that concept.
The board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday August 1st at 9:00 in the morning.
For more information and to find out how you can donate, you can visit the memorial’s website here: http://newivetmemorial.org/.
Take Precautions During Extreme Heat
Extreme heat graphic from the CDC
In the Green Bay area, we are certainly feeling the heat as we get into the dog days of summer.
With the one-two punch of high temperatures and humidity, the weather can feel downright miserable. But, besides just being uncomfortable, the heat can present a lot of dangers as well.
According to the CDC, prolonged exposure to extreme heat can lead to heat exhaustion, which can lead to heat stroke, a potentially life-threatening condition. The signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale and clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; and fainting. The CDC says the signs of heat stroke are a body temperature of 103 degrees or higher, rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness.
If you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke or exhaustion, you must call 911 immediately and move that person to a cool location.
You can take several steps to prevent heat stroke and exhaustion. The first is to stay inside a cool location, if possible.
If you absolutely must be outside in the heat, experts advise wearing loose and light-color clothes, staying hydrated, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and applying sunscreen often.
Ready.gov also advises you follows these tips to prepare your home for extreme heat conditions:
- Install window air conditioners snugly.
- Check air conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
- Install temporary window reflectors to reflect heat back outside.
- Weather-strip doors and windows to keep cool air in and hot air out.
- Cover windows with drapes, shades or awnings.
- Keep storm windows up year ‘round.
If you can, try to check on anyone you know who is homebound to ensure they’re safe when the heat rises.
And remember, pets face the same dangers we do when it’s hot outside. So be sure to check on them, keep them inside and give them plenty of water.
Summer is a fun time of year, so enjoy it, but keep yourself and your loved ones safe!
Jim Knopf Volunteers with American Cancer Society
Anyone who knows our Sales and Marketing Manager Jim Knopf knows he is extremely devoted to his community. Jim is a part of non-profits across the Green Bay area and spends much of his time outside of SERVPRO doing volunteer work.
Jim’s latest endeavor is working with the American Cancer Society. Jim will be raising money to be a part of the “Real Men Wear Pink Green Bay” campaign.
By taking part Jim has pledged to raise at least $3,000 for “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.” He has also pledged to wear (at least a little bit of) pink every day for the month of October.
If Jim is to qualify to become a NATIONAL “Real Man” candidate, he must raise a minimum of $2,500. So, he definitely has some work to do!
Luckily, Jim is not afraid of a little hard work.
He cares deeply about this cause, saying “the American Cancer Society is an amazing and worthwhile charity” he believes in very strongly.
Jim lost his mother and brother to cancer. He also has friends who have fought and who are fighting the disease. These experiences have left him with a passion to do all he can to help find a cure.
Every donation adds up for “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.” As little as $15 can provide a breast cancer patient with a ride to treatment. The money raised during this campaign will also help patients get the information and support they need, as well as help pay for things like lodging for overnight travel to treatment.
If you’re interested in helping Jim reach his fundraising goals, he would love to hear from you! You can reach him by email at jknopf@SERVPROgreenbay.com.
Summer Safety for Hot Cars
Graphic from the NHTSA
Our final installment in this early summer safety series with Jason Weber is all about hot cars. The bottom line of this blog? Do not leave children or pets in a car when the weather is warm.
As a reminder, Jason Weber is the Vice President of the Wisconsin Crime Prevention Practitioners Association. He shot a brief video with SERVPRO of East Brown County recently, just reminding people that it is extremely dangerous to leave ANYONE in a hot car, even for a few minutes.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 744 children have died in hot cars since 1998. The NHTSA says about 3 in 10 heat stroke deaths happen when children gain access to unlocked cars on hot days.
So, it’s a good idea for parents and caregivers to always keep their cars locked to ensure children don’t climb inside and get locked in. The NHTSA also recommends parents with children in car seats take a stuffed animal along for car rides, leaving it on the front passenger seat as a reminder there is someone in the car seat in the back. Always check to make sure everyone is out of the car!
Weber says even if you’re only planning a quick stop, take your child or pet inside. The temperature inside a car can rise 20 degrees in 10 minutes. On days that are around 60 degrees, the temperature inside a car can reach above 110 degrees. It is always better to be safe than sorry!
Even though the Green Bay area is known as the “Frozen Tundra,” our summers can get very hot and humid. So, please make sure you children and pets are safe when it comes to hot cars!
Meet Brandon Sweeney: Production Technician at SERVPRO of East Brown County
For this week’s profile feature, we are pleased to introduce production technician and crew chief Brandon Sweeney. Brandon has worked at SERVPRO of East Brown County for about a year and a half.
Brandon is one of the people you may meet if you need our help at your home or business. He is qualified to do just about every job you can imagine: from cleaning up after water losses and fire damage, to carpentry, assisting in reconstruction after a clean up job. Brandon describes himself as a ‘jack of all trades!’
Brandon says he likes working here because of the people, most of all. He says the SERVPRO team is made up of “really good people,” who are great to work with.
Brandon has some very exciting news! He just married his (now) wife Tierney about a week ago in a beautiful ceremony at Heritage Hill. Brandon and Tierney have a three-year-old daughter.
Outside of work Brandon says he most enjoys spending time with his family.
Brandon is originally from Green Bay and says he loves living here because of the Packers!
Summer Safety for Keeping Your Property Safe from Theft
We’re into our third week talking with Jason Weber, the Vice President of the Wisconsin Crime Prevention Practitioners Association. This week, Jason has some advice for folks to keep their property safe from theft this summer.
Jason says the warm weather can bring with it a rise in so-called “crimes of opportunity.” Those tend to be thefts from unlocked cars, garages and homes. He tells us many thieves won’t waste time or energy trying to break into a locked vehicle or building, rather, he says, those thieves are much more likely to go for an easy (unlocked) target.
So, a simple solution is making sure you lock up every, single time. Lock your car doors when you’re out and about, lock your car doors when you’re at home. Also, be sure to close and lock you garage. In addition, Jason advises always locking your house doors and windows, and having some outdoor lights on at night to deter thieves.
Jason says it’s a good idea to take things a step further and remove all temptation for would-be thieves. This means taking any valuable items out of your car, or at least hiding them in the trunk. He tells us it’s a good practice to also try to avoid having any valuables in plain sight in your garage or home.
As the weather warms up, be sure to play it safe with your property this summer!
Summer Safety for Playing Online
Summer break is just around the corner for school kids of all ages and that means many will have a lot of extra free time on their hands.
With that free time, children and teens may find themselves turning to their phones and other electronic devices, spending more time online.
This week, Jason Weber, the Vice President of Wisconsin Crime Prevention Practitioners Association spoke with SERVPRO of East Brown County about online safety for the kids this summer.
Jason says, first of all, it would be ideal if parents can have their children limit their screen time. He says it’s great to get online, talk with friends and play some games, but that it is important to be active as well. Jason encourages getting outside to play.
Jason advises that when you do get outside, leave the phone alone. He says too often young people are so distracted by their phones when they’re out and about they can injure themselves by walking into things like trees and trashcans, or even into traffic.
When it comes to online activity, however, Jason says there is really one rule above all that EVERYONE should follow. That is only speaking to or playing games with people that you know. Children, in particular, should only interact with friends they’ve met in real life or family members.
There are too many people out there with ulterior motives. Jason says making sure your kids know who they’re talking to can cut down on the danger significantly.
However, Jason reiterates, that it’s a good idea to limit screen time this summer and get outside and enjoy the great weather!
Summer Safety for Playing Outside
We at SERVPRO of East Brown County have teamed up with Jason Weber to put together some summer safety video and blog reminders. Jason is the Vice President of the Wisconsin Crime Prevention Practitioners Association.
For our first topic Jason spoke with us about safety for children playing outside this summer.
Jason says the first and most important thing for kids to do is to let their parents and/or guardians know where they’re going. If they’re headed to the park, tell mom and dad where and when they plan to leave and plan to get home.
Jason tells us it’s also very important for children to use the “buddy system” when they head out to play. That means going with at least one friend, because there is safety in numbers!
Jason advises that children take note of the rules at parks and playgrounds and follow them to stay safe. If the rules say you shouldn’t climb up the slide, don’t do it! By following the rules kids can avoid injuries.
Jason has some advice for bike riding too. He says children need to make sure to follow the rules of the road on their bikes and try to ride on safe trails when possible. Wearing helmets is important to avoid serious injuries as well! Finally, Jason says, if a child is going to be biking late in the day, he or she should make sure to have reflectors and/or lights on their bike in case it gets dark!
Above all, we want to wish everyone a very safe and happy summer! Have fun out there!
What Does the Chamber Do?
The Chamber logo
As a member of the Brown County and Green Bay area communities, SERVPRO of East Brown County likes to make sure it is fully involved in those communities. That means forming meaningful relationships with some of our fellow community organizations.
One particularly important and rewarding relationship is the one we have with the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce.
For those who are curious about the Chamber and what it does, we decided to get together with the organization’s director of membership and retention, Renae Schlies. In addition to answering some of our questions, Renae did a little video with us explaining the Chamber’s work. You can watch that video here on our website, or on our social media pages!
But back to the matter at hand, what does the Chamber do? Well, the short answer is…a lot!
Renae tells us there are several arms of the Chamber from government affairs, to economic development, to workforce development.
Perhaps most importantly, she says, the Chamber brings people and businesses together. The organization has nearly 1,200 member-businesses, representing about 86,000 people. That means there are many opportunities for networking and marketing business to business.
To help facilitate these connections, the Chamber offers several events throughout the month from a Power Networking Breakfast, to after hours get-togethers. The Chamber also promotes and facilitates ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings for members.
Under the government affairs arm, the Chamber has a lobbyist on board who can look out for local business interests as political decisions are made.
When it comes to economic development, Renae says the Chamber has a strategic plan for keeping the area business climate vibrant and growing. One example of the work it does is that it has an incubator program through Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
As for workforce development, according to Renae, the Chamber has a mission to keep good talent local and to attract new talent to the area. The Chamber works on this mission through programs like the Young Professionals group and the youth apprenticeships with area schools.
These are just a few examples of the work the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce does.
As for SERVPRO of East Brown County, we find being a part of the Chamber is beneficial to our team. Membership makes us more credible to potential clients. Customers know we’ll be able to provide quality work, because we have such a large network backing us up.
The connections and relationships we’ve been able to build with fellow, local businesses and organizations are extremely valuable. We are able to get our name out there and market ourselves, not only at networking events, but with every individual connection we make as well.
Our sales and marketing manager, Jim Knopf is very involved with the Chamber. He is actually an ambassador for the Chamber.
We spoke with Jim and Renae about the ambassador program and we’ll bring you a video and blog about that for this week’s Profile Friday. Be sure to check back in for that!
Meet the Chamber Ambassadors
The Chamber logo
Instead of introducing you to one of our employees this week, we’re profiling the Chamber Ambassadors.
The Chamber Ambassadors are a group of about 35 volunteers who work with the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce.
In a previous blog and video posting we spoke about the Chamber, what is does and why we’re members. This is an extension of that and you can also watch a video about the Ambassadors on our website and social media pages! For that video and for this article we spoke with Renae Schlies, the director of membership and retention for the Chamber, and with SERVPRO of East Brown County’s sales and marketing manager Jim Knopf, who is a Chamber Ambassador.
Schlies tells us the Ambassadors are a great asset to the Chamber, because they help keep the Chamber connected with its business members. Ambassadors are responsible for meeting with members, inviting members to events and encouraging members to engage with and invest in the Chamber. The Ambassadors ensure Chamber members are getting the most out of their membership by connecting members to all the resources the Chamber offers.
Schlies says Ambassadors also represent the Chamber at ribbon cutting, ground breaking and grand opening ceremonies.
Finally, the Ambassadors host the Chamber’s Business After Hours networking events and the annual Chamber Classic Golf Outing.
As we mentioned, our own Jim Knopf is an Ambassador.
Jim tells us he enjoys the volunteer gig and says it’s beneficial to SERVPRO of East Brown County and the work he does for us.
Jim says when he meets with other businesses or goes to a ribbon cutting, he’s representing the Chamber, but he’s also representing SERVPRO. So, he’s able to network and market our business during those calls and events.
According to Jim, having a Chamber Ambassador on our team and being a Chamber business member adds credibility to our name.
The Ambassadors wear signature green blazers when they’re out at official Chamber events, so you’ll know them when you see them! And if you happen to see Jim, tell him hello, he loves meeting new people!
A Different Kind of Cleanup
The crew before starting out on the roadway cleanup.
At SERVPRO of East Brown County we’re used to cleanups of all kinds, from fire and water damage to biohazard and mold remediation.
However, we recently took part in a clean of a different kind: we adopted a roadway in the Village of Howard close to where our office is located.
About 15 of our team members, along with a few friends and family, volunteered picking up trash along a few miles of roads near our building. We spent about three hours filling about 40 large trash bags full of garbage.
This was a great team-building opportunity for us to work together in a different kind of environment and do something good for our community.
At SERVPRO we appreciate how much this community does for us and we like to give back when we can. This road cleanup was just one way. We’re happy to help keep our hometown cleaner and greener.
It was hard work, but we were lucky to have spent a few hours outside, talking and laughing together…and we lucked out with great weather! (Oh, and the boss got us pizza afterward, so that was an excellent way to wrap things up!)
Next time you’re driving through Howard, maybe you’ll see our ‘Adopt a Roadway’ sign on Velp Avenue!
Serving East Brown County
SERVPRO of East Brown County takes pride in serving our communities in their time of need.
As new owners of SERVPRO of East Brown County 5 years ago, my wife and I were surprised at the emotional connection our employees would form with various customers in what is usually a high time of need and trouble in their lives. It is the human element that is so very important at these times. Whether it is flooding, sewage backup, mold, fire, smoke or biohazard cleanup, each client is facing an uncommon disaster to them that is typically affecting their home or business in a very negative way. We get called in right after a fire that may have burned up many family possessions and memories. We get called in after a sewage backup floods the entire lower level of a finished basement with harmful bacteria on the structure and possessions. We get called in after a death in the family where the family is experiencing tremendous sorrow and grief.
It is our job to comfort our customers with kindness, understanding, and professionalism. It is our duty to take control of the disaster and put customer’s minds at ease knowing we have the knowledge and experience to pick up the pieces and put things back together. It is our opportunity to serve those around us in our communities. It is a pretty amazing business that we can help people on a daily basis.
Because we do get to do this daily in East Brown County and other communities like Green Bay, De Pere, Manitowoc, Two Rivers, and Sturgeon Bay, we are humbled and grateful our communities depend on us 24 hours a day and 365 days a year and call us in their time of need.
Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army
SERVPRO of East Brown County volunteers for the Salvation Army.
Our Sales and Marketing Staff of SERVPRO of East Brown County, Bill Kupsh and Jim Knopf, joined forces with the Salvation Army to ring the bell for donations to this worthy cause.
Because volunteers give generously of their time, talent and energy on behalf of the disadvantaged, the Salvation Army is able to help thousands of Brown County families, children, individuals and seniors each year. They rely on volunteers to help every day, from serving a hot lunch Monday through Friday, to the special gift of time during the busy holiday season when they need nearly 10,000 hours of support by bell ringers alone.
Volunteers come to The Salvation Army as individuals, families or community organizations. Volunteer opportunities can be either short or long-term commitments. Much of the volunteer work is seasonal, helping with the many programs of The Salvation Army at Christmastime including toy, coat, and food distribution and bell-ringing.
Services of The Salvation Army continue year-round because they are committed to Doing the Most Good for those in need. Ongoing volunteer opportunities include working with young people at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center, helping with feeding programs for people of all ages, lending a hand in The Salvation Army’s food pantry, staffing The Salvation Army Thrift Store, assisting in the Senior Program or being an on-call driver for various needs as they arise.
The Salvation Army’s volunteer coordinator, works with groups and individuals to match their interests and needs with those of The Salvation Army. Our prayer is that volunteers experience joy and satisfaction as they continue to share their resources with others. If you are seeking a meaningful way to serve others, The Salvation Army would love to have you aboard.
Jim Knopf of SERVPRO Raises Over $27,000 for Red Cross in Green Bay
Jim Knopf Wins the Mirrored Ball Trophy at the Red Cross DWOS Fundraiser in Green Bay
It was a night of dancing and fundraising for the American Red Cross in Green Bay Saturday night, February 25th. SERVPRO of East and West Brown County's Sales and Marketing Manager, Jim Knopf, took home the top fundraising trophy of the night out of sixteen dancers at the event. Jim danced in the Dancing With Our Star's event and raised over $27,000 to benefit the American Red Cross. SERVPRO of East and West Brown County was proud to help sponsor Jim and be part of a great night for the Red Cross as over $206,000 was raised in total. SERVPRO is really excited to be a true partner with the American Red Cross in helping our communities with disaster relief and in the time of emergency service needs.
SERVPRO of East and West Brown County Fireworks Tips
SERVPRO fireworks tips in Green Bay, WI
Did you know fireworks cause nearly 20,000 home fires every year? Don't let your relaxing holiday weekend turn into a statistic. Just last 4th of July SERVPRO of East and West Brown County was called on to mitigate and restore a garage fire that was caused by throwing spent fireworks instead a trash can inside a detached garage. The homeowners had a small family gathering and it is thought that one of the childrens disposed of a sparkler in the trashcan after it was extinguished. Apparently a hot ember was enough to smolder for hours before it finally broke into flames in the middle of the night and caused the whole garage to catch fire. Accidents happen but please be extra careful this Independance day with both your personal safety and the safety of your property. We at SERVPRO of East and West Brown County wish you all a great holiday and are always here when you need us for your fire, water, mold and biohazard needs!
SERVPRO Of East and West Brown County Holds CE Event
SERVPRO Of East and West Brown County Holds CE Event
SERVPRO of East / West Brown County recently hosted an all day CE event for the Restoration and Insurance Industry. Nearly 100 registered agents, adjusters, property managers and staff were treated to a continental breakfast and a full lunch as they learned the science and processes behind restoring contaminated buildings and drying wet structures. In addition, an ethics class rounded out the day. These CE classes are designed to give property managers and insurance agents a better knowledge base regarding emergncy water services and how to better help their custoers and properties. SERVPRO is pleased to be an industry leader in educating how we make sure customers are completely satisfied and have their homes and businesses returned to a "Like it never even happened" state. We thank our sponsors and partners Sherwin Williams, CRDN, and ERS for their support.
SERVPRO of East and West Brown County Presents Raised Funds to American Red Cross
SERVPRO of East and West Brown County sales team presents the funds raised at our open house and fundraiser for the American Red Cross.
The results are in! SERVPRO of East and West Brown County held an open house and Fundraiser for the American Red Cross earlier this month. In addition to celebating our new building and location, the goal was to support the American Red Cross with a fundraiser. $1,150 was raised and presented by our sales team of Jeremy Meyers and Jim Knopf to Steve Hansen, the chapter executive of the Wisconsin region. A special thanks to all our sponsors for helping make this event happen. We are happy to help the American Red Cross as our partner in emergency disaster relief. The American Red Cross and SERVPRO have a unique partnership as we both deal in helping people pick up the pieces after a devastating emergency like storm damage, water damage, or fire disasters. We are especially happy our employees, customers and local nieghbors supported our event and that we inturn are able to further support our local branch of the American Red Cross.
SERVPRO Open House and American Red Cross Fundraiser Aug 5
SERVPRO of East and West Brown County Open House and Red Cross Fundraiser August 5
SERVPRO of East and West Brown County will be holding an open house and American Red Cross Fundraiser on August 5th at the site of our new location of 2225 Pamperin Road in Green Bay. We recently moved into our new 16,000 square foot facility in the Howard business park and we are excited to show you our new place. At the same time we are serving food from 11-4pm that day as a fundraiser for the Red Cross. SERVPRO and the Red Cross have a partnership across the United States in providing disaster relief efforts. While all food is free at our open house, we are asking for donations in support of the Red Cross. 100% of money raised will go to the American Red Cross! We thank our sponsors of the day' CRDN, ERS, The Marq, Country Hearth, and Zesty's. You may donate the day of the event or go to gofundme.com/SERVPRO-RedCross today and donate to help the Red Cross help your community.
SERVPRO of East/West Brown County Holds Day of Continuing Education Classes for Insurance and Property Management Community
Over 100 attendees of the Insurance and Property Managers Community Earned Continuing Education Credits Through SERVPRO of East/West Brown County.
SERVPRO of East/West Brown County held a day of Continuing Education Classes for the Insurance and Property Management Community on March 26th, 2015. With over one hundred agents, adjusters, realators, and property managers present, it was a great day for all. Continuing education credits were awarded for a two hour Restoring Contaminated Buildings course, a 2 hour Restorative Drying for Water Damage Course, and a 3 hour Ethics Course. We thank our partner vendors CRDN and Sherwin Williams Paint for providing Lunch and breakfast to all attendees. We also thank Blue Harbor in Sheboygan for the one night stay giveaway and other businesses that provided door prizes. We look forward to our next CE event coming in October. Stay tuned for details this summer.
SERVPRO of East and West Brown County hold CE Classes for Insurance Community
SERVPRO of East and West Brown County CE Classes were well attended by agents and adjusters from Sheboygan to Shawano.
On April 3rd, 2014 SERVPRO of East / West Brown County hosted an all day CE event for the Restoration and Insurance Industry. 73 registered agents, adjusters and staff learned the science and processes behind restoring contaminated buildings and drying wet structures. In addition, an ethics class rounded out the day. SERVPRO is pleased to be an industry leader in educating how we make sure customers are completely satisfied and have their homes and businesses returned to a "Like it Never Even Happened" state.