Milwaukee area employees of M&I, a part of BMO Financial Group, are setting out to make a difference. The week of June 4, approximately 766 employees will be taking time away from their desk to volunteer in their local community.
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity will benefit from the helping hands of M&I employees during the painting of porch railings for some of the 17 new homes Habitat is building this June. Employess will also assist in the installation of exterior siding and hanging of drywall. To date Milwaukee Habitat has built or repaired over 500 homes in partnership with hardworking Milwaukee families.
“Milwaukee Habitat is honored to partner with M&I employees again this year for its Volunteer Day. We look forward to an infusion of M&I helping hands to build homes for deserving families. The generosity of M&I employees has been such an important asset to Habitat and we look forward to deepening the partnership with BMO Harris Bank,” says Brian Sonderman, Milwaukee Habitat’s Executive Director.
In addition, nearly 100 employees will perform habitat improvements and remove invasive species at the Hank Aaron State Trail. Nearly 40 employees will spend their day packaging, labeling and sorting food at the Feed America warehouse which feeds the hungry in Milwaukee and South East Wisconsin. M&I employees will also volunteer at many other local community organizations.
These activities are part of BMO Volunteer Day in which 6,500 BMO Financial Group employees across North America will be participating in over 400 projects to improve their communities. BMO Volunteer Day is an initiative that encourages employees to recognize the needs of their local community, establish a volunteer project and mobilize teams to fill that need. This is the first North American-wide BMO Volunteer Day, which initially started with efforts at both M&I in 2001 and Harris and BMO Capital Markets in 2007.
“Our vision to be the bank that defines great customer experience goes beyond financial products and services,” said Brad Chapin, Executive Vice President, Personal Banking, M&I. “We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of those who live and work in the communities we serve.”