November is Men’s Health Month and to raise awareness some call it Movember, others call it no-shave November, but at here at TeamSoft, it is once again Grovember!
Time to ‘stache away your razor and help the TeamSoft Charitable Giving Committee (TCGC) contribute to the Movember Foundation to fight the most common enemy to men: prostate cancer.
Guys, your part is easier than your normal morning routine: For each November day that you grow a mustache, the TCGC will donate $1 to The Movember Foundation. Ladies, your part is even easier – either encourage a guy family member to participate, or send us a creative, fake-mustache picture of your own and we’ll donate $1 for each picture.
Be distinguished, be intimidating, be your favorite mustachioed hero. Recruit your friends, family, or coworkers to join you -- the TCGC will donate for them, too!
The rules are simple:
- Shave cleanly and send us your “before” picture anytime during November.
- Post or send us periodic “update” pictures (or fakestache pictures for women).
- At the end of November, or on whichever November day you choose to shave, send us an “after” picture with a creative pose.
- It’s an honor system – just let us know how many days your mustache has grown.
- In the spirit of “Movember,” our Grovember team encourages mustaches over beards. At the end of the month, we will conduct a vote for the most creative picture.
- The winner will receive a certificate for a free shave from a local barbershop.
TeamSoft will be having our 8th annual holiday card drawing contest which will feature two lucky children’s drawings on the 2015 TeamSoft holiday cards! The theme for this year will be “Let It Snow-Man” with two winners being chosen by a panel of “TeamSoft Experts.” There will be two age groups: Children 5 and under and children ages 6 - 10. In addition to being featured on the TeamSoft holiday card, the winner from each age group will receive a $50 Toy’s R Us gift card! All other participants will receive a $10 Toy’s R Us gift card just for participating! In order to be eligible:
- Participants must be 10 years of age or younger and be a child of a TeamSoft employee or subcontractor.
- Drawings needs to be at least 5”x7” in size (the cards are 5”x7” so we will shrink down any drawings that are bigger).
- Entries must be turned into the TeamSoft office by 4 PM on Tuesday, November 3rd along with the child’s name and age (Attention: Nick, 1350 Deming Way, Suite 250, Middleton, WI 53562).
- Drawings may not include any religious symbols or phrases.
It is once again time for TeamSoft’s United Way Campaign. This year, we will be focusing our fundraising efforts on Porchlight, a non-profit that focuses on providing emergency shelter, food, employment services, and affordable transitional and permanent housing.
United Way Campaign Dates:
- You will receive your United Way packet the week of September 14th.
- We will once again host our United Way kickoff at American Family Insurance over the lunch hour with pizza on September 29th.
- As an incentive for turning in your pledge form, we have 3 exciting raffle prizes to choose from.
- In addition to the TeamSoft incentives, the United Way has their own raffle. The grand prize this year is a custom vacation package and a $1,000 cash card for travel expenses.
The TeamSoft summer picnic took place on a cool Saturday afternoon on August 8th at Vilas Park in Madison, WI. The event was catered by Flambé Gourmet which included a variety of food choices including vegetarian and vegan options. We also had a variety of activities including balloon animals, a live animal show, and a scavenger hunt through the Henry Vilas Zoo. There were a total of 12 teams that participated in the scavenger hunt with the winning team members receiving a Culver’s gift card.
We also held a fundraising event where we collected toilet paper due to budget cuts within the Salvation Army’s Family Stabilization Program. TeamSoft set a goal of collecting 200 rolls of toilet paper, but we were able to double that by collecting 412 rolls for the families! We appreciate everyone who came to this fun event and we can’t wait to see you at our next TeamSoft outing!
The TeamSoft Charitable Giving Committee recently made two donations to assist with the earthquake relief efforts in Nepal. The first organization, Sarvodaya USA, is currently sending all their donations to their sister organization, Teach for Nepal, which uses their schools and teachers as sources to deliver food and emergency supplies. The second organization is called Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF) which is providing medical supplies and supporting five international medical teams doing emergency work in Nepal. Their assistance to the victims in the Nepal earthquake has included providing generators, medical supplies, food, and logistical support for medical staff assisting victims. We hope our donations will help with the long-term recovery efforts.
TeamSoft once again sponsored a child from the Salvation Army’s Family Stabilization Program to attend an ID Tech Camp at the University of Wisconsin. This year’s recipient was Janiya, an 11-year-old girl, who took a course on mobile game design. In addition to paying for the course, TeamSoft also donated a TeamSoft water bottle and gas card so her grandmother could drive her to and from the class. Janiya had a great time and she had a lot to say about her experience:
Thank you for the opportunity of a lifetime experience. I chose to go to the Android and iOS Game Design camp because I wanted to know more about games. I went into the program knowing nothing, but now I can design a game anytime I want, plus brag about what I learned and made at camp to my friends. I learned how to make sprints and how to make my game character jump, run, and go forward, which are behaviors. My favorite part of the camp was making my game, Bobo and the Other Side, and meeting new people. I made a lot of new friends and was surprised how a lot of them were from different parts of the United States. I was also surprised how much we had in common. My instructor, Ace, showed me different strategies and helped me when I was having a hard time. He also showed me different behaviors and objects to make my character, Bobo, better. Bobo is a little blue alien trying to get to the other side. Altogether I made six levels and every level gets harder. I really liked walking to the University dining hall for lunch because the food was delicious and worth the walk. Thank you again for the opportunity. I hope to go back next summer.
A few months ago we announced that our 401k investment company, Great West Retirement Services, had merged with other investment powerhouses to create a new brand called Empower Retirement. This only affects you administratively: You will notice Empower Retirement at the top of your quarterly statements, if you call the existing customer service number the representatives will identify themselves from Empower, and they have a new website. If you have an online account for your TeamSoft 401k plan, please bookmark the Empower website www.empower-retirement.com/participant. As of August 2, 2015 the former Great West website (www.gwrs.com) will become inactive. The new Empower website comes with a more secure login process. The first time you log in through the Empower website you will be asked to verify or create contact information. Your next login will require you to confirm your identity by requesting an identification code be sent to you via e-mail, text or phone call. You can check the “remember this device” box to skip the verification code process when logging in from the same device in the future. Any time you log in on a new device you will go through the activation code process. To view the log in instructions for the Empower website, click here.
Don’t miss your opportunity to come to this year’s TeamSoft Summer Picnic! We will be hosting this event on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 12:00 PM at the Vilas Park in Madison, which is adjacent to the Henry Vilas Zoo. There will be live animals, a scavenger hunt, and balloon animals. We will also be featuring a buffet-style picnic from Flambé Gourmet, so make sure to bring your appetite!
Join TeamSoft’s Charitable Giving Committee (TCGC) for a volunteer event with REACH-A-Child on Tuesday, July 21st between 5 PM and 8 PM. REACH-A-Child is a Wisconsin-based organization who’s goal is to provide first responders with books and drawstring backpacks to distract and comfort children (age 2 – 12) on the scene of a crisis. Over the past seven years they have distributed over 350,000 books. The TCGC had a speaker from REACH-A-Child share stories from first responders about how the books really do make an impact. Arriving to the scene of a bad car accident, a paramedic was able to distract a child with a book while one of the family members who had died on the scene was removed from the car. The child’s focus was on the book, helping calm them down and avoid seeing these traumatic scenes. The TCGC feels this local non-profit has a great mission and approved a $300 donation to REACH-A-Child which will impact 40 children in the area. We have also set up a volunteer event and encourage our TeamSoft family to come out and give back to the community by helping sort books.
Family Fun in the Sun Packs:
We’ve set a goal of helping 40 individuals (about 10 families) have a fun day at the Goodman Pool this summer. Please consider donating a Fun in the Sun Pack to help us reach this goal!
A Fun in the Sun Pack includes:
- A Madison Metro Bus Pass (available for purchase at many local grocery stores including Copp’s, Hyvee, Metcalfe’s Market, and the Willy Street Co-op)
- A Beach Towel
If you’d prefer to make a monetary donation for a Fun in the Sun Pack, please write checks payable to Madison Community Foundation. In the memo section, write TeamSoft Sharing Wishes Fund.
Let’s work together to pool our resources! For every Fun in the Sun Pack (i.e. combined bus pass, sunscreen and beach towel) donated, the TCGC will donate a Goodman Pool pass to go along with it. Watch for updates on Social Media as we fill in one sun for each family of four that will receive a Fun in the Sun Pack.
How to Donate:
Donations can be mailed or dropped off at the TeamSoft office (1350 Deming Way, Suite 250, Middleton, WI 53562; ATTN: Lisa). Please contact Lisa at 608-829-7285 to arrange a pick-up at your client site.
You can also bring your donations to our May Wellness event on May 11th at 5:30 PM at Middleton Endurance House, the June Wellness event on June 3rd at the TeamSoft office at 5:30 PM or the TeamSoft night at the Madison Mallards on June 23rd (details will be sent out soon for this event)
Monetary donations can help with urgent needs. Please write checks payable to Madison Community Foundation. In the memo section, write TeamSoft Sharing Wishes Fund.
We will be collecting items for the Summer Wish List until July 15, 2015.
- The TeamSoft PsyclePaths
- TWO Financial Wellness Sessions on ONE Night: June 3rd!
- March Madness Bracket Fundraiser
- TeamSoft Partnership with Endurance House
- The TeamStep 250
- TeamSoft's March Madness Happy Hour
- American Cancer Society Sole Burner
- Signup for TeamSoft's Crazylegs Classic Team!
- TeamSoft Referral Bonus
- Sharing Wishes Spring Wish List 2015
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