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.
Last summer we held a free, very impactful financial wellness session for our employees about estate planning. We will be bringing Peter and Shayna from Borakove Osman, LLC back to share their enlightening presentation for anyone who missed it. Topics include the difference between a will, trust, living will and revocable trust, avoiding probate, why it’s important to designate a financial and health care power of attorney, the questions you need to mull over in order to draft these documents, and more. On the same day, time, and place, we will offer an alternative, free financial wellness event. A Financial Planning 101 session will be presented by Matt Clooten from Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. The goal of his personable and interactive speaking style is to make the world of finances understandable and less daunting. He will get you thinking about your financial values and plans for your income including short-term and long-term goals, retirement, income protection, investment options, etc.
Please save the date for these FREE events on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM at the TeamSoft Office in Middleton, WI. Significant others are welcome and attendance will be worth one wellness credit per person!
March Madness is officially over and that means that the rankings for “TeamSoft’s March Madness 2015” pool are now posted. We had 35 people participate with a $10 entry fee and Brian Worden took 1st place receiving $100, Tammy Miles took 2nd place receiving $50, and Mike Burns took 3rd place receiving $25. As a part of our company culture of giving back to the community, half of the entry fees of $175 were donated to the Madison School and Community Recreation’s extramural basketball program while the other half was distributed to the winners. The TeamSoft Charitable Giving Committee also contributed a matching donation of $10 per bracket up to $300 which was met and we were also able to raise $239 at our March Madness Happy Hour during a fun basketball toss game. From all of these totals, we were able to raise $714 to help alleviate the entry fees for the kids participating in MSCR’s extramural basketball program! Thank you to everyone who filled out brackets this year and to everyone who helped make this possible. We look forward to next year’s brackets and the friendly competition.
TeamSoft has partnered up with Endurance House and starting now through December 2015 TeamSoft employees will receive a 12% discount towards most of their in-store products. Simply let the cashier know you work at TeamSoft and they will take that discount off your purchase. In addition, Endurance House will host two workshops for TeamSoft focusing on setting fitness goals and stress relief. The workshops will be held on Monday May 11th and November 2nd, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, at the Middleton Endurance House. Not only will you earn wellness credits for attending these sessions, you will also get a coupon for $15 off a new pair of shoes. More information regarding the workshops will be sent out as the dates get closer.
- 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
- TeamSoft Apparel Contest
- $3,000 Referral Bonus
- Sharing Wishes Payroll Deduction
- Begin the New Year in Style
- TeamSoft Winter Party
- Toll Free:(800) 698-TEAM