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What will you be doing this New Year’s Eve?

We hope 2017 has been a good year for all of you! The year is not quite over and there is an important holiday yet to celebrate. If you have family and are looking for a fun time to spend it together, we would humbly suggest My Family New Year’s Eve.

My Family New Year’s Eve is geared toward kids of all ages, and will take place at the Monona Terrace, KEVA Sports Center, Madison Ice Arena, and Hartmeyer Ice Arena. This year’s event will include a magic show, puppet show, Circus train rides, face painting, bounce houses, music, crafts, balloon drop and so much more!

Wind River is proud to sponsor My Family New Year’s Eve. We believe it is important to be active within our community and give back whenever we can. Our employees take great pride in their volunteer efforts and participating in local charity events. We look to support local efforts that are in line with the goals and values of our family business.

We were fortunate enough to be able to pick a local charity and donate 150 tickets to this great family friendly celebration. It was a tough choice with so many great organizations in the Madison area, but we choose the YMCA with their rich 125-year tradition of providing valuable programs and services throughout Dane County. Every day, they work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Have a great and safe New Year’s Eve, and we wish the very best in 2018!

Wind River volunteers busy all over town

Wind River volunteers have been busy all over Madison in the last week.  On Saturday August 2nd, a team from Wind River participated in Project Home’s 26th annual Paint-a-Thon, an event held to paint home exteriors for low-income homeowners in Dane County and surrounding areas.

Karla paintingJohn painting
Project Home provides a variety programs and services to help home-owners in our community with basic home repairs and maintenance.  Since 1989, Project Home has helped paint 500 homes in Dane County alone. The Wind River team helped to paint a home on Madison’s east side.  Thank you to Project Home for coordinating this great event.  Thanks also to our Team Leader, Monica, who guided us all to a successfully completed project!  (Monica is shown below with our site supervisor, Newman the cat.)

Monica Painting

On Monday August 4th, the Wind River team returned to the Ronald McDonald House in Madison to make a meal for families staying there.  The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families whose children are undergoing treatment at Madison area health care facilities.  Our group always enjoys making a meal at the Ronald McDonald House.  Their staff does a fantastic job of educating our group on their mission, and how preparing meals and other volunteer projects support that mission.

Ronald McDonald CrewBetsy and Helen at Ronald's house

If you have a group interested in making a meal or participating in another volunteer project at the Ronald McDonald House in Madison, contact their House Director, Tara Hensley at (608)-232-4671, or by email at thensley@rmhcmadison.org .



It is only natural that Wind River would bring the water!

It's only naturalIt’s been full steam ahead for Orchard Ridge Elementary School’s garden project! Since their application was accepted last spring, the ORE GROW team has been planning and preparing for the big build week.

One of the goals from the very beginning of the project was to make sure that all students would not only be included in the garden, but lead the project. On May 22 and 23, that goal came to life when Orchard Ridge students constructed a school garden that they planned and designed themselves.
Each selected school receives money from Madison Community Foundation (MCF) towards their outdoor classroom/garden build and technical/program support, expert resources, and complimentary sustainability workshops from the Grass Roots / Outdoor Wonder (GROW) Coalition.
Orchard Ridge Elementary School was extremely fortunate to also receive a monetary donation from Wind River Financial to cover the costs of installing a necessary water source near the school garden grounds.
All students and staff as well as families and community members were invited to be a part of the actual build days. The build was a student led event with adults taking the backseat. With ratchets, wrenches and buckets in hand, all 380 students participated in the build on both days: preparing the site (digging, excavating, raking, marking, laying cardboard), building raised beds and Leopold benches, laying mulch, filling beds with soil, planting seeds and transplanting seedlings from classrooms. The build was a very successful and moving event. All of the students saw all of their planning and preparations coming together into one large community project. They all saw their responsibility and place within the grand project.


Ronald McDonald House and Taking our Daughters and Sons to Work.

A team of Wind River employees recently volunteered at the Madison Ronald McDonald House , and made dinner for the families staying there. During our visit we toured their beautiful facility, and learned more about the Ronald McDonald House’s mission to provide a “home-away-from-home” for families while a child they love receives treatment in a Madison area hospital.Ronald McDonald House

It’s easy to see why so many individuals and companies in the Madison area are big supporters of the Madison Ronald McDonald House. Thank you to the Ronald McDonald House staff for spending time with our group, answering our questions and allowing us to be part of the work you do. We can’t wait to volunteer again!
Ronald McDonald House
Also, a big thank you to the kids who attended Wind River’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” event on March 24th – Noah Ford, Amanda Revolinski, Daphne Buan and Drew Buan. These kids assembled 18 activity bags for Wind River to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. The bags were filled with coloring and activity books, small toys, travel-sized games, and lots of other fun stuff, and will be given to children staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Our “Junior Wind River Employees” had a good time putting the bags together, and the Ronald McDonald House was very happy to receive them!
Ronald McDonald House