Alliant Energy Powers Volunteer Blitz
July 2018

​Energy companies are always looking for ways to make an impact in the community, but finding time to volunteer can be difficult.  Alliant Energy tried a new volunteering model, and made big impacts in the amount of time it takes to wrap a conference call.

Alliant Energy leaders were gathering in Madison, WI, for a meeting. During their short time together, they wanted to volunteer with local non-profits that Alliant Energy supports. However, they only had one day, and they didn’t want to waste time in traffic.

Someone had an innovative idea: Why not invite the organizations to the office and set up shop there?

It worked! Six non-profits set up volunteering stations at a special events facility near Alliant Energy headquarters, transforming a large banquet room into a volunteering factory. The day’s projects included bagging rice for Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, assembling teacher kits for Junior Achievement, building birdfeeders for The Nature Conservancy, writing encouraging notes for The Road Home, stuffing educational kits for United Way of Dane County and reviewing butterfly garden grant applications with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.

All told, Alliant Energy’s leadership team contributed about 80 hours’ worth of work in just 90 minutes– and identified a great model for making a big impact with limited time.