Briggs & Stratton takes education very seriously. Whether supporting our employees pursuing a degree or certification, providing internship opportunities to students or supporting a local school on Murray, KY, education provides a sound foundation for continued success.
Higher Horizons, Milwaukee Public Schools, WI
The Briggs & Stratton Higher Horizons Scholarship is awarded to Milwaukee Public High School seniors who have shown academic and social promise despite varied economic and societal challenges. The scholarship winners must provide proof of enrollment at a university, and proudly receive the award in front of their family and friends at a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game.
Getting Ahead of the Storm – Partnership with American Red Cross
When disaster strikes globally, Briggs & Stratton employees always want to help. Just three days before the start of 2012 hurricane season, Briggs & Stratton announced with the American Red Cross that the Company would deliver nearly $1 million of donated generators and pressure washers to 183 American Red Cross chapters nationwide. This allowed areas prone to hurricanes, tornadoes and other severe weather to be ready for recovery efforts before disasters hit.
“Briggs & Stratton’s donation of generators and pressure washers will help our chapters all over the country prepare for and respond to disasters by providing tools our teams can use to be ready to deliver critical services,” said Jerry DeFrancisco, president, humanitarian services of the American Red Cross. “The key to disaster relief is rapid deployment of assistance, and Briggs & Stratton’s generous contribution will help us meet immediate electricity needs after power outages and greatly enhance and quicken clean-up efforts Briggs & Stratton has been providing durable, reliable products for over 100 years and we are grateful for this.”
The Briggs & Stratton contribution included nearly 850 5500W Storm Responder Generators and more than 480 pressure washers. The equipment first started arriving at Red Cross chapters in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina, Virginia and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
After summer hurricane season, an additional fall shipment was coordinated and shipped to chapters in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New Hampshire. This donation was designed to assist with the winter storm season.
Powering the Vote after Superstorm Sandy
In late October, 2012, Superstorm Sandy whipped through much of the Eastern Seaboard, bringing millions of dollars in damage in its wake. Once again, Briggs & Stratton responded to the devastation by providing powerless Long Island, N.Y., residents with hundreds of portable generators to power polling stations on Election Day. The company collaborated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to distribute more than 800 portable generators in the area, which allowed Americans to cast their vote despite not having electricity at polling locations.
The Department of Homeland Security reached out to a Briggs & Stratton generator dealer in the Long Island area late last week in search of portable generators. Within the next 24 hours, the company’s regional sales managers had provided 804 generators transported by the truckload mainly from Briggs and Stratton dealerships in Maryland and Virginia. Just days before election day, the Homeland Security warehouse in Nassau County, N.Y., was filled with generator inventory ready to be mobilized for powering the polling stations.
Briggs & Stratton sales managers and technicians and 50 National Guard members were on-site throughout the weekend and throughout the days leading up to the election to organize shipments from the warehouse to polling stations.
“We were glad to be in a position to work with the Red Cross and help those on the East Coast who have been affected by Superstorm Sandy.”
Supporting Causes Close to Employees’ Hearts
Over the last 108 years, Briggs & Stratton has remained committed to communities through a variety of activities and events. The Company continues their contribution to communities through education, health and wellness, and civic participation, for many years to come.
Lee County Humane Society
The constantly active Auburn Plant Sustainability Team realized that the Lee County Humane Society had a huge need for donations ranging from pet food to trash bags. To mobilize their employees, they borrowed a large bin from a local supplier and executed a supply drive. The employee response was overwhelming, and as a result, the Lee County Humane Society’s residents were much richer!
For more information, visit:Lee County Humane Society
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
As the title sponsor for Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for its 20th year, Briggs & Stratton has raised over $16 million dollars for the organization. Briggs & Stratton takes the opportunity to encourage employees to participate in the run by offering training programs, as well as discounted registration for employees and their families. The on-site Fitness Center at the Milwaukee, WI campus also helps encourage employees to attain their fitness goals by setting up a training plan for the 8k run/5k walk. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin was recently ranked the fourth best children’s hospital in the nation, and Briggs & Stratton takes pride in supporting this top-notch facility right in our own backyard.
For more information, visit:Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
American Cancer Society
With over one million people in the United States alone that develop some form of cancer, The American Cancer Society has more of a need than ever to educate and work towards cancer prevention. In Murray, KY, employees participate in the Relay For Life which is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Each Relay For Life event is special to its community, but the movement’s true power lies in the combined commitment of thousands of participants, volunteers and supporters to help the American Cancer Society save lives from cancer. In Milwaukee, WI, employees participate in Lee National Denim Day to support the fight against breast cancer. Monetary donations are collected in exchange for a jeans day where employees dress in their pink attire in honor of breast cancer awareness month in October.
For more information, visit:cancer.org
Briggs & Stratton appreciates the local arts in the communities which we operate. In Wisconsin, for example, the Company supports the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), which is a non-profit organization that promotes the performing arts as a regional asset by seeking responsible investment and financial support. Other arts organizations that Briggs & Stratton supports include the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO), and First Stage Children’s Theater.
For more information, visit:UPAF.org
United Way – Murray, KY
Many of our regional locations actively support their local United Way chapter in many ways. In Murray, KY, for example, local employees support the Calloway County United Way through various fundraising efforts. In addition, Briggs & Stratton employees in several locations sit on the board of their local United Way, further supporting their communities.
For more information, visit:unitedway.org
MFDC – Helping Haiti
After the massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the small third-world nation of Haiti, killing over 300,000 people, Briggs & Stratton got involved. Laura Timm, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, worked with Haiti Partners, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education in Haiti, to assist with the donation. Timm stated, “The damage to Haiti was so significant and we were glad to be in a position to help. We continue to support Haiti Partners and their education mission to help Haitians change Haiti!”
Concurrently, our local operations wanted to help. “My phone rang off the hook after the earthquake asking what we were going to do to help,” Timm said. “I can always count on Briggs & Stratton employees wanting to help those in need. In Menomonee Falls, WI, where our Distribution Center is housed, employees did something truly amazing. They held several “food days” in which the proceeds went directly to Haiti Partners.” On one of the food days, Timm was asked to speak and show slides from her trip to Haiti after the earthquake. This particular event was well attended and successful at raising funds for Haiti Partners.
For more information, visit:haitipartners.org
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin has been a piece of Wisconsin’s community since 1941. The goal of Junior Achievement is to ensure that every child has an opportunity to obtain an understanding of the free enterprise system. Junior Achievement offers opportunities to children in kindergarten through high school to help them find a connection between what they learn in school and real world experience.
Junior Achievement provides opportunities in-school and after-school that focus on three key content areas: entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness. Junior Achievement of Wisconsin is ranked third out of 126 affiliates. Wisconsin is the only area awarded the Summit Award since 1987. This award recognizes program quality, customer satisfaction, overall management, effectiveness and financial solvency. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker awarded Junior Achievement of Wisconsin the 2011 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award that recognizes innovative implementation, demonstrated measurable results, collaboration with partners, ability to replicate and impact on need-based groups. The program is volunteer-based, with different levels of programs catered to each grade level that range from how to keep an account balance to balancing a checkbook.
Being involved with Junior Achievement allows for Briggs and Stratton to invest in the community and America’s youth.
For more information, visit:Junior Achievement
Tying it All Together – Power of Giving
Briggs & Stratton offers an opportunity to employees that helps improve the community. Employees of Briggs & Stratton can donate to the organizations nationwide with a program called Power of Giving. Power of Giving is a web-based program designed to invest in community organizations. Employees can choose to donate via payroll deduction or credit card deduction. Since 2012, Briggs & Stratton employees have raised over $500,000 for non-profit organizations.