Giving Back: The Hunger Task Force Farm

Bethany Neubauer, Project Consultant, and Scott Oakes, University Strategy Consultant, wash freshly picked lettuce.

Giving back to our community is a core value for the Digital Measures by Watermark team, so DMers recently spent an afternoon at The Farm, The Hunger Task Force’s 200-acre farm in Franklin, Wis. There, a small staff supplemented by local volunteers tend crops to grow the fresh produce that Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force distributes to its local network of food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

“At Hunger Task Force, we utilize over 16,000 volunteers a year,” said Sarah Anderson, Farm Community Development Officer. “Volunteers are what makes our farm run. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to operate.” In the past five years, The Farm has provided more than three million pounds of fresh produce to Milwaukeeans in need.

Stacy Becker, Client Success Manager, Julie Krueger, Office Administrator, Jimmy Pautz, Developer II, and Adam Mitchell, Developer I, pack lettuce for distribution to the Hunger Task Force network of food banks.

 

DMers Volunteer: Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Immersion Day

On a recent Immersion Day at Milwaukee Repertory Theater more than 700 middle school and high school students came together to learn about theater through demonstrations and discussions, followed by a matinee performance of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. Digital Measures volunteers were there to lend a hand. The Rep hosts more than 20,000 students per year, partnering with more than 250 schools for its Reading Residency program. The Rep hosts numerous Immersion Days throughout the year, which serve the culmination of the Reading Residency for students. Here’s a look at our day—thanks for the opportunity for DMers to share the love of theater with Milwaukee-area students!  Continue reading “DMers Volunteer: Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Immersion Day”

DMers Volunteer: Giving Back in 2017

Giving back matters. That’s why Digital Measures provides all DMers two paid days per year to volunteer and offers multiple community outreach opportunities to get involved.  And, DMers always step up contributing more than 1,000 hours to various non-profits.

In 2017, volunteers from DM:

  • Shared college experiences with high school students through College Possible
  • Staffed a phone bank for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
  • Got our hands dirty helping the Victory Garden Initiative, the Hunger Task Force Farm and the Urban Ecology Center
  • Collected food donations during a pre-Thanksgiving drive for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
  • Gave the gift of blood during a Blood Center of Wisconsin donation drive
  • Educated the community and led tours during Doors Open Milwaukee

And those are just the volunteer opportunities organized by DM. DMers also give their time to a range of organizations, from those helping animals to supporting the arts and other causes.

It’s deeply rewarding to give back to a community that’s been Digital Measures home for 18 years. Thanks, Milwaukee!

DMers Volunteer: Giving Back in 2017

 

 

 

Recently, DMers helped serve breakfast at The Gathering, an organization dedicated to feeding Milwaukee’s hungry.

Sharing Our New Headquarters With Doors Open Milwaukee Visitors

Digital Measures is proud to open our new headquarters on E. Buffalo Street to visitors for Doors Open Milwaukee, the annual two-day public celebration of Milwaukee’s art, architecture, culture and history taking place September 23-24. It’s exciting to share our newly completed space in the Third Ward with our fellow Milwaukeeans.

Our offices are part of an addition to Milwaukee’s historic Mercantile Building, built in 1908 by Alfred Uihlein. “The new structure is a modern interpretation of the original building, which blends the two, but also represents the future of the Third Ward,” said Matt Bartel, Digital Measures CEO and founder. “Our employees, called DMers, provided input every step of the way in the thoughtful design of this space. Our new footprint takes into account the various ways people like to work, fostering interaction and creativity in a comfortable, light-filled environment. At the center of our space we’ve also incorporated a two-story custom wall with mugs representing each university campus visited by a DMer, a reminder of our clients who are at the heart of the work we do each day.”

A key goal of our modern workplace includes having everyone on the same floor to create a sense of home for all. You won’t find traditional conference rooms, as the design approach is more of a lounge with residential finishes .There are several collaboration areas and a rare wrap-around terrace for work and break time. The “Union” area is the hub of activity, anchored by our kitchen stocked with food and drink where people naturally bump into one another.

Our new space is one of 170 buildings throughout the city participating in Doors Open, which is put on by Historic Milwaukee. Doors Open sites include commercial properties, sacred spaces, apartment buildings, breweries, art galleries, community gardens and more stretching from downtown to the surrounding suburbs, and the neighborhoods between. In 2016, more than 30,000 visitors participated in the event, a number that’s expected to grow this year.

“The Third Ward has been our home since the beginning,” Bartel said. “We’re happy to participate in an event that showcases the architecture and community stories of Milwaukee’s downtown and raises awareness of the critical role design plays in a vibrant and livable city.”

There’s more information about the event here. We hope you’ll come to see our new headquarters, 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-3pm Sunday!

DMers Tend Crops to Feed the Hungry in Milwaukee

DMers Tend Crops to Feed the Hungry in MilwaukeeVolunteers from Digital Measures recently spent an afternoon weeding and staking tomato plants, moving the pipes used to water fields, and hoeing the broccoli patch at The Farm, The Hunger Task Force’s 200-acre farm in Franklin, Wis. There, a small staff supplemented by local volunteers tend crops to grow the fresh produce that Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force distributes to its local network of food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Continue reading “DMers Tend Crops to Feed the Hungry in Milwaukee”