Making a Difference in the Heart of Our Community
With our heart at the foundation of everything we do, we are incredibly proud to reach out our hand to philanthropic organizations throughout the community – with special attention to those located in our immediate neighborhood. Our employees, the Badger Family, relentlessly dedicate their time and talent to longtime community partners, helping to strengthen our neighborhoods, inspire our youth, celebrate diversity, and enrich the community in which we live and work.
2020 Walk for Wishes
It was another record-breaking year for our Badger Mutual’s Virtual Walk for Wishes team! Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, like so many other businesses and organizations, has been impacted by the pandemic. Currently, there are 430 wishes in the pipeline, waiting to be granted once it is safe to do so.
To help grant as many wishes as possible during these unprecedented times, Badger employees rallied together to raise over $23,000 to grant wishes for Wisconsin children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Specifically, we were able to sponsor Jada’s special wish to have a camper.
Since Make-A-Wish Wisconsin’s founding in 1984, more than 6,500 children and families with life-threatening medical conditions throughout the state have experienced the transformative power of a wish.
Badger Mutual Lives United!
Employees donated over $28,000 to the United Way campaign in 2020.
United Way is a nonprofit organization that brings together partners from various organizations to work toward common goals, resulting in a better quality of life for all. Since their start in 1909, they have invested over $1 billion to solve our community’s most serious problems.
Badger Mutual Sponsors the Youth Wall of Fame and Teen Center
The Badger Mutual Wall of Fame, located in the United Community Center’s lower level, lines the hallway with pictures of UCC students recognized for their academics, extracurriculars, and community service. Each year since 1988, the judges, including a panel of school leaders and Badger Mutual employees, select five UCC students to induct into the Wall of Fame.
Badger Mutual is proud to recognize the accomplishments of these outstanding young leaders identified as the 2021 Wall of Fame Inductees:
- Perla Maritza Cerda is an eighth-grader at UCC Acosta Middle School who plans to pursue nursing, law, or economics/business in college.
- Samantha Flores is a junior at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School with a 3.72 GPA. She is active in basketball, cross country, Best Buddies, Furia Latina, Entrepreneur Club, and Campus Ministry.
- Saul Flores is an eighth-grader at Bruce-Guadalupe Middle School who currently holds a 4.0 GPA and is involved in the Triathlon & Mountain Biking Team. Post high school, he would like to study Aerospace Engineering at Stanford University.
- Anissa Hernandez is also a junior at Divine Savior Holy Angels who maintains a 3.6 GPA while participating in sports and community service activities. She is exploring careers in law enforcement, forensic science, or the FBI.
- Elizabeth Herrera is a sophomore at UW-Milwaukee majoring in Communications. She also plans to pursue her Real Estate License. Elizabeth aims to use her degree to help families find homes and is inspired to rehabilitate homes to help the community become stronger.
Wall of Fame – Where Are They Now?
Every year for the past 30 years, exceptional students have been selected for the Badger Mutual Wall of Fame. We are so proud of all of our Wall of Fame Alumni and excited to show them off!
The United Community Center (UCC) provides personal development programs to Hispanics and near-south side residents of all races and ages in education, cultural arts, recreation, community development, and health and human services in an effort to help individuals achieve their potential by focusing on cultural heritage as a means of personal development.
For the past six years, Badger Mutual chose the artwork of 10-15 talented student artists from Bruce-Guadalupe Community School & Acosta Middle School to be framed & featured at an evening art gallery at the United Community Center (UCC). In addition to the visual impact the beautiful artwork provides, each student’s piece reminds Badger and UCC visitors alike of the importance of patience, determination, and hard work. Beyond the gallery, the artwork can be seen on the walls of Badger employees’ offices, throughout the UCC, and on display at UCC silent auctions and fundraising events.
Through a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Bruce-Guadalupe Community School operates as an extension of the UCC and includes a K4 – 8th grade charter school within its campus.
Christmas Present Wrap Party
Badger Mutual volunteers helped the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee wrap thousands of presents in early December. Once all the toys are wrapped, they are distributed to more than 40 various Club Christmas parties so every child attending is guaranteed a present during the holiday season.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee has been helping local kids and teens since 1887. Today, it is the largest youth-serving agency in the city and has grown to be one of the largest Boys & Girls Clubs in the country. Their vision is to ensure the academic and career success of every member that walks through their doors.
Badger Mutual Insurance Women’s Amateur
The Badger Mutual Insurance Women’s Amateur held at the Brown Deer Golf Course is one of the largest amateur women’s tournaments of its kind in our area. We owe the success of the event to the Brown Deer Women’s Club, staff at the Brown Deer Golf Course, volunteers, sponsors, donors, and the golfers.
The Badger Mutual Insurance Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament benefits local charities including the Sojourner Family Peace Center and LOTUS Legal Clinic.
The Sojourner Family Peace Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services in Wisconsin, serving over 9,500 individuals every year. Lotus Legal Clinic provides free legal counsel to survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking.