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Washington County Employees in Minnesota Get an Evening Surprise

Everyone knows how employees feel about mandatory meetings.  But what these Washington County Employees got when they showed up for theirs was much more than they’d bargained for!

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Boring mandatory meeting becomes action-packed charity workshop.

The participants in this workshop were called to a mandatory meeting.  And as if that wasn’t bad enough, it was from 6pm to 8pm!  Talk about recipe for resistance.  Needless to say, many of them were less than excited to be there…at first.

After a few of our trademark ice breakers to warm everyone up, we transitioned into some hands-on activities to get everyone in the workshop team-building mode.  Of course that was all leading up to assembling stuffed bears for a local charity.

Then everyone really got involved!  You could see the excitement on everyone’s face as they got more and more into the workshop activities.  There’s just something about doing something for a common good cause that brings everyone onto the same page and motivates them to do great things!


100 participants, 100 Rescue Buddies™

There were 100 people in this workshop, each and every one from some country department or another.  There were drivers, people who worked in the licensing department (hunting and fishing), auditors, and more than a few social services groups.  It was a very diverse mix, which made the workshop very exciting, too.

They worked to assemble their bears, which would go to Stillwater Crisis Family Services in Stillwater, MN.  We work at least a bare level of team building exercises into our charity workshops, so teams were building skills as well as bears.


Rescue Buddies™ were donated to local child protection services located in the same building.

Our workshop took place on-site, at the Government Center in Stillwater, Minnesota.  The benefactors of the donations were the Stillwater Crisis Family Services, another county office, which happened to be located right in the same building!

The event was a total success with many of the people telling our facilitator that they weren’t happy at first, but really enjoyed the event in the end. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as the charity representative talked about his agency and how much these stuffed animals will mean to kids in crisis.

All in all, it turned out to be a transformative evening in so many ways… from boring mandatory meeting to emotional ending where everyone had pulled together to do something good for the community.  That’s a win!