Skills-Based Volunteering

With Great Skills Come Great Opportunities to Help

Volunteering time can make a difference. Volunteering time AND talent – now that can change the world.

Insurance is a vast, sophisticated industry that demands great talent. And M3’s got it. Compelling communicators, coolheaded negotiators, masterful analysts of the details – these skilled professionals help our clients succeed. But M3 knows our communities have a need for those skills as well. And we want to help. That’s why M3 professionals get involved and volunteer their skills to local organizations that do crucial work.

IMPACT IN ACTION:

Time Well Spent: Serving a Community, Seeing a Bigger Picture

On a typical work day, you’ll find M3’s David Princeton at his desk, probably on the phone. As a property & casualty claims specialist, the core hours of the day are for his clients – and he wants to make sure he’s available. But when David turns off his computer and heads out the door, he’s often not done for the day. He’s off to one of his volunteer roles.

As chairman for the city of West Allis’s Board of Appeals, David and his fellow board members address issues related to building code enforcement. That often means dealing with the debatable gray area between the building code and real life – when residents request a variance, which the board either grants or denies. As David explains, “Like an insurance claim, every variance case is different.” On the other hand, “There’s the question of precedence. You’re always teetering on the proverbial slippery slope, and that’s something that I’m used to in my claims work at M3,” he says. David’s goal is to play a small but significant role in helping his community grow in ways that are both smart and fair.

David also serves as one of five commissioners for the city’s Police & Fire Commission. As a citizen oversight group, David and his fellow commissioners meet monthly with leaders of both departments. The group addresses – and influences – a range of areas related to police and fire department effectiveness. David wants to help in creating a safer place for his fellow residents to live; he says his “risk management mentality” helps him do that as a commissioner.

Contributing to the community he loves is a priority for David, and his roles in city government allow him to give back with skills that he’s acquired at M3. But there’s a bonus to this giving. David says the community involvement that M3 encourages actually makes his job performance better. Working in claims at M3 means working in what he calls the “promise fulfillment” department. And one of his major responsibilities, as he puts it, is “to oversee the keeping of promises.” David explains that participating in other real-world situations where questions of accountability, commitment, and compromise are relevant has made him “a better steward of those promises.”

Making a difference in the communities where we live and work – that’s the whole point of M3’s Community Impact efforts. If there are side effects to doing the right thing, that’s one risk we’re willing to take.