Home   Ag Industry News

AEM donates to local charities

AEM donates to local charities

Being an active part of the community is important, Dennis Slater said

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

An industry organization is supporting its community through charitable donations.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., will donate close to $20,000 to non-profit organizations in the area.

AEM originally planned to use the funds to hold events during the Democratic National Convention. But when COVID-19 shifted in-person events to virtual gatherings, the organization decided to funnel the money back into the community.

“It’s a COVID story that has some good in it,” Dennis Slater, the president of AEM, told “Instead of asking for refunds from local businesses, we decided to look at giving money to non-profit groups that are in need.”

AEM staff provided suggestions on which organizations to support.

“Our staff has always been great with this sort of thing and came back with many great options,” Slater said.

One non-profit to receive support through gift certificates is Street Angels.

Angela Weller, middle, representing AEM, and members of the Street Angels.

This organization, located at 445 W. Oklahoma Ave. in Milwaukee, works to feed and shelter the homeless while also doing important advocacy work.

These vouchers will help ensure some of the community’s most vulnerable people receive a good meal and a warm place to sleep.

“Sadly, with the lack of adequate shelter space in our community, Street Angels sees anywhere from 100 to 200 people sleeping on the streets each night we are out,” Eva Welch, co-founder and director of Street Angels, said in a statement. “Thanks to the support from AEM and other community members, we can at least ensure the folks we see will not go to sleep wet and hungry.”

Other community groups that will receive AEM donations include:

  • Tandem 2020, which provides school tutoring and meals for students
  • The Guest House of Milwaukee, which helps prevent homelessness
  • Urban Ecology Center, which provides outdoor science education for urban youth
  • Journey House, which focuses on adult education and youth and family engagement

Community outreach is an important part of being a successful business.

Tomorrow’s business leaders see community support just as important as making the bottom line read properly, Slater said.

“All of our (member groups) said that you have to be part of your communities today,” he said. “You can’t just be here to do business. The next generation looks at the world a little bit differently and there’s a real movement about looking at everyone as one community and working together.”

Trending Video

Finding her path back to the Swine Industry each time with Dr. Miriam Martin.

Video: Finding her path back to the Swine Industry each time with Dr. Miriam Martin.

Dr. Miriam Martin is Director of Animal Health and Welfare from the North American Meat Institute.

We discuss how she grew up in Swine Production on a small Hog Farm in Missouri. We discuss her enhanced career path, and exciting things in store at her job at NAMI. We discuss her mentor Temple Grandin, and her time at Colorado and Kansas State University and learning about Swine behaviour and pain research. We discuss ASF preparedness, Safeguarding Animal Health and finally if we need to define a leadership strategy or outside box approach to move the Swine Industry forward.

About Our Guest Dr. Miriam S. Martin grew up on a ranch in Meadville, Missouri. Miriam completed he undergraduate degree in animal science at the University of Missouri where she discovered her passion for animal welfare. She earned a Masters in livestock behavior and welfare in Temple Grandin’s group at Colorado State University before enrolling in a Doctoral program at Kansas State University in August 2018. Miriam is the first recipient of the FFAR Fellowship in the history of Kansas State University. Dr. Martin’s doctoral studies focused on investigating pain and analgesic strategies in food animals. These studies resulted in the publication of 8 first author papers and 5 co-author publications. Miriam served as the Midwest ASAS Graduate Director and the CVM GSA Vice President. She is also the recipient of a 2022 ASAS Midwest Young Scholars Award. Dr. Martin successfully defended her Ph.D. on October 2021 and she currently serves as the Director of Animal Health and Welfare for the North American Meat Institute.


Your email address will not be published