Camping World ID event meets company’s community commitment
Camping World, which has a sprawling dealership in Saukville, has a corporate policy requiring all employees to log at least 32 hours of community service each year.
The company calls the initiative the Good Samaritan Program.
The name seemed especially fitting last weekend as employees helped with a community project called Operation KidSafe.
During the two-day effort, parents were invited to bring children to the dealership where digital photos and fingerprints were recorded on a free, take-home document.
Organizers said the digital fingerprinting equipment used is the same unit as used by the FBI and Secret Service.
Notices of the event were sent to every student enrolled in Ozaukee County schools.
In all, 192 digital records were created, offering parents a little peace of mind.
“It went very, very well,” said Bill Worth, the local store’s retail manager who coordinated the event.
“The folks from Operation KidSafe called to see if we were interested and we didn’t hesitate.”
Saukville and Port Washington police were contacted about being part of the event, along with the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department, and all agreed to lend their support.
“I asked each of them if they were interested in being involved, and they immediately responded, ‘Very much so,’” Worth said.
“If an emergency should ever happen, families can share their digital ID file with local authorities. We keep no record of the files that are made.”
The Saukville store opened in spring of 2014, selling campers and camping supplies in a 30,000-square-foot retail building on East Green Bay Avenue, just east of I-43.
Image information: KOREY GIERACH MADE digital fingerprints of her 1-year-old son Kole during Operation KidSafe, held last weekend at Camping World in Saukville. Organizers of the event said the finished product, a digital ID file, could prove valuable in the event of an emergency. Photos by Sam Arendt