By: Ariana Puentes, Work and Travel Employer Services Manager

While I just recently traveled to Door County, Wisconsin for the very first time, CCI Greenheart has had a long lasting relationship with Door County businesses and community members. CCI Greenheart places approximately 60 participants in 20 host organizations, so I was excited to see and know more about the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.”

During my visit, the Door County Visitor Bureau arranged a Social Security Sign-up Day for participants in their community. Representatives from the Social Security Office in Green Bay made the trek to Ephraim to make it more convenient for participants to schedule appointments to apply for their Social Security numbers and cards. The event connected representatives from all aspects of the Summer Work Travel program, including representatives from the Visitor Bureau, BRIDGES program, Green Bay’s Social Security Office, Appleton’s District office, and dozens of participants and host organizations. Between the two days they were able to help get 217 students signed up for their Social Security cards! Everyone was so welcoming and excited to meet each of the participants and, if each participant had to be driven to the Green Bay office to apply, they saved 32,550 driving miles; 1,302 Gallons of Gas (Figured at 25MPG) and at least 1,736 hours on the road.

The trip did not end there! In the evening, I attended a cultural excursion hosted by BRIDGES, a community organization that “provides friendship, assistance, and helpful services to the international students who come to work in Door County.” BRIDGES hosted a cook-out at and boat tour of Kangaroo Lake. As the boat traveled across the lake, it was great to hear from CCI Greenheart participants about their experience in the Summer Work Travel program! Unanimously, participants agreed that Door County is a wonderful place to spend a summer!

Are you interested in spending the summer working like the participants in Door County? Contact CCI Greenheart to learn more about the Work and Travel program!