Donate Time with WRA
There are countless ways to make meaningful contributions to the restaurant industry as a volunteer. You can be a chapter leader, work with high school students, testify at public hearings on issues critical to the restaurant industry, help support community outreach programs and more.
WRA has chapters throughout the state that create communities of restaurant industry folks to provide networking opportunities and further the state association’s goals on a local level. There are opportunities to volunteer at chapter events in your area or as a chapter leader.
WRA holds many events throughout the year that help support the association’s mission and provide the chance for restaurant industry professionals to network with each other. There are countless opportunities to volunteer in many aspects of these events. Planners and doers are needed.
Let Your Voice Be Heard
The Wisconsin Restaurant Association has a lobbying team who represents the interests of restaurant operators on the local and state level. The National Restaurant association fights for restaurants on the federal level. The most powerful way to influence lawmakers is for restaurant operators to tell their story and explain how proposed legislation will affect their business. In-person testimony as well as email, letters and calls from restaurant operators are critical to WRA’s lobbying efforts. WRA is always looking for restaurant operators who are willing to testify at public hearings or contact lawmakers on issues affecting the restaurant industry and small business. Your help is invaluable.
Kitchen Cabinet - Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Kitchen Cabinet is a working group of informed, active and motivated members in the restaurant community who are helping to support and strengthen Milwaukee by partnering with local neighborhoods and organizations. Restaurant professionals are encouraged to join this group and volunteer for events and initiatives serving the Milwaukee area community.
WRA Board of Directors
The WRA Board of Directors is comprised of restaurant operators and supplier reps from around the state. The WRA Education Foundation is comprised of individuals who are foodservice operators, educators and industry suppliers. Both Boards direct staff and set the policies for the organization.
Let us know if you have interest in participating on the WRA Board of Directors or the WRA Education Foundation Board of Directors and we can send you an application when there is an opening.
The ProStart program is a high school curriculum and mentoring program designed to introduce students to the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. ProStart is currently in over 100 schools in Wisconsin, serving 6,300 students. There are many volunteer opportunities available to make a lasting impact.
Students need mentors like you. Consider mentoring a student. It can be as simple as offering advice or providing educational experiences for students.Contact Connie
ProStart students have committed themselves to the industry and are armed with the foundational skills for success in a variety of foodservice and hospitality management roles. Many restaurant businesses have found ProStart students to be motivated employees who become some of their best performers. The ProStart program helps match students with employers in their area who are looking to hire.Contact Connie
When the industry unites with the classroom, students benefit from their expertise and experience. Industry professionals can make a profound impact by working with a local high school’s ProStart program:
- Be a guest speaker
- Conduct a hands-on demo
- Offer a field trip to your place of business
- Help mentor a ProStart Invitational culinary or management team to prepare for the state competition in March
This ProStart Invitational, a competition for students participating in a ProStart program at their high school, offers a chance for students to show off their culinary or management skills. The winning teams represent Wisconsin at the National ProStart Invitational. Volunteers are needed - and appreciated - to help with many aspects of this exciting competition.Contact Connie
There are many opportunities for restaurant industry professionals to participate in career fairs for middle school and high school students. It’s a great way to help educate young people about the opportunities the restaurant industry provides.Contact Connie
Career & Industry Expo
The WRA Education Foundation’s Career & Industry Expo introduces hundreds of high school students to careers in foodservice and builds their skills through fun, interactive and educational experiences. Sponsoring this event gives your company direct access to potential employees and future leaders of the industry.Contact Connie