In the spirit of the season, many of us have found that making a difference in the lives of others is perhaps the greatest gift of all.
Whether it’s through volunteerism, mentoring or opening our wallet, what can be more fulfilling (and life-changing) than supporting those in need?
With this theme in mind, OII salutes its members who provide ongoing support to programs and services that benefit families, charities and community enrichment throughout the year. We value the emphasis that insurers place on encouraging and rewarding associates whose contributions go beyond the scope of daily work responsibilities.
The spirit of volunteerism and the significance of community involvement is alive and well in the insurance industry, driving corporate culture and instilled in core values.
Through the generosity of Ohio Mutual associates, its ‘Giving Tree’ is jam-packed with gifts headed to 50 Bucyrus-area children through a partnership with Crawford County Jobs and Family Services.
OII’s #InsurersGiveBack initiative
Below, we highlight some of the ways our members are giving back. We feature even more through OII’s social outreach initiative using the hashtag #InsurersGiveBack. @OIIOrg’s giving-back initiative began December 14 and runs through year-end.
We invite you to join us in retweeting the ways that insurers are giving back…In the spirit on the season, of course!
Wayne: Collecting a variety of needed items
Wayne Insurance Group (@WayneInsGroup) is a strong supporter of United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties (UW). During a weeklong “Stuff the Box” event, Wayne associates filled three large containers with personal hygiene items. In addition, Wayne Mutual team members also participated in UW’s Penny War Challenge collecting $451.93 in pennies in seven days.
Wayne associates didn’t stop there. In the spirit of Christmas, they participated in People to People’s Ministries “Christmas wish list” campaign, collecting gifts for children of all ages.
Buckeye Insurance Group: Giving back year round
Buckeye Insurance Group supports giveback initiatives year round, not just the holidays. For several years, Buckeye has partnered with Piqua’s Springcreek Primary School to provide supplies, food and door prizes for the school’s Quarterly Family Night.
In addition, various departments at Buckeye participate in fundraising activities to support local non-profits, including Miami County Relay for Life. Fundraisers range from silent auctions to Christmas stocking auctions.
Erie Insurance: Volunteering for the greater good
You’ll find Erie’s Canton field office volunteering at the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank.
Erie’s HR division in Erie, PA volunteered at The House of Mercy Christmas store. The charity, established and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, provides local programs and services for adults and children. The Erie team helped setup and tear down the store and assisted children with their shopping and gift wrapping.
Erie’s home office is a driving force behind the annual Rick Hinman Thanksgiving Dinner Drive. The initiative provides Thanksgiving dinners to Erie County families through the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern PA. This year’s effort provided 3,500 dinners to area families in need.
Motorist Insurance Group: Lighting up the holiday season
As its neighbor and long-time benefactor, Motorist Insurance Group partners with Columbus’ Friends of Topiary Park, hosting year-round events and activities.
In early December, the company invites the Columbus community to share in its annual tree lighting at the Topiary Park to kick off holiday season. The park shines brightly throughout the holiday season and is open for walking tours and special events year-round.
Company associates also participate in a number of giveback programs throughout the year via the Motorist Insurance Group Foundation. Volunteer programs service Meals on Wheels, Ronald McDonald House, Faith Mission, Life Care Alliance, Capital Area Humane Society and other local charities.
Central Insurance Companies: Collecting donations, food and more
From its home office to regional branches, the Central Insurance Companies (@Central_Ins) team conducts food and gift drives, making the holidays a little brighter at area food banks and for families in need. Through a company-wide initiative, Central’s Community Gifts Committee was able to provide gifts for 60 children, with associates adding the wrap and 50 winter coats.
Central’s United Way campaign drive was a win-win, when associates pledged a record $81,000-plus that was matched by the company for a total of nearly $163,000.
And don’t forget to check out holiday-related content, including safety tips, on Central’s blog.
Joint industry effort of Cincy-area insurers: Insuring the Children
Insuring the Children (ITC) unites the Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky’s life, health, property and casualty insurance industry in raising awareness of child abuse and neglect.
Sponsoring organizations include OII members Cincinnati Insurance Companies, Great American Insurance Group and the Cincinnati Insurance Board. Through company events and industry wide-fundraisers, ITC has awarded over $2 million in grants to area local social and medical agencies that prevent child abuse and treat the aftermath of abusive situations.
An OII reminder: Mark your calendar and open your checkbook for ITC’s Annual Have A Heart Gala, April 20, 2017.
Westfield Insurance: Giving back to children
This year’s holiday e-card supports Save the Children disaster recovery programs for children and families in the US. Every time someone clicks on the e-card bell, Westfield donates a dollar to the cause. Ring often. There are no limits on re-ringing the bell. As of December 20, well over $19,000 has been raised in support of Save the Children.
Allstate: Reminding us to stay safe this season
The hubbub of the season can cause us to overlook basic safety practices.
Allstate (@Allstate) holiday home hazards infographic, comparing first-time homeowners to veterans, finds them to be more prepared than some more seasoned homeowners. See this common-sense guide to help keep your home safe during the holidays.
P.S. Take a look at Allstate’s release addressing hazards that experience the largest spikes during the holiday season. Ohio’s burst pipe claims increase 520% at this time of year!
See these resources for more ways that insurers contribute to the greater good beyond those they serve, no matter the season.
- Ohio Insurance Institute (@OIIOrg):How OII Members Give Back: Sharing the Holiday Spirit
- IIFC (@doubleicf):Insurance Industry Gives Back — A Year in Philanthropy
- Insurance Information Institute (@iiiorg) The Insurance Industry’s Contribution to Community Development
Posted: December 20, 2016