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More than 3,700 Insurance Professionals Volunteer 10,800 Hours During Insurance Industry’s Annual Week of Giving

Walnut Creek, CA  – October 29, 2013 – Morethan  3,700 insurance professionals, representing more than 125 agencies across 21 states, volunteered their time to help local communities across the country during the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) annual Week of Giving, held from October 12-19. Durring this year’s Week of Giving, volunteers from insurance companies across America contributed over 10,800 hours with community and non-profit organizations across the country. Below are a few highlights of the work conducted by IICF volunteers.

  • Swiss Re volunteers prepared home-cooked meals for families with children undergoing medical treatment as part of the Meals from the Heart  program at four Ronald McDonald Houses across Chicagoland and Northern Indiana.
  • In Texas, 230 volunteers 13 companies came together to clean up the Trinity River Forest in efforts to reduce flooding and provide ecosystem restoration.
  • Volunteers in California from The Sullivan Group and AIG worked together to plant a vegetable garden at Canyon Acres Ranch, serving abused, neglected and emotionally troubled children and their families.
  • Volunteers from ACE Group,  Beneficial Insurance Services , RIMS, and Willis teamed up with the American Red Cross to assemble and deliver fire safety kits throughout the city of Philadelphia.

In addition to organizing community service projects, the IICF launched a personal giving campaign benefitting Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street.  The IICF and Sesame Workshop’s new early literacy program, Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day, was launched on October 11 as a part of the IICF Early Literacy Initiative.

The campaign will continue through the end of October. Individuals can donate $5 by texting INSURANCE to 50555 or visiting www.weekofgiving.iicf.org. 100 percent of donations designated to Week of Giving will go to support Sesame Workshop and  the IICF early literacy program.

For more information about the IICF Week of Giving and personal giving campaign, please visit www.weekofgiving.iicf.org. If you’re interested in learning more about Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day, please visit www.sesamestreet.org/literacyYou can also contact the Foundation office at (925) 280-8009.

About the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation was established in 1994 and is directed and funded by the insurance industry. The Industry Foundation helps communities and enriches lives by uniting the collective strengths of the industry to provide grants, volunteer service and leadership. The Industry Foundation has contributed over $20 million and 176,800 volunteer hours to community nonprofits. IICF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

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