The art of giving back

American Family Insurance employees and agents like to volunteer for charitable organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters and United Way. It’s great a way to make a difference at the local level. I give a lot of time to various organizations and have a passion for volunteering.

Admittedly, when I became involved with local charitable organizations I did so for selfish reasons, like networking, resume building, and many other reasons that had more to do with me than others.

After a while, though, something changed.

Through volunteer work with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Northwest Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center, I saw firsthand the powerful effect these organizations have on children and families. I could share hundreds of stories about families in dire need that have received life-changing assistance from these organizations. These stories would melt your heart, as they have mine.

Volunteerism is a passion that I am determined to pass on to my children by educating them about the importance of giving back and lending a hand to others.

I used to think: “What can one person do to make a difference?” I have learned even the smallest contribution of time or resources can make a meaningful difference.

Consider the impact you would have if you took time to volunteer at a local elementary school as a reading tutor, make a donation to the local food pantry, help raise money to support breast cancer research, coach a Little League team … the list goes on. The opportunities are plentiful, and the rewards of volunteering are even more.

We all can make a difference working together with organizations toward a common goal.

That is why it's so important American Family supports the United Way. Contributions from American Family employees help the United Way provide support for its partner agencies. In St. Joseph, Mo., the United Way supports agencies that can help a family displaced due to fire or natural disaster, a child who is sick with a family who can’t afford the required care, a family in need of affordable childcare or a battered wife who needs legal assistance. And that’s just naming a few.

There are so many volunteer opportunities out there. Start looking today! Big or small, just get involved.

Editor’s note: Learn more about American Family’s efforts to strengthen our communities in our Newsroom, including a look at programs in each of our 19 operating states. 

by Stacey Skinner on Fri, Nov 23 2012 8:40 am
Posted by Stacey Skinner on Fri, Nov 23 2012 8:40 amStacey Skinner is an American Family Insurance commercial lines underwriter.


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