Children's Aid and Family Service YAC’s of NJ philanthropy has always been a big part of our committee. We have done different fundraisers in the past, varying from helping animals to raising funds for a child. We stumbled across the National Diaper Drive and thought this is a match made in heaven for our group. In order to raise the diapers, we asked everyone attending our socials to bring a bag of diapers and had YAC board help with fundraising as well. During the 2018 year we were able to raise 5,951 diapers. If you happen to have any extra bags of diapers we strongly encourage to donate, nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org.
The Bay and Skate for Change Sock Drive IIAN partnered with The Bay and Skate for Change to raise socks for the homeless. The Bay helped raised over 30,000 pairs. IIAN had a contribution goal of 1,000 pairs our members helped us surpass this goal by more than double, being a total of 2,122 pairs of socks! These socks went not only to the homeless in our community of Lincoln, Nebraska, but were also shipped around the nation to other Skate for Change chapters. This sock drive was a great way to spread holiday cheer and give back to the community. We appreciate everyone who donated and cannot wait to continue helping our community.
$25,000 to Various Charities We run a monthly Quotes for a Cause (https://rb.gy/djdkhq) campaign which has donated over $25,000 in the past three years. We give $5/proposal to a different community organization/nonprofit each month. Here is a link to everything our agency is doing in the community: https://rb.gy/2dpzf1. Our agency, and me personally, also financially support Ele's Place. I was able to get them a $10,000 grant this year through West Bend Mutual for our agency’s involvement with Ele's Place.
Brittany's Hope Our agency is hosting a car/motorcycle meet to benefit Brittany's Hope on 06/09/19 1-4pm, at the Shoppes at Woodside. We have had several generous companies donate items for raffles. We will have giveaways, raffles, PLUS The Smokehouse Food Truck, a fellow local to our area will be here to provide tasty food for purchase. All proceeds will benefit Brittany's Hope.
Hurricane Florence Recovery Through various community service efforts and my time on Lumberton city council, we are continuing our efforts to recover from the devastation stemming from hurricane Florence while feeling the ripple effects of Hurricane Matthew.
They provided free flights to WWII, Korean, Vietnam and terminally ill veterans to DC for their last mission to see our nation's memorials. This charity is close to YAC chair, Lisa Lemanski's heart because both her grandfathers’ 'proudly served in WWII and passed before seeing their memorial and her dad is a Vietnam veteran. While working with Talons Out, we learned the DC the veterans have mail call where they receive letters and cards from friends and family. This is where our committee stepped in! Our initial goal was 500 cards once the word spread, we found ourselves readjusting our goal. If you would like to sign some thank you cards, let us know!
Cystic Fibrosis FoundationEach year, the insurance agents of Georgia supports the Great Strides Walk Atlanta for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Georgia Chapter and this year, the Insure the Cure Team raised $280,000 for the cause. Overall the event has raised $2.85 million for the cause.
Cradle Beach 17 volunteers, 6 hoursCradle Beach is a very special place that offers programs for children with disabilities and children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. About 800 campers per summer go to Cradle Beach and almost no child is turned away. We loved spending two days cleaning and preparing the camp for the summer's new campers! We have a couple other volunteer projects with Cradle Beach coming up as we build our relationship together to help kids in need!
Central Texas Food BankOur group of nine staff volunteers from the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) participated in this 3-hour community service project to ensure that safe, high quality food continues to be made available to people in need from across the Central Texas region. In addition, half of the IIAT staff participants were new to our organization so it also served as a fun, bonding activity, bettering IIAT as a whole!
American Family Children's Hospital I am on the Council of a group called CATCH (Community Around The Children's Hospital) which raises funds and awareness for our local Children's Hospital. We also have volunteer opportunities like serving meals to families at the hospital and putting on carnivals and sibling events for kids.
Garnett Public Library to support the Kansas ReadsReading to children was a daily activity when raising our children. Our local library is a tremendous resource to children and students. Supporting early reading programs such as Kansas Reads, helps to gets books in the hands of pre-schoolers. Supporting our local school and PTO helps numerous students. One teacher sponsors a "Walk About" in the final days of the school year to visit local businesses and learn about the community. The agency presented each student with a pack of sunflower seeds, growing instructions and an invitation to share what they grow over the summer.
Children's Book Bank Drive & Cleaning175 iteams, 21 volunteers and $50! This is our 3rd year doing book drives and cleaning books for Children's Book Bank. They are a local Nonprofit that gives 14 books to every Head Start child in Portland and also gives to kids in low income school districts. We love supporting them and continue to support the impact they have on our local community.
IIAND has teamed up with Rippl to donate used sneakers in competition with IIASD. The goal over the next two years is to donate 25,000 pairs of sneakers to benefit under developed countries to teach people in those countries how to run a business. Our goal was 2,000 pairs. We collected 1,020 pairs between 19 participating agencies.
Through our philanthropic committee, Chalmers Cares, we have proudly given back over $100,000 to our local Maine and New Hampshire based community programs.
The Nevada Emerging Leaders Committee or (YAC) chose the Garden Foundation in 2018 as our charity and has continued with this charity in 2019. The Garden Foundation was created by a former insurance professional that is well known in Nevada, Taylor Gardner. In total we raised $1,280 for the Garden Foundation. The Corn Hole tournament was a hit!