Thousands of Volunteers Give Back through IICF Week of Giving
October often evokes images of changing leaves, scarecrows and pumpkin patches. For IICF, October means volunteerism. For over 15 years, dedicated insurance professionals have been giving back to their local communities through IICF Week of Giving. This year was no exception as volunteers from across the country came together to help communities and enrich lives.
IICF Week of Giving is truly a national effort. Companies and individuals from 21 states participated in the initiative. Although volunteer numbers are still coming in, this year's Week of Giving saw a record number of volunteers across the country. Over 3,600 volunteers from over 100 insurance organizations demonstrated, firsthand the insurance industry's commitment to community providing over 10,800 hours of volunteer service.
Across the nation, volunteers participated in a wide variety of projects addressing issues unique to their local communities. Below are just a few highlights of the outstanding work of IICF Week of Giving volunteers:
Powerful stories of volunteerism and community impact continue to come in daily. Thank you to the thousands of dedicated individuals and the outstanding corporate commitments that made IICF Week of Giving a success!
IICF Launches Early Literacy Initiative
Sesame Workshop CEO H. Melvin Ming (L) and IICF's Bill Ross (R) team up with Grover to announce the launch of Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day. ©
© 2013 Sesame Workshop. "Sesame Street" and its logo are trademarks of Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved. Photo by Gil Vaknin.
IICF has partnered with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, to launch Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day. The new digital resource includes tips, games, and activities that parents, caregivers, and volunteers can engage children with to improve their reading and writing capabilities from an early age. The resources were unveiled October 11, 2013 at the New York City Public Library and are available, for free, to parents across the country at www.sesamestreet.org/literacy.
Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day aims to:
In concert with IICF Week of Giving, the Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day materials were also debuted nationwide through regional volunteer events occurring in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. IICF and Sesame Workshop will continue working to reach as many families and volunteers as possible through both local and national programming.
"Just as insurance touches virtually all facets of life, so too does literacy, and we as an industry are committed to making a difference in the communities in which we live and work," says Marlene Ibsen, president of the Travelers Foundation. "Our vision is to one day see this program in every child care facility, classroom, community center, after school program and homes across the nation."
Echoing Ibsen's sentiment IICF's CEO, Bill Ross continued, "The IICF and insurance industry are committed to improving early childhood literacy rates across America, but we know change will not happen overnight. This is why we felt it was so important to make a long-term, active, commitment to Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day, where we support and sponsor Sesame Workshop, but more importantly, engage the nationwide network of insurance professionals across the country to serve as advocates, stewards and volunteers for this wonderful program."
The IICF Early Learning Initiative is made possible through the commitment of Presenting Sponsor, Travelers, as well as the support of Gold Sponsors, ACE Charitable Foundation, Armstrong Robitaille Riegle, Chubb, Farmers Insurance and Silver Sponsor the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers Association of Los Angeles.
Individual and company contributions to the IICF Early Literacy Initiative can be made at www.iicf.org/literacy.
IICF and Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day Hits the Airways
Tune in to Katie October 31, 2013 as Sesame Street's The Count sits in with Katie Couric highlighting the importance of literacy and making Every Day a Reading and Writing Day.
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