Since 1994, the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation has rallied the industry around a united week of volunteer service and giving. IICF Week of Giving (formerly Volunteer Week) has grown from its early beginning as a San Francisco-based program to become an autumn industry staple, taking place in all operating divisions. With the continued leadership of board member companies and the support of thousands of industry volunteers, Volunteer Week has provided over 155,000 hours of volunteer service to communities across the nation.
The IICF was proud to have to have the support of over 100 dedicated organizations and over 3,600 volunteers actively engaged with Volunteer Week 2011. Among the organizations taking a lead role in Volunteer Week was Endurance. Aligning its 10 year commemorative anniversary with its “Employee Day of Service” and IICF Volunteer Week, Endurance made its mark on the 2011 effort with participation in over 20 volunteer projects throughout the United States. Read More
To commemorate its 10 year anniversary, Endurance proudly sponsored a global “Employee Day of Service.” In recognition of the company’s roots which are based in the events of September 11th, Endurance felt it fitting to acknowledge their corporate anniversary with a continuation of the spirit of community activities and volunteer service that emerged out of the tragedy.
Commenting on the organization’s milestone, David Cash, Endurance’s CEO, attributed much of the company’s success to “the culture of integrity, teamwork and exceptional service that reflects the values on which Endurance was founded. To mark this important milestone and to strengthen the culture we have built over the last decade, we thought that it would be fitting to encourage our employees to work together to give back to their local communities.” Globally, Endurance employees volunteered time to support a variety of charitable organizations including food banks, cancer research organizations, and facilities for children with disabilities.
In the US, Endurance partnered with the IICF to participate in Volunteer Week. In conjunction with Volunteer Week, Endurance employees participated in approximately 20 events in a dozen offices across the country. Endurance volunteering highlights included projects from Making Memories Foundation, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and the USO.
Endurance’s Irvine, CA office participated in an event to help raise money to grant wishes for stage IV breast cancer patients in the Los Angeles area. Working on behalf of the Making Memories Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to providing a moment of joy in the lives of women and men who are losing their battle against breast cancer, Endurance volunteers helped to sell new and used bridal gowns at the Brides Against Breast Cancer fundraising event in Garden Grove, CA.
Endurance employees from the Chicago area joined colleagues from other insurance organizations to clean up trash and debris on Montrose Beach as part of the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ initiative to protect and restore the world's largest surface freshwater resource. With several storms hitting the Chicago area during the prior week, the Endurance volunteers worked hard to collect over 200 pounds of debris.
Among a number of New York Metro area events, Endurance employees participated in two days of service building bikes with the USO for children of military families. The first bike-build took place in Mt. Kisco, NY. The event was a huge success, with fifty-nine children’s bicycles (donated by Endurance) being built, decorated and made ready for distribution to children of soldiers from the Hudson Valley. Two military families were onsite at the end of the bike-build to receive their bikes. The remaining bikes were distributed to children of Hudson Valley military veterans and deploying Soldiers at Camp Smith, a military training site in Cortlandt Manor, NY. A similar bike build took place in New York City with fifty additional bikes assembled.
Commenting on his participation with the USO bike building project, James D’Onofrio, Executive Vice President and Head of U.S. Reinsurance for Endurance remarked, “The USO Bike Build event was a truly gratifying and inspirational experience for Endurance’s employees as they worked together to support our military and their families. I am confident that an annual day of service will become a permanent part of our corporate activities,” continued D’Onofrio, a member of the New York-Northeast Division Board of Directors.
Combining its anniversary commemoration with a volunteer service effort, Endurance exemplifies the industry’s commitment to community. It is as a result of this very commitment that IICF Volunteer Week is a success. With the continued support of organizations such as Endurance, Volunteer Week will continue to grow to help an even greater number of communities and enrich even more lives.
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