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CHICAGO, IL (October 20, 2011) - More than 3,000 insurance  professionals have stepped forward to get involved in more than 500 projects around the country for IICF Volunteer Week, the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) event being held this week.

During this 8-day industry-wide event that runs from October 15-22, teams of insurance industry
volunteers fan out into local communities to donate three or more hours of service at neighborhood and community nonprofit organizations. Volunteers from more than 100 different insurance companies have registered for IICF’s Volunteer Week.

The newly launched IICF Midwest Division is leading volunteer projects in the Chicago area, Kansas City and Joplin, Missouri. Several Midwest volunteer teams are collaborating on one large volunteer project, with popular Chicago beaches as their target. Over 300 IICF volunteers from twelve organizations will participate in “Adopt-A-Beach”, a beach clean-up program organized by the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Volunteers will be combing the Montrose, Oak Street and North Avenue beaches this Friday, October 21st, from 10am to 3pm, picking up trash, taking water samples and ridding the beaches of other environmental hazards. 

Volunteer Week, the brainchild of IICF co-founder Bruce Basso and other insurance leaders in
Northern California, has spread to other regions of the country since its start in 1997. Overall,
insurance volunteers have contributed more than 140,000 hours of volunteer service to their local
communities since the program began. In 2010, the IICF Western Division volunteered 6,663 hours by 2,085 volunteers, while the New York/Northeast Division logged 13,436 hours by 2,097 volunteers. In 2011, the newly launched Midwest Division will add to the national effort with over 500 volunteers participating in volunteer activities on a single day (October 21st ) throughout the Midwest region.

Volunteers from a broad spectrum of industry employers—reinsurers, carriers, agencies,
brokerage firms, consulting firms, law firms, trade associations and other industry-related
companies—are participating in Volunteer Week.