Schaumburg, IL (September 4, 2013) - Assurance, an independent insurance brokerage with offices near Chicago and St. Louis, continued its commitment to giving on August 22, 2013, when several employees spent their work day volunteering with Aspire. This is the second year Assurance volunteers have assisted the organization.

With 22 locations, Aspire is one of the largest human service nonprofits in west suburban Chicago. The group assists more than 1,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities each year. Aspire helps infants and toddlers begin life with as many abilities as possible and then encourages adults with developmental disabilities to fully participate in community life.

The volunteer opportunity is one of 15 similar events scheduled for 2013 where Assurance employees will donate their time to deserving nonprofit organizations. All volunteer days are organized by the company's employee-driven charitable foundation, Assurance Caring Together (ACT).

On August 22, Assurance employees helped transform one of Aspire's local community homes in Berkley, Illinois. Together the group taped, spackled, sanded and painted various rooms. Since the house had never been painted, the residents were able to choose colors to help make the house livelier. In addition to painting, the volunteers also swept three bedrooms, one bathroom and a large, downstairs living area.

"I loved working with Aspire and seeing that we could brighten up someone's day through painting and cleaning," said Nisha Iype, Human Resources Specialist at Assurance. Bill Reidinger, Senior Vice President, also chimed in stating, "The event was very rewarding."

Under the motto "We Can Be Heroes”, Assurance employees have donated 12,600 labor hours in a nine year span through volunteer opportunities organized by ACT. If you or your business would like to volunteer with Aspire, please visit www.aspireofillinois.org.