Schaumburg, IL (August 5, 2013) - Assurance, an independent insurance brokerage with offices near Chicago and St. Louis, continued its commitment to giving on July 30, 2013, when several employees spent their work day volunteering with Gigi's Playhouse. This is the seventh year Assurance volunteers have assisted the organization.

Gigi's Playhouse are Down syndrome awareness and educational centers that provide free resources, specialized instruction and support to individuals, families and the community. In just over nine years, 12 Playhouses have opened nationwide, all with the mission to empower individuals and increase positive awareness of Down syndrome.

The volunteer opportunity is one of 15 similar days 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).

Assurance employees helped Gigi's Playhouse prepare for their upcoming move by taking down pictures, wiping surfaces and sanitizing over 200 toys. Volunteers helped with cleaning and organizing the game area, reading section, math room, bathroom and kitchen. By the end of the day, the team also entered over 150 volunteer applications for the Playhouse.

Under the motto "We Can Be Heroes”, Assurance employees have donated over 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 Gigi's Playhouse, please visit www.gigisplayhouse.org.