Schaumburg, IL (October 8, 2013) - Assurance, an independent insurance brokerage with offices near Chicago and St. Louis, continued its commitment to giving on September 18 and October 2, 2013, when over 50 employees spent their work day volunteering with Friends of Busse Woods. This is the second year Assurance volunteers have assisted the organization. 

Located in northwestern Cook County, Busse Woods is a 3,700 acre National Natural Landmark and one of the most frequently visited parks in the state of Illinois. Assurance worked in tandem with Friends of Busse Woods, a regional stewardship group that promotes and supports restoration activities.

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).

On September 28, and then again on October 2, two separate groups of Assurance volunteers spent the day cutting down buckthorn and building a bonfire to dispose of the invasive shrub. In the afternoon, both groups spread 40 pounds of seed in the areas that were cleared. For the October event, nearly 12 individuals stayed after to cut down additional buckthorn found.

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 Friends of Busse Woods, please visit www.bussewoods.net.