Who: Assurance employees recently volunteered with The Friends of the Forest Preserves at Busse Woods for the seventh year in a row. Ned Brown Forest Preserve, popularly known as Busse Woods, is a 3,700 acre unit of the Cook County Forest Preserve system in Schaumburg and Elk Grove, Illinois. 

What: Assurance volunteers spent the day clearing buckthorn with bow saws and loppers. Buckthorn is an invasive plant in Illinois that forms dense thickets and rapidly reproduces, overcrowding other plants and disrupting ecosystems. With the help of Assurance volunteers removing the invasive species will allow native plants and trees to thrive. 

When: Thursday, August 23, 2018

Where: Busse Woods

Why: The volunteer opportunity is one of 21 similar events scheduled for 2018 where Assurance employees 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 have donated over 22,000 labor hours in the last 13 years through ACT.