Schaumburg, Ill. (May 5, 2016) - On Saturday, April 30, about 200 Assurance employees and their family members came together at Schaumburg District 54 Professional Learning Center to “Step Up and ACT”. The event – which featured raffle prizes, crafts and food – served a dual purpose as the kick off to the company’s charitable endeavors for the year and a fundraiser within itself.

Assurance Caring Together (ACT) is a volunteer committee of employees who coordinate the company’s charitable donations. Each year, ACT supports a number of nonprofit organizations through monetary and volunteer efforts.

At the Step Up and ACT event, ACT chairperson Jordan Ready and vice chairperson Ryan Ganser announced the 19 nonprofit organizations that will receive assistance in the form of labor hours from Assurance employees this year. To ensure participation, Assurance provides employees with a paid day off to volunteer. The duo also read off 44 additional nonprofit partners that will receive monetary donations from the 1% operating profit Assurance designates towards this cause.

Employees and their guests vied for 25 different raffle prizes, including a Cayman Islands Getaway. The raffles raised $12,080 for student scholarships at Harper College and College of DuPage, as well as 300 food/non-perishable items for the Schaumburg District 54 Closet and Food Pantry.

“The Step Up and ACT event was a great way for Assurance employees and their families to gather in support of local charities and higher education," noted Ready. She continued, “This event served as a kickoff to our employee volunteer opportunities for 2016, in which we hope to add onto our more than 19,000 hours of community service.” 

The new monetary partners for 2016 include: Bridge Communities, CASA of DuPage County, Inc., Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago Eco House, Children’s Oncology Services, Inc., Coat Angels, Cocktails and Chemo, Girls in the Game, Healing Hearts with Hooves and Hounds, Life4Lali, One Dream, Operation North Pole, Ounce of Prevention, Research Center for Independence through Conductive Education, Saving Tiny Hearts Society, The Bridge Youth & Family Services, The Children’s Advocacy Center of North & Northwest Cook County.

Assurance employees will volunteer their time with the following partners this year: Almost Home Kids, Animal House Shelter, Anderson Animal Shelter, Aspire, Chicago Special Olympics, Community Crisis Center of Elgin, Cornerstone Community Outreach, Easter Seals, Friends of Busse Woods, Gigi’s Playhouse, Journeys on the Road Home, Northern Illinois Food Bank, One Tail at a Time, Operation North Pole, Safe Humane Chicago, Special Spaces, St. Louis Area Foodbank, Western DuPage Special Recreation Association and WINGS.

For charitable endeavors like the Step Up and ACT event and annual volunteer opportunities, Assurance was recently honored on Crain’s Chicago Business 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back 2016 list.  

Learn more about Assurance’s culture of sharing by checking out our 2015 ACT Year in Review and visiting www.assuranceagency.com/about-us/act.

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