Schaumburg, IL (May 1, 2014) - On Saturday, April 26, over 250 Assurance employees and their family members came together at Jane Addams Junior High School in Schaumburg, Illinois to “Step Up and ACT”. The event – which featured raffle prizes, indoor games, music 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) foundation 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 Eileen Bergan and vice chairperson Sarah Molinaro announced the 18 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 23 additional nonprofit partners that will receive monetary donations from the 1% operating profit Assurance designates towards this cause.

Employees and their guests vied for 29 different raffle prizes, including a Cayman Islands Getaway and two night stay in Abbey Springs, Wisconsin. The raffles raised $11,000 for student scholarships and 250 pounds of food/non-perishable items for Shelter, Inc.

“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,” said Bergan. She continued. “This event served as a kickoff to our employee volunteer opportunities for 2014, in which we hope to add onto our more than 14,500 hours of community service.”

The monetary partners for 2014 include: 100% Foundation, American Diabetes Association, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Bucks for Burn Camp, Cal’s All-Star Angels, Cancer Support Center, Chicago Community ToolBank, Christopher House, CURED, Equestrian Connection, Honor Flight Chicago, HOTT Productions, K9s for Warriors, Kids Fit Foundation, Little City Foundation, Make-A-Wish Missouri Chapter, National MS Society, Northwest Community Healthcare Foundation, Shelter, Inc., Special Camps, TKEN, Turning Point Autism Foundation and WINGS.

Assurance employees will volunteer their time with the following partners: Animal House Shelter, Aspire, Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, Clearbrook, Feed’em Soup, Friends of Busse Woods, Gigi’s Playhouse, Habitat for Humanity Northern Fox Valley, Little City Foundation, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Partners for Progress, Safe Humane Chicago, Sit Stay Read, Special Olympics Chicago, Special Olympics Schaumburg, St. Louis Area Foodbank, Western DuPage Special Recreation Association and WINGS.