Schaumburg, IL (May 12, 2014) - Assurance, an independent insurance brokerage with offices in Chicago and St. Louis, continued its commitment to giving on May 7, 2014, when a number of employees spent their work day volunteering with SitStayRead. This is the first year Assurance volunteers assisted the organization.

SitStayRead was founded in 2003 to improve literacy skills and foster a love of learning in at-risk children. As the leading literacy organization, SitStayRead brings teams of trained volunteers and certified reading assistance dogs to Chicago Public Schools and inner-city community programs. Dogs help tackle the serious issue of childhood illiteracy in a fun way and have shown through higher test scores that these programs improve reading fluency.

The volunteer opportunity is one of 18 similar events scheduled for 2014, 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).

At the event, Assurance employees assembled nearly 400 books that students created throughout the program year. This included stories and pictures students produced in conjunction with reading materials outlined in the program. The volunteers also filled over 90 backpacks and inventoried several hundred books that SitStayRead gives to kids to take home. After lunch, the group assembled 3,600 pencils.

“SitStayRead was a great kickoff to our volunteer initiatives for the year,” said Sean Baker, Marketing CRM Specialist at Assurance. He continued, “With such a high illiteracy rate in the inner city, it’s great to see that just one day of volunteering can mean hundreds of assembled books for at-risk children.”

Under the motto “We Can Be Heroes”, Assurance employees have donated over 14,500 labor hours in a nine year span through volunteer opportunities organized by ACT. If you or your business would like to volunteer with SitStayRead, please visit www.sitstayread.org.