Last month, Progressive spent a day volunteering at Family Promise of Collin County (TX). They created Thanksgiving baskets, donated holiday decorations, and decked out the Affiliate’s Day Center with their donations.
“My team and I had a wonderful experience volunteering at Family Promise,” said Zach Roberts, Sr. Director Claims at Progressive. “What made the day even better is that half of my team lives in Collin County, and being able to support the communities we live in was very special.”
Progressive’s support meant a great deal to Family Promise of Collin County Executive Director, LaVeeta Hamilton. She said it was the first time a large corporation volunteered at the Affiliate, which she believes will lead to greater community engagement in the future.
“I’ve always wanted to grow our footprint in Collin County,” said Hamilton. “There are still people who haven’t heard of us, and I know that news of Progressive volunteering with us will help spread awareness about the work we do throughout our community.”
Progressive’s volunteerism at Collin County is part of a countrywide employee engagement initiative that was announced in the fall. Because both Family Promise and Progressive have national footprints, Progressive employees across the country have the opportunity to volunteer at their local Family Promise Affiliate.
And local engagement is a key ingredient to the work all Family Promise Affiliates do.
“The volunteers were local, so they intently listened when I gave an introduction about Family Promise and also asked questions,” Hamilton said. “They were awesome!”
This type of local volunteer engagement is what moves the needle in Family Promise’s mission to combat family homelessness. The more people who are aware of the issue and willing to volunteer their time to support Family Promise, the greater chance there is that families who need support, receive support.