Every fall for the past 14 years the insurance industry has come together to give back through the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) “Week of Giving.” To date, more than 25,000 insurance professionals have provided more than 166,000 hours of volunteer service to local community nonprofits across the nation.
IICF recently asked industry volunteers as simple question: “Why do you volunteer?”
The responses we received illustrate the outstanding character and heart of the individuals who make up the industry. Throughout the responses, we consistently heard about how the value of volunteerism goes far beyond a simple desire to “do good.” Rather, the benefits of volunteerism are more encompassing, providing value to the individual, nonprofit and company.
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Volunteerism enables individuals and organizations to tangibly connect with the local community in which they live and work. When working together with a nonprofit, relationships are forged and true community is created. Volunteerism grounds the notion of “charity” by transforming strangers into neighbors. When donating time to a nonprofit, their mission and work comes to life. Time and time again, IICF hears stories of a single volunteer experience from “Week of Giving” that evolved into long-lasting relationships that extend far beyond the confines of a single project.
In short, volunteerism breeds community.