Bridgewater, NJ, January 21, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company teamed up with Junior Achievement of New Jersey on January 17 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) to beautify Stokes Elementary School in Trenton, helping hundreds of students get a more comfortable education. The program was part of Allstate’s Give Back Day initiative, now in its third year, which honors Dr. King’s commitment to giving back year-round.
Allstate New Jersey executives, agents, and employees volunteered alongside folks from Junior Achievement, local high school students and residents to clean hundreds of windows, and organize and refurbish classes. The insurance company also donated 15 gallons of paint for the school to paint rooms in need during the summer break.
“Allstate New Jersey agency owners and employees want local residents to experience the power of community service,” said William P. Ballinger, president of Allstate New Jersey. “Allstate’s Give Back Day reminds people to start the year by giving back, and to get involved in volunteer opportunities in their community all year round.”
Stokes Elementary School was scheduled to be closed before the 2010 school year. With less than three weeks before the start of the school year, the faculty was notified that the school would reopen as a PreK-3rd elementary school serving 300 students.
“We rushed to get classrooms and offices in order as best we could for the incoming students, but we just did not have enough time and man power,” said Harriet Murray, principal of Stokes Elementary School. “Allstate’s Give Back Day has helped our school and students immensely.”
In markets across the country, Allstate mobilized Give Back Day events to further Dr. King’s commitment to giving back to the community through service. The Stokes Elementary School project also provided for an educational experience in philanthropy. Parents were encouraged to bring their young ones to the event this year, with hopes of instilling in them a helping spirit.
“My little one is only five, but it is never too early to understand the power of giving back to your community,” said 10-year Allstate employee Walter Tomasheski.
Community volunteering is an important part of the Allstate culture. The company pioneered one of the first Corporate Volunteer Programs more than 30 years ago. Since then, Allstate has reinvented volunteering by using new tools like VolunteerMatch to better support employees’ volunteer efforts.
To learn how you can volunteer in your community, visit VolunteerMatch.com.
About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement’s (JA) mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA provides in-school and after-school programs for students in grades K-12. JA offers work readiness programs that focus on seven key content areas: business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics/character, financial literacy, and career development. JA Worldwide® reaches over 9.7 million students per year in 379,968 classrooms in 122 countries. For more information, visit www.ja.org. Locally, Junior Achievement of NJ (www.janj.org), a member organization of JA Worldwide®, will impact nearly 39,000 students this school-year.
About Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company
Known through the “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®” slogan, Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company and its affiliates help individuals in more than a half million New Jersey households protect what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow through approximately 270 agents and financial representatives. Customers can access Allstate New Jersey products and services through Allstate agencies, or at allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®. The Allstate Financial Group provides life insurance, supplemental accident and health insurance, annuity, banking and retirement products designed for individual, institutional and worksite customers that are distributed through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, financial institutions and broker-dealers.