GuideOne and Our Agents Celebrate Kindnessin the community // on Thursday November 10, 2016
Giving back isn’t a catchphrase at GuideOne Insurance – it’s something we hold near and dear to our hearts and express through charitable donations and volunteerism. In the past year alone, GuideOne employees have:
- Raised more than $189,000 for United Way and the GuideOne Foundation during the 2016 Charitable Giving Campaign
- Donated 1,780 pounds of produce – grown in the GuideOne Giving Gardens – to the Des Moines Area Religious Council
- Built 42 wall panels for Habitat for Humanity
In honor of World Kindness Day this Sunday, Nov. 13, we asked three GuideOne agents to share how they contribute to their communities – and how doing good impacts them personally.
Sandi Purinton, The Insurance Connection, LLC, Acworth, GA
“One of the most rewarding things about working for a carrier like GuideOne is getting the opportunity to interact with the service-driven clients that GuideOne attracts and values. Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to support a local nonprofit, Give Homeless Hope, run by one of my clients. As an agency, we were able to donate 20 backpacks for their upcoming Christmas dinner and make a financial contribution! I also think it is important to instill the value of service into our children. I live in a wonderful community that hosts a summer lunch program. My sons have a great time decorating lunch bags as well as joining in the assembly line to pack them. It’s a wonderful opportunity to teach them how blessed we are and how important it is to give back to others. I am also excited to have recently joined the board of the National Association of Non-Profits. It is a nonprofit committed to serving and supporting other nonprofit organizations through networking events, workshops and consulting services. Helping GuideOne's customers is definitely a rewarding part of my job, but being inspired to service by these same clients gives me a true feeling of fulfillment!”
Becky Moyer, Moyer & Moyer Insurance Agency, Lee’s Summit, MO
“Moyer & Moyer Insurance Agency is blessed to have a staff committed to making a difference in our community. BJ and I, as well as our staff, are active in our local church ministries and with other ministry partners. This past weekend, many of us participated with our families in a Feed My Starving Children mobile packing event in which over 130,000 meals were packed for children in Haiti and Nicaragua. We also packed several Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse and Blessing Baskets to provide Thanksgiving meals. Our agency also supports and volunteers at events for Rachel House, a pregnancy resource center that seeks to protect the lives of the unborn and provide education and resources for their moms. BJ and I also serve on the board for Restoration House of Greater Kansas City which is a faith based, long-term, residential program for survivors of sex trafficking. Earlier this year, several of us also volunteered for IMPACT KC in which we did minor home projects, yardwork, oil changes, haircuts and served meals to many in our community. Instead of exchanging gifts for Christmas, our staff purchases a toy or game that represents the person whose name they drew. We have a fun time guessing who the gift represents and then take all the toys and games to our community Social Services office to give away for Christmas. One of the greatest joys in our agency is being able to give generously of our time and resources by living out our faith serving others.”
J. Luke Gibson, Legacy Insurance Professionals, LLC, Franklin, OH
“We have a unique and special relationship with our communities and clients. We are a for-profit agency insuring nonprofit organizations. Despite our differences in corporate structure, our mission is the same. We want to make a positive impact in the lives of others. We believe in giving back what was first given to us. For our team, it starts at our home churches and grows from there. We firmly believe in the impact a local body can have on a community. The local church also has many connections with mission partners and para-church ministries. We have participated in supporting the causes of organizations all over the world from our office in small-town Ohio. We have helped single mothers move into new homes and cleaned, painted and prepared their homes so they are comfortable. We have donated beds, appliances and clothing; sponsored youth events; repaired damage in homes of missionaries; paid for needed car repairs; supported local pregnancy centers; participated in community events and walks to raise funds; and sponsored women’s ministry events, pastor appreciation breakfasts and more. There are many reasons we give our time and resources to others. I think the foundation of this vision extends from the core values of our agency, the principles we are called to live by and the understanding that authenticity is a universal language. It is exciting to be a small part of something much bigger.”
If you’re looking for ways to spread kindness on World Kindness Day or any day, really, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has ideas. Here’s to doing good!