The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), a nonprofit organization funded by the insurance industry, is hosting its annual Week of Giving during the week of October 8-15. IICF is calling on volunteers to participate in the more than 250 service projects that will be held in 70 cities across the United States.
During the Week of Giving, volunteer participants dedicate their time to serve local nonprofits through a range of service projects. These include volunteer events designed to assist at-risk women, children and youth, the homeless, those with disabilities, and senior citizens. Events also focus on themes including education, food, health, and disaster preparedness programs.
IICF says more than 8,500 volunteers from more than 85 companies that operate in the insurance industry are expected to join this year’s Week of Giving.
“Through events like the Week of Giving, IICF has united insurance professionals from across the industry to generate more than 218,000 hours of volunteer service,” said IICF Chief Executive Officer Bill Ross. “It’s special to witness the industry come together and help change lives across the entire country. We look forward to expanding the industry’s volunteer reach even further this year with the addition of volunteers in the United Kingdom.”
The foundation’s Week of Giving also promotes a personal “giving” campaign. Donations directly benefit the foundation’s Early Literacy Initiative and its “Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day“ program, which is part of a partnership between the foundation and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the “Sesame Street” children’s television program.
Throughout the month of October, people can make an online donation of any size by visiting the Week of Giving website. Donors can also show their support to help drive awareness and grassroots donations by participating in the foundation’s social media campaign by using the “#5forELI” hashtag.
All donations from Week of Giving and the #5forELI program will go toward the Early Literacy Initiative. Volunteers can visit the Week of Giving website or contact the foundation at (925) 280-8009 for more information, to register a volunteer team or to make a donation.
The IICF was established in 1994 and is completely directed and funded by the insurance industry. Since its inception in 1994, IICF has contributed $25.3 million in grants to charities and 218,722 volunteer hours to hundreds of community nonprofit organizations.