Lloyd's America rallies for IICF Volunteer Week

Hank Watkins gives his time to school children

Lloyd's America recently joined other members of the American insurance community to contribute to the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation's (IICF) annual Volunteer Week.

Lloyd's employees supported inner city children in New York and Chicago’s coastal communities during the week-long event from 15-22 October. 

Hank Watkins, President of Lloyd's America and a board member of the IICF New York Division, says: "Lloyd's America supports the IICF because it's the only insurance industry organisation whose sole purpose is to rally our industry behind the support of organisations such as inner city schools, social service agencies and small business who hire people with disabilities and other challenges. 

“As leaders in the American insurance market, Lloyd's is totally committed to supporting disadvantaged people and communities."

Preparing for education
The Lloyd's New York office read with young children at the Children's Storefront, a non-profit, tuition-free school in East Harlem serving over 175 pre-kindergarten to 8th grade students each year. It works in partnership with families and community members to prepare children academically, socially and emotionally for further education.

In Chicago, Lloyd's joined other volunteers in caring for the Great Lakes beaches by picking up litter and collecting information about beach health, which is used for pollution prevention education and to make positive changes for Great Lakes beaches.

"It is a privilege for Lloyd's to be able to give back to the community,” says Pat Talley, Regional Director for U.S. Central Region of Lloyd's America and a member of the IICF Mid West regional board. “The IICF brings together a wide range of volunteers from the industry to make a real difference to people's lives."

Volunteer week
The IICF Volunteer Week is an eight-day industry-wide volunteer event where teams of insurance industry volunteers provide three or more hours of volunteer service at neighbourhood and community non-profit organisations throughout the week. This year, more than 3,000 insurance employees stepped forward to get involved in around 500 projects around the country for the initiative.

Since 2001 the insurance industry has generated more than 10,000 volunteer hours during the period alone each year and participated in nearly 200 service projects throughout the country by working together.

As members of the board of the IICF, Watkins and Talley review grant applications, make decisions about recipients, assist with fundraising and recruit volunteers.

Pooling resources
The IICF was established in 1994 and is wholly directed and funded by the insurance industry. The foundation seeks to help communities and enrich lives by uniting the collective strengths of the industry to provide grants, volunteer service and leadership.

Since its inception in 1994, the IICF has contributed more than $16 million in grants to charities and 140,000 volunteer hours to hundreds of community non-profit organizations.

Volunteer teams chose their projects from a wide range of needs, including disaster preparedness, education, the environment, housing, senior issues, women’s issues, youth and children.

IICF is a registered not-for-profit organisation under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

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