Holiday giving tradition part of yearlong philanthropic commitment
WINTER PARK, Fla., December 17, 2009—AGIS, a full-service insurance agency with an office in Winter Park, Fla., will continue the tradition of charitable holiday giving for a third consecutive year as part of the company’s yearlong commitment to local nonprofit support. Instead of distributing the traditional holiday gifts to its client roster in a seasonal rite of corporate gratitude, AGIS will donate those funds to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Healthcare Center for the Homeless and the Orlando Health Foundation.
In 2009, AGIS launched a company-wide Community Outreach Program, encouraging employees in each office to become involved in a nonprofit organization of his or her choice. The company is providing employees with the time and financial resources necessary to make a difference in the local community.
“With the current state of the economy, it is more important than ever to support the local charities and nonprofit organizations that help our communities,” said Herr, national president of AGIS. “This year we decided that, in addition to our holiday giving tradition, we would implement the Community Outreach Program, encouraging our employees to help several organizations with both donated time and financial support. Thus far, it has been widely embraced throughout our five offices in Michigan, Florida and Indiana.”
AGIS will also be supporting ARTS Alive in Seminole and The Seminole Ornament Ball. All proceeds raised from the Ornament Ball, an event organized by the Orlando Health Foundation and the Women’s Advisory Committee for South Seminole Hospital, will benefit the South Seminole Hospital Women’s Imaging Center and the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida. The funds will be directed towards the ATEC MRI Guided Breast Biopsy Equipment, which generates same-day biopsy results. AGIS’s Herr is the current Chair of the Women’s Advisory Committee.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit organization that collects, stores and distributes donated food to more than 450 nonprofit partner agencies in six Central Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia.
The Health Care Center for the Homeless in Orlando has been providing quality health care services to Central Florida’s homeless and indigent men, women and children for over a decade. The award-winning nonprofit organization has been heralded for making the community a healthier place and for helping the homeless back to self-sufficiency.
“All of these local organizations are critical to health of our local community. They need the support of the communities they serve, and we anticipate that our clients and associates will appreciate our decision to act as responsible corporate citizens.”
Herr noted that she hopes that this is a trend that will catch on with other corporate citizens who are in a position to help where help is needed most.
Founded in 1978, AGIS is a full-service insurance agency, representing over 60 insurance carriers. With offices in three states, the company provides complete employee benefit programs, funding arrangements and services, including plan design, benefit analysis, Section 125 plans, employee communication and enrollment, renewal preparation, COBRA services, claims and administrative assistance, and legislative updates, as well as products and services related to property/casualty insurance. In addition to Orlando, AGIS has offices in Detroit, Tampa, Jacksonville, Fla., and Indianapolis.
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