Western States In­sur­ance Agency earns Safeco award

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Mariah Kulkin

Western States In­sur­ance Agency in Span­ish Fork has earned a 2016 Safeco In­sur­ance Make More Hap­pen Award for its com­mu­nity work with Hand In Hand Out­doors.

The award in­cludes a $4,000 do­na­tion to Hand In Hand Out­doors from Safeco In­sur­ance. Western States In­sur­ance Agency Agent Matt Bar­ber and Hand In Hand Out­doors also had a story fea­tured on Safeco.com, which awarded the non-prof­i­tan ad­di­tional $1,000.

For the or­ga­ni­za­tion to win the ex­tra money, at least 50 dif­fer­ent in­di­vid­u­als had to leave a vir­tual “cheer” on the Safeco.com story.

Safeco’s Make More Hap­pen Award rec­og­nizes in­de­pen­dent agents who demon­strate ex­tra­or­di­nary vol­un­teerism for a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion. These awards fo­cus on non­prof­its in the ar­eas of health and safety, ed­u­ca­tion and civil ser­vice. Western States In­sur­ance Agency was se­lected for the Make More Hap­pen Award based on a photo and ap­pli­ca­tion demon­strat­ing its com­mit­ment to Hand In Hand Out­doors, which serves the Span­ish Fork com­mu­nity by pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for veter­ans as well as un­der­priv­i­leged and dis­abled chil­dren and adults to ex­pe­ri­ence out­door ac­tiv­i­ties to en­hance their lives through ed­u­ca­tion, ex­pe­ri­ence and di­rect par­tic­i­pa­tion in fish­ing, boat­ing, shoot­ing and camp­ing.

Giv­ing back is a mis­sion for Bar­ber both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. He serves on the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s board and par­tic­i­pates in sev­eral trips for Hand in Hand Out­doors each year. Western States In­sur­ance Agency of­fers bonuses for em­ploy­ees who spend time vol­un­teer­ing in the com­mu­nity, and each year the com­pany pro­vides a car and gifts to a sin­gle mother dur­ing the hol­i­days.

“Safeco is com­mit­ted to en­cour­ag­ing agents to make a dif­fer­ence in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, and through the Make More Hap­pen pro­gram, we en­able them to di­rectly sup­port the pro­grams where they per­son­ally see the great­est need,” said Mary­lou Dob­bins, Safeco In­sur­ance Moun­tain Ter­ri­tory man­ager. “We are thrilled to see so many agents par­tic­i­pat­ing in this pro­gram, and we’re proud to help them sup­port the lo­cal char­i­ties they care about most.”

Through­out 2016, Safeco will se­lect a to­tal of 66 in­de­pen­dent agen­cies for the awards and do­nate up to $330,000 to the non­prof­its they sup­port. The Make More Hap­pen Awards are a part of Safeco In­sur­ance’s Agent Giv­ing Pro­gram.

In busi­ness since 1923 and based in Bos­ton, Mass., Safeco In­sur­ance sells per­sonal au­to­mo­bile, home­own­ers and spe­cialty prod­ucts through a net­work of more than 10,000 in­de­pen­dent in­sur­ance agen­cies through­out the United States. Safeco is a Lib­erty Mu­tual In­sur­ance com­pany.

Bos­ton-based Lib­erty Mu­tual In­sur­ance is a di­ver­si­fied in­surer and the fifth largest prop­erty and ca­su­alty in­surer in the U.S. based on 2015 di­rect writ­ten pre­mium data as re­ported by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of In­sur­ance Com­mis­sion­ers. Lib­erty Mu­tual is ranked 73rd on the For­tune 100 list of largest cor­po­ra­tions in the U.S. based on 2015 rev­enue.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Safeco In­sur­ance, go to www.Safeco.com.

Western States In­sur­ance Agency has earned a 2016 Safeco In­sur­ance Make More Hap­pen Award for its com­mu­nity work with Hand In Hand Out­doors. The award in­cluded a $5,000 do­na­tion to Hand In Hand Out­doors, which serves the Span­ish Fork com­mu­nity by pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for veter­ans as well as un­der­priv­i­leged and dis­abled chil­dren and adults to ex­pe­ri­ence out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. Pic­tured above are Ray Musser of Hand in Hand Out­doors and Gabriel Valen­zuela of Safeco.

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