Program lets members choose and lead local volunteer activities that are
meaningful to them
TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Foresters™ has launched Foresters
Community Grants¹, a unique member benefit² that enables members to
apply online, for grants of up to $2,500, to organize and lead a
volunteer activity that's meaningful to them and to their own
community. In 2013, Foresters granted more than CAD $3,100,000 for
volunteer and fun family activities in Canada, the US and the UK.
Foresters is a member-based international life insurance provider for
everyday families. A fraternal benefit society founded in 1874,
Foresters purpose is to enhance the well-being of families and the
organization encourages its more than one million members to embrace
its purpose in their own communities.
"Engaging more of our members in our purpose to enhance the well-being
of families and communities is our goal at Foresters," says Kasia
Czarski, senior vice president, chief membership and marketing officer,
Foresters. "Our members told us they are most interested in supporting
local causes and organizations they care about personally, and this
program was created for them. Foresters Community Grants gives members
the tools to choose, promote or participate in a volunteer opportunity
that's right for them."
Foresters members can use the Community Grants for any kind of volunteer
activity that supports family well-being. Typical activities can be
completed in one day and include preparing care packages for women's
shelters, making meals at a local Ronald McDonald House®, cleaning up
schoolyards and parks and supporting local food banks. Foresters
supports applicants by sharing program guidelines, planning resources,
activity day tips and tricks and printable signs and even helps find
other local member volunteers to help out.
"When it comes to volunteering, we realize that members have varying
comfort levels with leadership roles and different constraints on their
time," says Czarski. "Foresters Community Grants makes it easy for
members to get involved, whether they want to organize their own
activity, or simply show up for an hour."
One of the program's guidelines is that volunteer activities include
roles for all family members. Studies show that volunteering as a
family is a great way to teach kids the value of kindness, empathy and
compassion³. As well, research suggests that adults who began
volunteering as youth are twice as likely to volunteer as those who did
not volunteer when they were younger³ so programs like this not only
meet an immediate community need, but can also cultivate a generation
of future volunteers.
Foresters member Connie Herriman who recently organized "Make a
Difference Day" in Saginaw, Michigan involved youth in her event: "Our
activity gave the high school kids who are new to volunteering a great
sense of accomplishment," says Herriman. The students cleaned up the
properties of senior citizens and residents with disabilities by
trimming bushes and trees, planting flowers and repairing fences,
porches and garages.
Foresters™ is a life insurance provider with a difference. The
fraternal benefit society, founded in 1874, supports family well-being
through quality products, unique member benefits and inspiring
community activities. Foresters shares its financial strength with over
one million members in Canada, the United States and the United
Kingdom. For more information, visit foresters.com.
Foresters™ is the trade name and a trademark of The Independent Order of
Foresters, a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto,
Canada M3C 1T9; its subsidiaries are licensed to use this mark.
Ronald McDonald House is a registered trademark of McDonald's
Corporation or its affiliates and is used with permission
¹Foresters Community Grants are available to eligible Foresters
members. Restrictions apply. For eligibility, program criteria and
other details, please visit MyForesters.com.
2Foresters member benefits are non-contractual, subject to eligibility
requirements and limitations and may be changed or cancelled without
notice. [For details, visit foresters.com]
³Engaging Youth in Lifelong Service: Findings and Recommendations for
Encouraging a Tradition of Voluntary Action Among America's Youth, 2002
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