A Year of Charity
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance strives to be a good corporate citizen and feels it is the company’s responsibility to give back. To encourage its employees to support their local communities, the company launched IFBI Community one year ago.
The program provides employees with eight hours of paid volunteer time annually to use on a corporate-coordinated volunteer event or with other employees at a charity of their choice.
“IFBI Community embodies our company’s core value of ‘One Team, Member First’ by giving our employees the opportunity to give back to the communities where we live and work,” says Kristin Keltner, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. “It’s great to see our people coming together for good, and getting to know one another better in the process.”
To date, IFBI Community has filled 140 volunteer shifts, donating nearly 600 volunteer hours. Employees have supported their local communities by sorting non-perishable foods at Gleaners Food Bank, organizing and packing school supplies for BackPack Attack, making educational toys for the animals at the Indianapolis Zoo, and serving food at the Ronald McDonald House, just to name a few.
Sharaye Guy, team leader, payment processing, assembled bags of weekend meals and snacks given to children who otherwise would go without food during the weekend.
“Growing up, I never had to worry about having food at home,” says Guy. “I knew that I would have a meal every night. Hearing the accounts given by impoverished children reminded me of how blessed I am. I was glad to give my time to keep children from being hungry.”
“We’re so pleased with the level of participation in the first year of the IFBI Community program,” says Suzanne Henderson, manager of public affairs at Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance. “It demonstrates how caring our employees are!”