InsureMe Crosses Borders, Changes Lives

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Denver-area employees build homes in Juarez, Mexico.

InsureMe (http://www.insureme.com), a web-based company that helps people get insurance quotes, recently stepped out of the office and into a third-world country.

The cause: to build homes for impoverished families. The company, which is known throughout Colorado for its philanthropic efforts, has sent three teams made up of employees, their friends and family members, to build three homes in 2007. The company also sponsored a trip for two of its Spanish-speaking employees to translate for a Juarez medical team.

Working through Missions Ministries, InsureMe donated the funds for the house materials as well as most of the tools and paint to build the house. Employee time off was also covered by the company. Over the course of three days the teams constructed a three-room house, complete with insulation and dry wall. Donations of food and clothing were also given to the families.

During the team's stay in Juarez, employees also participate in a community outreach event, during which time dinner is served to the community, crafts are made for the children and family photos are taken.

Historically, the small company made of 67 employees has been an active participant in both the local and global communities. InsureMe embarked on its first mission trip to Ghana, Africa in 2005, where employees helped to build a new orphanage. Most recently, InsureMe has been recognized with top charitable giving awards from the United Way, Leadership Excellence and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

While InsureMe's active participation in the community surprises some, InsureMe founder and CEO Tim McTavish has asserted that it's an important tenet of the company culture.

"Serving others is where true happiness is found," said McTavish. "At InsureMe, we recognize that we are part of the global community, and that it's our responsibility to serve that community. Not to mention -- there's no greater teambuilding event like doing manual labor in a third-world country."

Plans are already underway to build two more houses in Juarez for 2008, as is an initiative to provide clean water to a Peruvian village. In early 2008, a new van will also be delivered to the Ghana orphanage built in 2005 so that the children can travel safely to and from school.

On the home front, InsureMe continues to raise money though the Mile High United Way and volunteer time at the Denver Rescue Mission, as well as other local events.

About InsureMe
InsureMe links agents nationwide with consumers shopping for insurance. In 2006 the company received numerous awards, presented by organizations such as the United Way, the Denver Rescue Mission, Leadership Excellence and Working Mother Magazine. InsureMe encourages volunteerism among its employees and has sponsored service trips to Mexico, Russia and Ghana. For more information, visit http://www.insureme.com.

About Missions Ministries
Missions Ministries offers short-term mission trips to Juarez, Mexico. Volunteer teams travel across the Mexican border to spend a few days building simple, yet high-quality homes for the poor, hosting children's programs or offering medical aid. For more information, visit MissionsMinistries.org.

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