Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) February 21, 2014
Kemper Home Service Companies, a donor to the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program, sponsored a field trip event Thursday to a local food bank for St. Patrick’s Catholic School middle school students to encourage an interest in volunteerism.
Employees from the Kemper Home Service Companies Jacksonville office joined approximately 15 students and teachers at the Lutheran Social Services Food Bank for the volunteer activity and presentation on the importance of giving back to the community.
“Community service is an integral part of our company culture. We wanted this event to combine our support of the Step Up program with our desire to give back, and we couldn’t be more proud to make that happen today,” said Joe Conn, senior district manager for United Insurance Co., a Kemper Home Service Company. “We are proud to support Step Up For Students and also provide this volunteer opportunity to Step Up scholarship students, so that hopefully they will continue to volunteer and pay it forward.”
Step Up For Students, the nonprofit organization that administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, enables corporations with certain types of Florida tax liabilities to contribute by redirecting their taxes to the program, and receiving dollar-for-dollar tax credits for their redirection.
Since 2012, Kemper Home Service Companies, a subsidiary of Kemper Corporation, have contributed $200,000 to the scholarship program, providing approximately 42 scholarships for low-income Florida students.
“We are thankful for Kemper’s partnership in our mission to empower Florida families by helping them find the best learning environment for their children,” said Step Up President Doug Tuthill. “And we’re even more thankful that some Step Up students were able to take part in Kemper’s KemperCares Program. We are glad Kemper is taking its involvement a step further and encouraging students to give back.”
In addition to Step Up For Students, the Kemper Home Service Companies support many other nonprofits. Through the KemperCares Program, each regional office chooses a local nonprofit organization to support throughout the year. Kemper Home Service Companies donate financial resources to each organization, and employees volunteer at least 20 hours of community service per year.
As part of the KemperCares Program, Conn announced at the event Thursday that Kemper has recently contributed $250 to the food bank.
Kemper is a diversified insurance holding company with subsidiaries that provide an array of products to the individual and small business markets:
The Kemper Home Service Companies provide personalized service to customers in their homes and offer tailored and affordable insurance products for individuals and families of lower and moderate incomes.
Additional information about Kemper is available by visiting kemper.com.
About Step Up For Students
Step Up For Students is the nonprofit organization responsible for administering the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is available to students who qualify for a free- or reduced-price lunch and provides tuition assistance to the private school of their parents’ choice or transportation help to an out-of-district public school. Scholarships are funded by corporations that receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contributions. For more information, visit StepUpForStudents.org.