Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) October 12, 2012
AmeriLife, the nation’s largest life and health insurance marketing group, has become one of the more active charitable corporate citizens in the Tampa Bay area during the past year, as the organization and its employees increasingly conduct community outreach projects.
From sizeable donations for bone marrow research and the financial support of organizations elevating the disabled, to contributions provided to churches and a children’s hospital, AmeriLife has escalated its corporate giving through a number of charitable projects.
“We’ve been fortunate to not only survive, but to thrive, during the recent economic stagnation,” said AmeriLife’s CEO/President, Timothy O. North. “As a result – and with the generous participation of our employees – AmeriLife has increased its support for deserving organizations across America.”
Last month AmeriLife donated $10,000 to UPARC’s popular Festival of Trees holiday fundraiser in Clearwater, and its corporate office-based employees are currently in the midst of their latest community outreach campaign, College Colors: Cheering for Charity. Cheering for Charity is an employee-funded project in which workers who wear college sports team-themed shirts and jerseys to work on Fridays donate to a charity to be selected – by employees – in January 2013 (the end of college football’s season). Employees have already raised more than $3,000 for this project.
From a $25,000 contribution to the Kidz 1st Fund to a similar sponsorship of the 21st Annual Charlie Daniels Country Concert for The Angelus, AmeriLife’s corporate giving led to inclusion last fall on the Grant Listings of The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
For several years, AmeriLife has donated $10,000 to the All Children’s Hospital Telethon, and in July 2012, employees delivered $15,000 in toys for the young hospital-bound patients to the St. Petersburg hospital . The toys were bought with money donated by employees in a campaign called AmeriKids. Funds raised through AmeriKids were matched by the company, and again, personally, by Mr. North.
Last year, AmeriLife employees raised more than $3,000 for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and another $3,260 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Through another community outreach project, AmeriThanks, employees collected three truckloads of canned goods and other non-perishable food that was delivered to Clearwater’s Homeless Intervention Project just before Thanksgiving 2011.
AmeriLife, working closely with the world-famous Clearwater Marine Aquarium, donated $15,000 to host the Florida premiere (at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall) of the feature film Dolphin Tale, a movie about Winter the dolphin, whose tail was replaced by a prosthetic device.
In April 2012 - as AmeriLife moved from its long-time corporate complex AmeriLife Towers to its new home at AmeriLife Place - the organization donated $40,000 worth of office furniture to the Tampa-based charity New Beginnings of Tampa.
As a corporate citizen, AmeriLife has donated both equipment and furniture to Habitat for Humanity in Florida and California, and to Goodwill and the Salvation Army (both in Ohio). AmeriLife also supports the Palm Harbor (FL) Library through a recycling project.
In the past 18 months, AmeriLife has donated $16,000 to churches, $12,000 to The Florida State University’s booster club, $15,000 to the Texas-based, multiple-charities Hill Country Classic, and thousands to Tampa Bay-area entities ranging from public schools to service clubs, such as Sertoma.
“We reach out to others, offering a hand up, because it’s the right thing to do,” said Mr. North. “Helping others, especially when our employees take an active and altruistic part in doing so, is an important part of our business model.”
For additional information about AmeriLife or its corporate giving, please contact Director of Corporate Communications Wayne Shelor at 727-726-0726, or by email at wshelor(at)AmeriLife(dot)com.