Bean’s Cafe Awarded $10,000 Donation through Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance Emergency Community Support Grants
Agencies Parker, Smith & Feek, Alaska USA Insurance Brokers, and Integrity Insurance Agency assist in giving back to local communities during COVID-19 crisis
Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance announce a $10,000 donation to Bean’s Cafe – nominated by Abbie Bonney of Parker, Smith & Feek, Julia Niziolek of Alaska USA Insurance Brokers and Cori Cook of Integrity Insurance Agency, LLC- as part of an Emergency Community Support Grant to help independent insurance agents give back to their local community during the COVID-19 crisis. The donation will go directly to Bean’s Cafe, a nonprofit who exists to fight hunger for all ages, one meal at a time, while providing a pathway to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect.
“We are eternally grateful to our agency partners, friends and supporters at Parker, Smith & Feek, Alaska USA Insurance Brokers and Integrity Insurance Agency for all nominating Bean’s Cafe for this Emergency Community Support Grant,” said Lisa Sauder of Bean’s Cafe. “The $10,000 grant will allow us to feed and shelter our Anchorage neighbors who are the most at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Bean’s Cafe is working to support Anchorage’s homeless and food insecure communities. They have set up two temporary homeless shelters in two large Anchorage arenas to provide a safe shelter-in-place environment, food and sanitary services to help slow the spread of COVID-19. With the indefinite closure of schools, Bean’s Cafe is also providing meals to many struggling families who are experiencing more pressure on their resources and don’t have enough food.
The $10,000 donation will also aid their Children’s Lunchbox program that has committed to creating 50,000 pantry pack boxes (containing a shelf-stable meal for four people) to be distributed over the coming weeks. The funds will also contribute to their shelters which are in need of hygienic supplies, and staff to provide mental health services.
“The goal of the Emergency Community Support Grants is to help our independent agents make an immediate impact during this critical time in the local communities where they live and work,” said Alexis Holzer, Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance Independent Agent Giving Program Manager.
The Anchorage community can get involved and give back to Bean’s Cafe by donating and dropping off requested food and hygiene items to any of their locations and community members can donate directly on their website at https://www.beanscafe.org/.
Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance have a rich history in supporting local and national causes on the corporate level with the Liberty Mutual Foundation, Safeco Foundation, the employee involvement program Liberty Torchbearers, as well as through its Independent Agent Giving programs. In addition to $1 million for the emergency community support grants, Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance already committed to invest $375,000 into local nonprofits in 2020 through the Independent Agent Giving programs, Make More Happen and Change Agents.
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