Seven Local Causes to Use Like My Community Funds to Benefit Milwaukee Residents
Liberty Mutual Insurance, one of the nation’s leading auto and home insurers with three greater Milwaukee offices, today awarded more than $100,000 to seven local Milwaukee non-profit causes through the ‘Like My CommunityTM Project’, a Facebook-based campaign. Milwaukee residents supported these causes by casting more than 42,000 votes on Facebook and through mobile texts.
The three top-voted causes were COA Youth & Family Centers (COA), One Heartland, and Running Rebels. Each organization receives $30,000 from Liberty Mutual Insurance, with One Heartland and COA Youth & Family Centers earning additional funds ($4,000 and $1,000 respectively) for generating the most votes on designated incentive days during the campaign.
Liberty Mutual Insurance also awarded the four runner-up causes with $2,500 each to support their missions. The runners-up include Hope House Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Pearls for Teen Girls (PEARLS) and Repairers of the Breach.
Through Like My Community, local Liberty Mutual Insurance branch offices nominated the seven causes and then asked local residents to vote for their favorite cause from June 25 through August 20. This marks the second year Liberty Mutual Insurance has hosted the Like My Community Project in Milwaukee, as well as in the Baltimore and Dallas-Fort Worth communities. Over the two years, the Like My Community Project has now contributed more than $600,000 to more than 40 local non-profit causes in these cities.
“Our employees and agents are committed to helping customers protect their cars and homes, and are equally passionate about this community as a great place to live and work,” said Adam Boston, area manager for Liberty Mutual Insurance, the nation’s eighth-largest auto and home insurer. “We are thrilled that Like My Community shined a spotlight on these inspiring causes and activated Milwaukee residents to help us provide this funding that will be used for important programs and services throughout our community.”
Each of the winning non-profit causes plans to use the Like My Community funds to make a real difference in greater Milwaukee:
COA Youth & Family Centers: The $31,000 will support COA’s educational, recreational, and social work programs which help 15,000 low income Milwaukee children, teens and families reach their greatest potential. “COA Youth & Family Centers would like to thank our program participants, staff, neighborhood residents, and friends who supported COA during this campaign. COA is grateful to Liberty Mutual Insurance for illuminating the significant impact COA has had on children and families in our community since 1906,” stated Tom Schneider, executive director.
One Heartland: The organization will use the $34,000 to send 68 additional children affected by HIV/AIDS to summer camp in 2013. “We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in Liberty Mutual Insurance’s Like My Community Program,” said Patrick Kindler, executive director. “We would like to thank our dedicated volunteers and supporters for getting the word out about this program and voting to raise funds for children affected by HIV/AIDS and other health and social challenges. We are amazed by their dedication to our cause.”
Running Rebels: $30,000 will help Running Rebels continue to impact the lives of youth in Milwaukee by providing college scholarships, vocational and educational enrichment programming, and assistance to youth and families who access the Running Rebels facility during the after-school and summer programs. “Our youth and staff are deeply humbled by the generosity of Liberty Mutual Insurance in assisting our agency’s grassroots efforts to provide underserved youth and young adults with resources to succeed mentally, physically and spiritually,” stated Victor Barnett, founder and executive director.