Bankers employees in four states donate goods, services and time to make an impact
St. Petersburg, FL April 22, 2013 – Bankers Financial Corporation (BFC) and its affiliates celebrated a week of community service in its diverse locales with a company-wide “Impact Week,” April 15-19. One highlight of the event was a $20,000 contribution to Metropolitan Ministries of Tampa Bay, a nonprofit organization serving poor and homeless families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties. Local BFC employees staffed various work shifts at Metropolitan Ministries headquarters throughout the week, illustrating the company’s stated focus on “creating a positive impact in the communities in which we live and work.”
Chairman and CEO John Strong said, “As a family-based business, we believe in helping families. I am very proud of all our associates and the spirit with which they embraced our inaugural Impact Week initiative. Our employees’ financial contribution will have a long-lasting and meaningful impact, helping care for four homeless children for an entire year.” The funds came from associates’ bake sales, raffles and voluntary “Casual for a Cause” donations.
“Our goal this year was to have Bankers employees in all our locations reach out and impact their local communities,” said Bankers Insurance Group Director of Builders Products, Jay Fontanini. “We want everyone to know – whether in Naperville, IL or Metairie, LA or the Twin Cities area or Indianapolis or anywhere else in Florida where we operate – that we realize giving back is essential. We believe in doing good as well as doing business.”
Metropolitan Ministries President Tim Marks said, “I love that Bankers employees both volunteered and donated. Busload after busload of people came and tackled anything that needed to be done. These BFC employees are engaged and committed to helping.”
Scott Bedrosian, Senior Director of Community Programs & Partnerships at Metropolitan Ministries, added, “This group is as good as it gets. We truly cannot think of anything they could have done differently. Everyone was squared away, enthusiastic and organized.”
Other charitable groups to which BFC employees donated time and monies so far this year include Boca Helping Hands, The Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, The Jesus Loves You Ministry, Loaves & Fishes, The Martin Luther King Community Center of Indianapolis, The Marie Sandvik Center, The Bridge For Youth, The Children’s Table, Second Helpings, The New Orleans Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Miracle Hill, Meals on Wheels and Second Harvest.