Our Involvement Within Our Communities
Shelter Foundation Scholarship
Each year, the Shelter Insurance Foundation awards a wide variety of scholarships to students throughout our operating region. In 2015, a total of $860,500 in scholarship money was awarded to 413 deserving students. This is the most scholarship money the Shelter Foundation has awarded in its 31 year history.
Shelter's largest program is the Scholarship Program for Agents, which is funded by agents and the Shelter Foundation and offered to graduating high school seniors in the agent's local community. In 2015, 371 students each received a $2,000 scholarship through this program, for a total of $742,000. This is a 13% increase over last year's total of $654,000.
The Shelter Foundation also sponsors a scholarship program for children of Shelter employees and agents. This year, 36 scholarships were awarded through this program valued at $3,000 each, for a total of $108,000.
Other scholarships issued through the Foundation in 2015 include:
- B.M. Seaman Scholarships – Two graduates of La Plata High School were each awarded a $2,000 scholarship this year.
- Lang Award - A $500 scholarship was awarded to an outstanding vocational education graduate of Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, Missouri.
- West Middle School –Two 8th grade students at West Middle School each received $2,000 scholarships. West Middle School is Shelter's Partner in Education.
- MAC Scholars – A $2,000 scholarship was awarded to one graduate of Columbia Public Schools who is an active participant in the Multicultural Achievement Committee (MAC) Scholars Program, another one of our Partners in Education.
Shelter is proud to help further the education of these hard-working, deserving students each year.
Columbia Public Schools Partners in Education Program - West Middle School
The Columbia Public School District's Partners in Education program provides an opportunity for schools and our community to come together and through a mutual sharing of resources, strengthen our schools’ programs, and enhance our community's economic growth.
The Partners in Education (PIE) program officially began in the fall of 1984 with eleven partnerships. Today, the program has more than 130 partnerships and 100 partnership friends. Since its inception, Partners In Education has drawn upon the vitality and enthusiasm of each participant. The program does not look for financial support for schools; rather it enriches educational programs by tapping the human resources available in the community.
Our partnership with West Junior, now West Middle School, was one of the original partnerships in the program.
Welcome Home – Veterans
In 2015, Shelter donated $450,000 to Welcome Home, Inc., a veterans assistance organization located in Columbia, Missouri. The donation was to help them make improvements to a shelter for veterans so it will be ADA-compliant and able to accommodate more veterans.
Heart of Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Mizzou Baseball and Softball Clinic
Shelter's participation in this clinic helps provide a night of fun to support the Heart of Missouri CASA. Boys and girls ages 5-12 are invited to practice pitching, catching, hitting, and more with members of the Mizzou baseball and softball teams.
Show-Me STATE GAMES
Shelter is one of the original sponsors of the largest state games in the nation: the Show-Me State Games. The Show-Me State Games is an Olympic-style sports festival offering more than 40 events for all ages and ability levels.
In 2014, the Games celebrated 30 years. Coordinators continue to focus their efforts to promote health, fitness, family, and fun. Shelter is proud to have brought back the Shelter Insurance® Show-Me State Games Torch Run in an effort to generate exposure and enthusiasm for the Games throughout Missouri.
Each year, Shelter Insurance® participates in a community-wide effort in Columbia to raise money for the Heart of Missouri United Way. The campaign is held in October each year and gives employees several different ways to contribute. Many local charities benefit from our efforts.
Ronald McDonald House
Making a meal at the Ronald McDonald House is quickly becoming a tradition among many teams and departments at Shelter's home office throughout the year. It's a rewarding way to help families who have children who are in the Women's and Children's Hospital for an extended amount of time.
Food Banks in Our Operating Territories
Each month, different departments within Shelter's home office in Columbia, Missouri volunteer at The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. In addition, our many of our field offices and agencies donate time or hold food drives for their local food banks in an effort to reduce hunger in their communities.