Shelter's commitment to supporting the communities in which we live and work, as well as our dedication to being a good corporate citizen are evident in the total hours employees spend volunteering each year. Last year, Shelter employees donated thousands of volunteer hours to the communities we call home. The Shelter Cares committee meets monthly to review current volunteer opportunities and shares them with departments throughout the company to fill the needs, if possible. Here are just a few of the types of organizations where our employees have served:
- Boys & Girls Club
- United Way
- The American Heart Association
- Ronald McDonald House
- The Salvation Army
- Meals on Wheels
- Various food banks and homeless centers throughout our operating territory
Watch a quick video to learn more about Shelter's community involvement - Community Involvement
In addition to our volunteer efforts, Shelter holds an annual "Thankful for Our Communities" essay contest in which contestants enter essays that depict why their communities are so special to them. Five winners each receive a $5,000 donation to the charity of their choice, which is often a charity within the community to benefit its residents.
Shelter also offers various scholarship programs through the Shelter Foundation to students throughout our operating region. The largest of these 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 2017, 439 students each received a $2,000 scholarship through this program, for a total of $878,000. This is a 9% increase over last year's total of $802,000. The amount of these scholarships has increased each year, largely because more agents participate each year.
The Shelter Foundation also sponsors a scholarship program for children of Shelter employees and agents. This year, 43 scholarships were awarded through this program valued at $3,000 each, for a total of $129,000. Shelter is proud to help further the education of these hard-working, deserving students each year.