The Insurance Information Institute’s latest issue of IMPACT magazine is hot off the press. The magazine captures the insurance industry’s many contributions to the community. MAPFRE Insurance is featured on pages 6-7. Give it a look!
Here For Our Communities
At MAPFRE Insurance, the focus is on building lifelong relationships, one at a time. MAPFRE’s business is defined by the people it serves; its policyholders, their agents and the communities where the company lives and works. Giving support and giving back is an important part of what makes MAPFRE and its employees special.
Community involvement is very important to the company, which is why it is devoted to partnering with the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), supporting school programs around the country by providing children essential school supplies, and the opportunity to develop important life skills at Courageous Sailing.
For the second consecutive year, MAPFRE Insurance was proud to be the Official Auto Insurance Provider of the Pan-Mass Challenge, an annual two-day 192-mile bike-a-thon that runs through 46 towns across Massachusetts. More than 6,300 cyclists rode in this year’s PMC to support cancer care and research. Since 1980, the PMC has raised $547 million for the Jimmy Fund, which supports adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI)—100 percent of every rider-raised dollar goes directly to DFCI.
“We are thrilled to have MAPFRE as the official auto insurance provider of the PMC again this year,” said Billy Starr, PMC founder and executive director. In addition to supporting the PMC as a corporate sponsor, MAPFRE employees embraced the PMC’s mission by riding and volunteering on PMC weekend.
The PMC—one of the largest single athletic fundraising events in the United States—is “one of the most respected and important charity events in Massachusetts and we are proud to stand with them as a partner in fighting cancer,” said John Kelly, senior vice president at MAPFRE Insurance. “We believe in living our credo of ‘people who take care of people’ and we think this is a perfect example.”
Every year, more than 4,000 people volunteer to make sure the PMC weekend is safe, comfortable and fun for all. Michael Lombardi, actuarial manager at MAPFRE Insurance, explains why he rides. “I have participated in eight of the last ten Pan-Mass Challenge rides. Watching my mother fight cancer made me feel helpless—riding in the PMC made me feel less so.”
To date, MAPFRE Insurance has helped to raise more than $100,000 via its MAPFRE Insurance Rider page for PMC donations, which go directly to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The company is proud to stand with the PMC as a partner in fighting cancer.
In addition to partnering with the PMC, MAPFRE Insurance strongly believes in providing children in need essential back to school supplies. MAPFRE has partnered with two companies to provide more than 1,800 children necessary back to school supplies; Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. (WCAC) and Dixon Ticonderoga.
WCAC is the federally designated anti-poverty agency for Central Massachusetts, serving the City of Worcester and 45 neighboring communities. WCAC manages a Head Start program that serves approximately 220 low-income preschoolers providing developmentally appropriate curricula, health and nutrition services, breakfast, lunch and snack, special education opportunities and family services. Each year about half of the students ‘graduate’ and go on to enroll in area public kindergarten programs. As a special send off and to ensure the children enter school with the tools they need to succeed, MAPFRE conducted a school supply drive which provided 220 children backpacks filled with school supplies—items which many families would not be able to a afford on their own. Thanks to employees’ generous donations, preschoolers were provided with the school supplies necessary to be a successful kindergartner.
Since 1795, Dixon Ticonderoga has been a leading manufacturer of writing instruments, art supplies, and other tools used for self-expression. MAPFRE is proud to have partnered with Dixon Ticonderoga and their K-5 Classroom Essentials Backpack program. Over 1,500 backpacks were donated to schools in: New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Massachusetts and California.
MAPFRE looks forward to continuing its relationship with both of these organizations in the future and providing kids vital school supplies.
Another important value to MAPFRE Insurance is teaching children important life skills, which is why it partners with Courageous Sailing, a nationally recognized year-round educational center for community sailing and youth development in Boston, Massachusetts. Courageous teaches sailing and more to over 1,000 kids each year and is dedicated to helping reduce the opportunity gap for disadvantaged kids. MAPFRE Insurance supported the Courageous summer youth program, providing 140 kids the opportunity to learn the importance of protecting our invaluable ocean resources; the possibility of careers in maritime, scientific and educational fields; and their ability to learn from and enjoy Boston’s natural beauty to the fullest extent. The sailboats act as a unique and powerful “classroom” that inspires the imagination, encourages personal growth, bestows positive life skills and provides a social network from which students may draw energy and support for the rest of their lives.
In addition, MAPFRE Insurance branded eight Rhodes 19 boats and participated in the Courageous Corporate Challenge Regatta. The Corporate Challenge consisted of five evenings of fast-paced sailboat racing around Boston Harbor against 15 other companies. MAPFRE Insurance employees and Independent Agents all participated in the Corporate Challenge on behalf of MAPFRE Insurance’s team. Thanks to MAPFRE employees and independent agents who helped raise $70,000 for Courageous kids, making it possible for 140 kids to sail, and do so much more, this past summer.