Rochester-area Allstate agency owners recently joined with others from across the Northeast and Middle Atlantic to secure a $253,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant that benefits 15 domestic violence nonprofits in nine states and the District of Columbia, including YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County.
National Network to End Domestic Violence, a network of state domestic violence coalitions, accepted the grant and distributed the funding to the local domestic violence nonprofits.
YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County will receive $20,000 to renovate the organization’s front reception area and create an inviting, safe and welcoming environment for those who experienced domestic violence.
“The YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County is overwhelmed with the generosity of The Allstate Foundation and Allstate volunteers,” said Jean Carroll, president and CEO of YMCA Rochester & Monroe County. “The Allstate Foundation provided a $20,000 grant to the YWCA to help those impacted by domestic violence, and to assure they have access to the necessary resources to rebuild their lives. The YWCA is about to renovate the front reception area of the YWCA building to make it more inviting, welcoming and safe. As part of our trauma-informed care program, we aim for our physical space to match the supportive work we provide to our women and families. The YWCA had some funds for this project, but the additional $20,000 assures that our reception area will match the caring and supportive environment we have created. Allstate agents and staff continue to donate personal care items and housing items to the YWCA as well, assuring our women and families have a safe, comfortable place to call home.”
Allstate volunteers earned the $253,000 grant for their local domestic violence organizations by collecting needed items through a supply drive in 2017. The supply drive was part of a multi-state Allstate Foundation Purple Purse effort that benefitted nonprofits supporting survivors of domestic violence throughout Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
“With 1 in 4 women experiencing domestic violence in her lifetime, this is an issue that affects every community, including Rochester,” said Kayla Taylor, corporate relations associate manager for Allstate New York Region. “We’re so proud to give back through the volunteer efforts of these local Allstate agency owners and The Allstate Foundation grants to help further the work of the YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County to help survivors gain what all people deserve — a life free of violence, a safe home and a more hopeful future.”
Participating area Allstate agency owner volunteers include Shaun Kemp, of Canandaigua; Jason Jarvis, of Mount Morris; June Birrittella, of Newark; Kenneth Smiley, of Pittsford; Timothy Allen, Kristina Gambino, Nicholas Gambino, Jay Haidari, Roohi Haroon, Michael Lodge, Charles Lovall, Craig Papke, Douglas Rose, Nathaniel Szatkowski, Lauren Williams and Glen Ziccarelli, of Rochester; Nathaniel Tyler, of Spencerport; Dave Williams, of Victor; and Laurie Pallini, of Webster.
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