February 2018 – “Giving Time” – Volunteering in our Local Communities
During the month of February, TIS team members will be spending time volunteering in their local communities. Whether in the classroom, at a community center, in a church, a hospital, an animal shelter, a neighborhood, or a park, our focus will be on giving our time to those in need. You do not have to look very far to find someone who needs your help.
December 2017 – Adopt-a-Grandparent
During the month of December, TIS team members participated in two Adopt-a-Grandparent events. Lindsay, Presley, and Janel helped at an event with the residents of Sun City Gardens in California. They had a wonderful time visiting with seniors and Santa and helping to make the holidays a little brighter for these wonder individuals. Other employees donated funds to create “We Care Packages” for these special people to enjoy over the holidays.
Jim Plant, of our St. George, Utah office, organized his church members to spend the month visiting residents of the Beehive House. They sang songs, played games, and just listened as these seniors shared special memories and moments in their lives. One resident said, “You made my Christmas. It’s hard when your family drops you off here you feel forgotten about. But because of you, your children, and your church, I know I am not forgotten. Now I know people still have a heart and really do care.” And one of the staff members commented about how she could not remember when the residents had a better Christmas. This opportunity especially touched Jim as he spent time with his new friends. “Their time might be short, but they are very grateful for the love, warmth, and feeling of the Savior that we brought to them this year.”
November 2017 – Urban Angels
TIS team members, families, and friends prepared and served dinner to Connections Housing residents. Combining efforts with Urban Angels, a non-profit agency whose mission is to feed San Diego’s homeless, TIS volunteers were given the opportunity to spend time with members of our community who are in need of help. Of her experience, Tiffani Thunstrom said, “It was amazing to hear about the many different talents and abilities that each individual had. So many of these people were professionals who just fell on hard times financially, and this center is providing them a hand up to help them get back to their previous successes.” TIS volunteers feel blessed by their experience and look forward to helping again in the future.
Jennifer Williamson and her family also volunteered to help serve again this year. “My family members noticed how grateful and happier each one of the residents seemed to be this year. The men and women seemed to feel at ease in sharing their stories on how they ended up at Urban Angels. We enjoyed their jokes and observations about life. They thanked us and wished their servers a Merry Christmas. It is personally rewarding to be a part of a company that values community service, and to be affiliated with Urban Angels, a company making positive changes for San Diego residents.” For more information or to volunteer, please visit http://urban-angels.com/.
October 2017 – Lions Club Recycle for Sight Eyeglasses Drive
During the month of October, TIS is collecting used eyeglasses for people in need around the world. Many people in developing countries cannot afford, or do not have access to, basic eyecare or eyeglasses necessary for clear sight. The Lions Club has a simple solution: Gather up your old prescription glasses and donate them. We will have collection boxes at our Temecula and San Diego offices. Please drop in and drop off your old glasses. You can also find a donation location near you by visiting http://www.lionsclub.org.
The mission of the Lions Club Recycle for Sight Program is to promote the collection of used eyeglasses for recycling and use in developing nations worldwide, and to provide no-cost primary eyecare to visually-challenge, low-income citizens in economically disadvantaged countries. The Lions Club, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, believes that prescription eyeglasses contribute not only to the improvement of the quality of life for those of all ages, but can also aid in the process of national development. They are dedicated to bringing basic eyecare and eyeglasses to a world of people in need. Glasses can be donated beginning now until November 3. Thanks for your help!
September 2017 – Disaster Relief Hygiene Kits
During the month of September, TIS collected basic sanitary items for those recently hurt by the natural disasters in places like Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. We are lucky to live in a country where people bless the lives of others by turning moments of anguish and loss to kindness and love. Difficult times also present teaching moments for our kids. After learning about the destruction caused by the hurricanes, and the fact that people could not just run to the store to buy something as simple as toothpaste, six-year-old helper, Crew Thunstrom, would not eat his dinner until he had finished helping put together all of the kits. With your help, we were able to create 83 Hygiene Kits! Thank you to our team members, business associates, clients, and friends who donated critical items for people in need.
August 2017 – VFW School Supply Drive
For our August Community Outreach Event, TIS collected school supplies for the VFW donation drive. TIS team member, Karen Watts, worked with this community group to put together approximately 35 backpacks full of supplies for children in need in the Santee, California area. Karen said, “Thanks so much to Storrs Insurance and the Santee VFW Auxiliary. The backpacks were donated to two elementary schools in Santee, along with two boxes of miscellaneous supplies for the teachers to pass out to children in their classrooms. They were very appreciative. Thanks again for all your support.”
June 2017 – TIS Multiple Sclerosis 5K
For our June Community Outreach Event, TIS sponsored a 5K Run/Walk in support of the MS Society. We had groups walking in Arizona, Washington, Utah, North Carolina, and several locations in California. Overall, we had more than 100 people (and a few dogs) walking with us. It was such an amazing day! TIS team member, Tina Storrs Monson, was diagnosed with MS several years ago. This disease is not kind. It has stolen her ability to run, but it has not damaged her vibrant spirit. We encourage you to find strength and inspiration from her story, and to never take for granted your ability to walk.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. There is currently no cure for MS. To find out more about Multiple Sclerosis, please visit the MS website: www.nationalmssociety.org. TIS is honored to have the opportunity to bring awareness to Multiple Sclerosis and to make a financial donation to the MS Society. Even small efforts like this help us in “Taking one step closer to the cure”.
May 2017 – A Million Thanks Program
During the month of May, TIS was honored to support the “A Million Thanks” Program by collecting 336 letters for our US Military. TIS team member, Jennifer Williams, felt inspired to encourage everyone to write letters, saying, “Our region is saturated with military families, and we all know folks who have served and sacrificed everything to protect our freedom.” This nonprofit organization provides support and appreciation to active and veteran military personnel. For more information about this program, please visit http://amillionthanks.org/.
April 2017 – Animal Shelter Photo Contest
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Animal Shelter Facebook Photo Contest in April. The photos reached 4,625 people! Braden and his dog, Triton, received the most likes. He selected the West Jordan Animal Shelter for the donation from TIS. We had a lot of fun with this event, and we appreciate all of the employee and client participation.
March 2017 – The Princess Project
For our March community outreach event, we are a collection site for The Princess Project. This is a non-profit organization that promotes self-confidence and individual beauty by providing free Prom dresses and accessories to high school girls in the San Diego County area who cannot otherwise afford them. We invite everyone at TIS, clients, family, and friends to donate, as this program is only possible through invaluable volunteer, donor, and community support. Their goal is to collect 2,000 dresses by the end of March, so please help us to support them in their efforts to make high school Prom a reality for girls in our area. For more information on The Princess Project, please visit their website at http://www.princessprojectsd.org/.
February 2017 – American Red Cross Blood Drive
During the month of February, we are encouraging our staff members and clients to support the American Red Cross by donating blood. The American Red Cross is one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations. They depend on the public to provide contributions of time, blood, and money to support lifesaving services and programs. Become a hero today by donating blood.
The Red Cross Mission Statement reads as follows: “The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.” And the Vision of the Red Cross is to, “…turn compassion into action so that…all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter, and hope; …our communities are ready and prepared for disasters; …everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products; …all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and…in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby , ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.”
Blood donations are essential to the success of the American Red Cross, and you never know if you are going to be on the receiving end of these life-saving donations. “The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.” ™ For more information about this organization or to sign up for a donation, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or visit their website at www.redcrossblood.org.
January 2017 – Father Benno’s Homeless Clothing Drive
In January, TIS hosted a Warm Winter Collection for Brother Benno’s Center in San Diego. TIS team members, Anni Hallmark and Berta Pinon, had the distinct pleasure of gathering team contributions from our San Diego and Temecula offices, and then donating the gently used winter items, like blankets, socks, caps, scarves, sweaters, and coats, to the Brother Benno’s Thrift Store. After meeting with the Center staff, Anni commented, “It was wonderful thing…to [help] those less fortunate in our community!” And Brother Benno’s volunteers were so gracious and excited for the assistance. “On behalf of the Brother Benno Foundation, thank you so very much for collecting blankets and coats for the needy,” said Belinda, a Center volunteer.
Brother Benno’s is a nonprofit organization devoted to servicing the needs of the Oceanside community. Their goal is to make sure that no one in the area goes hungry, goes without shelter or clothing, nor goes without someone to care for them. They help patrons gain self-sufficiency, and they never rely on government funding to accomplish their mission. Brother Benno’s opened their doors in 1983 as a soup kitchen. Since that time, they have expanded their services by creating a larger dining room, and adding a thrift store, children’s library, shower rooms, computer rooms, and a chapel. They are now better able to aid poor seniors, the disabled, and homeless. Brother Benno’s motto is: “Uplifting the dignity of those we serve.” For more information, or to donate to this worthy cause, please call 760-439-1244 or visit: www.brotherbenno.org.
December 2016 – Urban Angels
Urban Angels is a non-profit agency whose mission is to feed San Diego homeless.
Located at 1250 6th Avenue, this agency provides 3 meals each day for residents of Connections Housing. Connections Housing Residents are provided with 120 days of financial, social, medical, and job training means to get their lives back on track.
10 TIS Team volunteers were met by Michael, of Urban Angels, and another 9 community volunteers. Volunteers were charged to heat, prepare and serve 100 Connections residents. At one point, during the meal, the residents requested volunteers sing Christmas Carols, and we happily obliged! Combining efforts with Urban Angels allowed team volunteers the opportunity to connect with various residents and leave the center feeling satisfied in their community contribution. It was truly a wonderful experience we hope to share again in the years to come.
December 2016 – San Diego Rescue Mission
Founded in 1955, the San Diego Rescue Mission believes in “the inherent worth of every homeless man, woman, and child. Our mission is to spread the good news of salvation through Christ by serving the needs of the poor, addicted, abused, and homeless, thus improving the quality of their lives.”
The Insurance Store had the privilege of volunteering at The San Diego Rescue Mission’s Christmas Party held December 10, 2016 in downtown San Diego. The party was held for the graduates and alumni of their rehabilitation program. The parents enjoyed a holiday dinner, music, fellowship and an opportunity to Christmas shop for their child at The Rescue Mission children’s store located within the center. The time shared with these individuals was truly rewarding as each one of them were so grateful and thankful for our help. We were grateful for this amazing opportunity to connect and help these wonderful people who have turned their lives around to better themselves and the lives of their children.
November 2016 – Food Bank Food Drive
We love helping those in our community. Our Temecula office chose SAFE as our charity. SAFE is a local organization here in our city that is committed to providing services for children, youth and families who have experienced, or are at risk of, abuse or violence. We were able to donate more than 150 food items to this organization, and we were able to participate in the distribution event. Their director, Randy Taylor, expressed his gratitude to us for the donations. However, we know that they are the true heroes of this story, and we want to thank them for their dedication to our community.
The Insurance Store’s San Diego Office, together with the help of some neighboring businesses (Debris Box and Network Resources), combined efforts and donated 153 food items to the San Diego Food Bank. The SD Food Bank representatives were thrilled to receive the goods to help those in the local community. Our SD Team Members would like to thank the San Diego Food Bank for all that they do for those in need.