Pensacola, Fla. – On Monday, July 26th, The Allstate Foundation presented a $10,000 gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL).
For the past two years, the Allstate Foundation has presented BBBSNWFL with a grant through their helping Hands initiative which supported a school supply and backpack drive that benefited children from Pensacola to Panama City. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, group projects were postponed, but the Allstate Foundation wanted to continue supporting the local charities, so made the decision to give gifts last year’s recipients.
BBBSNWFL Governing Board Chair and Allstate Agency Owner, Melissa Keener, was instrumental in securing this generous gift. “I’m very proud to work for a corporation who gives back to the community. The impact of the pandemic prevented group projects amongst the local Allstate agents, but I am thankful that the Allstate Foundation showed their dedication to the community and to BBBSWNFL by presenting a gift to support the essential work they do for our youth.”
“We are so thankful for Melissa’s determination and drive,” said BBBSNWFL President and CEO Paula Shell. “We are so grateful for what Melissa and the Allstate Foundation does each year to support our mission and vision.
The Allstate Foundation empowers local Allstaters to give back to their communities and support organizations close to their hearts. Since the Allstate Foundation was founded in 1952, it has contributed over $514 million to support communities. In 2019, The Allstate Foundation gave more than $32 million to charitable causes to support local communities. Today, the Allstate Foundation continues to work toward creating prosperous communities where people are inspired and empowered to fulfill their hopes and dreams by improving, expanding and raising awareness of initiatives and the issues they support.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida has been the area’s leader in one-to-one mentoring for 30 years by serving children ages 5-18. Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Last year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida served 646 children in Northwest Florida.