Esurance Tackles Hunger and Donates School Supplies in Sioux Falls
San Francisco, CA — August 21, 2007
Esurance, the direct-to-consumer personal auto insurance company, discussed its ongoing support of The Banquet, a program created in 1985 to feed the hungry in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Banquet is one of four organizations in Sioux Falls that provides meals for people living on limited budgets, one-third of whom are homeless.
Esurance associates in Sioux Falls volunteer twice a year to help serve meals at The Banquet's soup kitchen, and recently participated in The Banquet's Project S.O.S. (Supply Our Students) for the first time. Project S.O.S. seeks to provide deserving students with the school supplies they need to pursue their educations.
According to Jeff Taylor, manager of the phone center at Esurance's Sioux Falls office, "Project S.O.S. was started 19 years ago when a Banquet volunteer found a patron in tears because she couldn't afford to buy school supplies for her children. Our employees were touched by this story and wanted to find a way to get involved."
In just two weeks, the Sioux Falls associates collected over 19,000 supplies, including backpacks, pencils, paper, and rulers, worth an estimated $5,000. Added Taylor, "This drive couldn't have been successful without the exemplary teamwork and dedication of our Sioux Falls employees."
Community service and charitable giving are at the heart of Esurance's philosophy. In 2007, each Esurance office nationwide planned and executed at least two community projects, many of them focused on providing opportunities to children in need.
Esurance, a subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM), provides personal auto insurance direct to consumers online and through select online agents. Because of Esurance's virtually paperless online customer experience, Esurance policyholders have saved thousands of trees since the company's inception. In 2006, Esurance also helped plant over 20,000 trees through its support of urban reforestation programs.
Esurance is committed to safeguarding the environment through its own operational practices, including a hybrid claims fleet and carbon offset programs for its office locations. Esurance also supports a variety of environmental organizations across the U.S. For more information about Esurance's environmental initiatives, visit www.esurance.com/environment.