The North Central Chapter recently supported the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans by collecting and delivering move-in kits to veterans and their families. The Chapter and the PLUS Foundation donated move-in kits with household items, and volunteers from the Chapter delivered and organized the kits. These kits will help five veterans get settled into new homes.
Erin Singmaster, RPLU+ and Managing Director at Travelers, was one of these volunteers.
“Supporting our veterans, especially our local veterans, is incredibly important to our chapter. We continued our partnership with MAC-V for the second year in a row, and this year added a volunteer event to show our support. It was humbling purchasing all of the household items that go into a move-in kit, knowing the positive impact a kit would have on a veteran. We can all relate to the stress of moving into a new place, but imagine the additional stress of it after struggling with homelessness or the risk of becoming homeless. Putting these kits together as a group was positive, powerful and fun. It was easy to picture a veteran moving into a new place, and having all these items already there for him/her. I would recommend organizing a move-in kit to anyone looking to give back to our veterans. Brian Peterson, Shaun Riffe, and the entire team at MAC-V made this an easy, impactful event for our group.”
Earlier this year, the North Central Chapter presented a PLUS Foundation Chapter Charity grant to the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. This is the 2nd year the Chapter has nominated the organization for grant funds, and the $5,000 grant will go to veterans’ assistance for homelessness, employment, and legal support.
The PLUS Foundation was formed in 1998 by industry leaders to enhance the work of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. Through this entity companies and individuals become part of a collective industry effort to reach beyond our network; to create opportunities for new and diverse talent and to do charitable work.
The Foundation has since been successful in developing programs that reflect generosity and promote diversity, while continuing to support industry related education and research. The Board reinforced the philanthropic and diversity direction with the revision of the mission statement in 2003. This refined mission, timed with the first Conference Cause, began a new phase of dramatically expanded giving and volunteerism. By using a grassroots model – PLUS members directing charitable dollars and being directly engaged in the workings of the Foundation.