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West Bend Mutual Insurance Donates to 11 Milwaukee Area Organizations Through Giving Program with Independent Agents

24 organizations in Wisconsin will receive donations for COVID-19 relief efforts

By - May 5th, 2020 02:30 pm

MILWAUKEE, WI – West Bend Mutual Insurance Company (West Bend) has partnered with its independent insurance agencies to support local organizations that are helping those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 78 independent agents in 14 states committed to donating $500 each; West Bend then pledged an additional $2,000 to each organization.

West Bend’s donations come from grants made through its Independent Agents’ Fund and are part of the company’s Spirit of the Silver Lining Awards. These awards and grants are presented annually to nonprofit organizations supported by the company’s independent insurance agents.

“What’s more meaningful about this effort is our agencies are making contributions, as well,” said Kelly Tighe, senior vice president of Sales at West Bend. “This is a true partnership.”

West Bend made the decision to support nonprofits that provide timely, essential services to people directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These include food pantries, blood centers, and free clinics, among many others.

These organizations in the Milwaukee area will each receive a $2,500 donation. View a complete list here.

INDEPENDENT INSURANCE AGENCY RECIPIENT ORGANIZATION
BWO Insurance Group, LLC South Milwaukee Human Concerns
Johannesen Farrar, Inc. The Tree House Child and Family Center
KVS Insurance Mukwonago Food Pantry
Vizance, Inc. Inspiration Ministries
Couri Insurance Group MACC Fund
HNI Risk Services, LLC New Berlin Food Pantry
David Insurance Agency, Inc. Careers Industries, Inc
R & R Insurance Services, Inc. LindenGrove Foundation
American Advantage – Lindow Insurance Inc. Waukesha Food Pantry
Starr Insurance Group Christian Hope Ministry
Ansay & Associates Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern WI

West Bend Taking Action Amidst COVID-19

Policyholders: West Bend recently distributed one-time $50 checks to over 68,000 Wisconsin residents. In addition, the company is extending premium due dates for all policyholders impacted by the crisis and automatically providing coverage on personal vehicles used by employees of restaurants that now offer delivery services.

Associates: West Bend’s associates number more than 1,300, all of whom are committed to providing exceptional service to policyholders and agents. As a small gesture of support, West Bend gifted each associate with a $150 bonus to use as a donation to a favorite nonprofit organization or toward restaurant carry-out or patronage of local businesses, both as a reward for their hard work in these trying times and as a way they can show support for businesses and organizations affected by the statewide Safer-At-Home orders.

Community: The West Bend Mutual Insurance Charitable Trust awarded grants to more than 20 nonprofit organizations, many of which provide direct support or relief for the COVID-19 crisis in the community. The two largest donations were awarded to Feeding America and the Red Cross of Southeast Wisconsin, which each received $50,000 to aid their noble pursuits to provide food, shelter, and blood to those in need during this very uncertain time.

Additional Information

Organizations such as the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, the Department of Insurance, and the Department of Commerce in each state have compiled resources that businesses and individuals in those states can refer to for information and/or help. Information is linked on our website COVID-19 Resources.

West Bend strives to be a helpful resource to both agents and its policyholders and has compiled any updates regarding relief options on this page, West Bend Response.

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