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Allstate employees contribute their professional skills and make new connections

Skills-based volunteering offers employees the chance to build new skills, meet new people and find purpose in their work.

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Allstate volunteers take giving back a step further – they offer their professional skills, which helps nonprofits advance their mission.

November 4, 2022

Volunteering is usually associated with activities like cleaning up a park, painting a school or packing canned goods for the food pantry.

Skills-based volunteering, however, enables people to use their professional talents to support nonprofit organizations. According to the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, more than half of U.S. companies offer these opportunities to their employees, and Allstate is one of them.

The Allstate Foundation has sponsored seven daylong skills-based volunteering events since 2021. These "Days of Service" have allowed Allstate employees to help 47 nonprofits in 2022 alone.

"We walked away with a plan that was clear, actionable and helps our organization move forward with some changes to our website and its optimization," said Toni St. John, director of development and communications for the Women's Law Center of Maryland. "Nonprofits like ours rarely have the technical support or funds to pull off these kinds of projects."

Although employees who volunteer are there to give, they're often surprised by how much they get.

'Another layer of purposefulness to my role'

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Amy Bohms, Property-Liability Service Delivery

Amy Bohms is a licensed service representative in Property-Liability Service Delivery who has participated in several skills-based volunteering activities at Allstate. She got to use knowledge from various points in her career to give back, while building new skills and meeting new people.

Bohms worked with a Native American nonprofit called Nimiipuu Protecting the Earth during a Day of Service. Nimiipuu's leaders wanted to bring in volunteers to educate their tribe about preventing domestic violence after an incident in their community, and she knew how to help.

She drew on her previous experience recruiting volunteers while working as an activity director for a skilled nursing facility. One of her programs involved local high school students serving as prom "dates" for residents attending a facility senior prom. The high schoolers also helped with decorations for the event.

For Nimiipuu, Bohms researched area colleges to see if any mentioned volunteer work as part of their graduation requirements or had Native American or social work student clubs. She made a list of those she found and included it among the materials shared with the organization at the end of the day.

'I'm growing myself as I do these things'

Headshot of Allstate employee Melissa Dolan.

Melissa Dolan, Allstate Technology, Services and Ventures

Melissa Dolan is an administrative assistant in Allstate Technology, Services and Ventures. She's been an active volunteer for years and has participated in several recent Days of Service, working on projects for nonprofits focused on causes ranging from domestic violence to youth empowerment.

During many of the events, Dolan has embraced the skills she's built in her day-to-day role – taking detailed notes or building an intricate spreadsheet. But over time, she's found she can move beyond those skills into areas she might not explore otherwise.

"I found what I like the most is being in a group where I'm not the administrative assistant for the team for the day," she said. "I'm actually able to contribute to the creative side. I'm learning more. I'm growing myself as I do these things and being able to step outside the box."

'That makes me proud as an Allstater'

Headshot of Allstate employee Israel Olvera.

Israel Olvera, Claims

Israel Olvera has spent almost 10 years at Allstate in various roles in Claims. He's currently also part of a two-year leadership development program, but he still made time for the company's June 2022 Day of Service. "I've always been passionate about giving back," he said.

Olvera was part of a project to support Urban Gateways, a Chicago-based organization that uses art to inspire young people to create positive social change. The experience prompted him to look for ways he might help other nonprofit organizations in his local community in Yuma, Arizona.

"I love storytelling as well – I do that through film," he said. "I started reaching out to local nonprofits to see if their board needs refreshed headshots for their executive page or a mission video to pitch fundraising efforts. That was inspired directly from this Day of Service.

"I'm constantly amazed at how much Allstate gives back in different ways," he added. "That makes me proud as an Allstater."

A good deal all around

Almost 50 nonprofit organizations have benefited from Allstate's Days of Service in 2022 so far. These events have some powerful benefits for employees, too. Among the 221 participants this year:

considered the experience a useful professional development opportunity

said the experience improved their collaboration skills

believe the experience improved their strategic thinking skills

said their skills were a good match for the project and that they added value to the project challenge

stated the Days of Service positively influenced their interest in volunteering

The Allstate Foundation

The Allstate Foundation empowers people and communities so they can thrive. With the help of engaged employees and agents, The Allstate Foundation is committed to making an impact in empowering youth to succeed and lead, disrupting the cycle and prevalence of relationship abuse and closing the racial opportunity gap for careers with living wages – all to help create a more equitable world where people and communities can thrive.

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