The Insurance Industry Charitable FoundationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s (IICF) Week of Giving, an eight-day industry-wide volunteer event kicks off Saturday across the U.S.
During the week (October 12 Ã¢â‚¬“ 19, 2013), teams of insurance industry volunteers will provide three or more hours of volunteer service at neighborhood and community nonprofit organizations.
Since 2001, the insurance industry has generated over 166,000 hours of volunteer service, serving over 150 nonprofits nationwide, and engaging thousands of volunteers in 36 states.
The IICF provides online signup for volunteer teams and coordinates contact with the charities for which volunteers work.
For a glimpse into last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s IICF Week of Giving check out this video:
For many children and their parents Sesame Street is synonymous with childhood as characters like Big Bird, Elmo, Ernie and Bert deliver education and entertainment to the pre-school set.
So the launch of an early literacy education initiative for underserved children via a partnership between the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization, is a notable development.
The IICF has pledged $750,000 to Sesame Workshop over the next three years, to create a literacy skills program that helps parents and caregivers support young childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s development of conversation, reading and writing.
The program will launch in the fall of 2013 and will include video segments, downloadable materials and a dedicated section on the Sesamestreet.org website and mobile site.
This is the IICFÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest single grant pledge to-date since the organization was established in 1994.
The initiative will target low income communities within IICF’s four regional divisions; Midwest, Northeast, Texas/Southeast, and the Western United States and will also engage volunteers in all of these regions.
William Ross, chief executive officer of the IICF, says:
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an honor and privilege to be working with the Sesame Workshop, an organization that is passionate about making an educational impact for children in the communities in which we work and serve. Through this program, we are hoping to create a meaningful difference by creating an impactful literacy foundation for the underserved children in this country.Ã¢â‚¬