MLK Day of Service Recognized Companywide

Personal Lines Underwriter Pam Gutting puts a fresh coat of paint on a windowsill at the YMCA in Erie, Pa.

Feb. 1, 2012 - Employees across ERIE’s footprint honored Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of service this year.

During the week of Jan. 16, 2012, Erie-based Employees volunteered at three separate locations to help nonprofit organizations within walking distance of the Home Office. Employees from the Indiana Branch contributed their time and talent too.

Volunteers from Erie Family Life, Commercial Lines Underwriting and Personal Lines Underwriting participated in various events.

Cherise Coles, human resources generalist, and a Pfeiffer-Burleigh student put their heads together to solve a homework question.

On Jan. 16, volunteers served a meal to members of the Erie Center on Health and Aging. They also spent time playing pool, participating in exercise classes and playing games with the seniors.

Also that week, Employee volunteers helped renovate areas of the Downtown Erie YMCA, while others tutored students at Pfeiffer-Burleigh School.

Volunteers from the Indiana Branch also rolled up their sleeves to help the nonprofit organization Teachers’ Treasures. Indiana Employees spent a day sorting through pallets of donated items and preparing them for pick-up at a discounted price by local educators.

Rochelle Krowinski, CEO of Erie's Center of Health and Aging, receives a check for $1,500 from Erie Family Life Senior Vice President Mike Plazony.

“Organized Employee volunteerism is a way for us to demonstrate that ERIE Employees strive to be Above all in SERVICESM not only in our interactions with Customers, but also within the communities where we work and live,” says Diann Graham, senior community outreach specialist, who helped organize the MLK Day of Service initiatives with the support of other volunteer coordinators throughout the company.

Time wasn’t the only thing ERIE donated. Each of the four organizations Employees visited during the week of Martin Luther King Day also received a donation of $1,500.